Akram Khan’s distinctive blend of Kathak and contemporary dance is the hallmark of his award-winning choreography. A Londoner of Bangladeshi heritage, he brings to the arts the voice of the outsider with unique creations related to the twenty-first century, as ballet cautiously welcomes diversity. He spoke with Maggie Foyer of ICONS about his upcoming new full-length work, Creature, for English National Ballet, which premieres now in September.
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- Julia G. - Perhaps compositional techniques are a craft, but choreography encompasses more than composition. Trial and error, an openness to ambiguity are necessary ingredients. Teaching is presenting tasks with the aim to explore process and create art.
- Melissa K. - Choreographers first need to learn the basics -- time, space, force. Then tackle more complex issues -- form, style, abstraction, compositional structures, and choreographic devices.
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