Akram Khan(1974-), Dancer and choreographer
Sitter in 2 portraits
British-Bangladeshi, Khan began studying Kathak aged 7, going on to become one of the most acclaimed choreographers and dancers working in Britain today. Khan is known for respectfully and imaginatively fusing east and west, classical and contemporary and for pushing boundaries in dance. He has devised numerous award-winning collaborations with artists and musicians, including In-I at the National Theatre with actress Juliette Binoche and production design by artist Anish Kapoor. Khan and his dance company performed in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. Khan was appointed MBE in 2005. “Dance can transcend and break through many barriers that other things cannot” he has said.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below