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Akram Khan

(1974-), Dancer and choreographer

Sitter in 2 portraits
Khan began studying Indian classical Kathak aged seven, going on to become one of Britain's most acclaimed choreographers and dancers. He is known for respectfully and imaginatively fusing east and west, classical and contemporary, saying: “Dance can transcend and break through many barriers that other things cannot”. Khan has devised award-winning collaborations with artists and musicians such as Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor and Kylie Minogue. He and his dance company performed in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. 2018 marked his final solo performance in Xenos at Sadler's Wells, a work that reflects on the suffering of colonial soldiers in the First World War. He was appointed MBE in 2005.

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Akram Khan, by Darvish Fakhr - NPG 6847

Akram Khan

by Darvish Fakhr
composite of 9 panels in oil, 2008
NPG 6847

Akram Khan, by Paul Stuart - NPG x131222

Akram Khan

by Paul Stuart
C-type colour print, 23 April 2007
NPG x131222


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