Akram Khan Company


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"Lean, thrilling and beautiful."
—The Guardian

Acclaimed choreographer Akram Khan brings the full range of his artistry to bear in his newest work, Until the Lions, based on the ancient epic Mahabharata, using both Indian kathak and modern dance in a tale of transformation and justice exacted by a bride abducted on her wedding day. Rianto, a dancer personally selected by Akram Khan for the lead role, performs with two female dancers and four musicians to tell the bride’s story in a powerful departure from the normally male-centered ancient epic.


One of the most important arts events of the last century was Peter Brook’s production of the Mahabharata, a nine-hour epic that toured the world in the late 1980s. A 13-yearold Akram Khan was part of that company and went on to be one of the world’s top dancers and choreographers. Until the Lions takes Khan back to this source material, more than 30 years after his debut.


—Chris Lorway, Executive Director