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 Post subject: Akram Khan 2001
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2001 11:25 pm 
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Review in The Telegraph.

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A YOUNG choreographer who launches his career with as startling an opening theme as the innovative Kathak dancer Akram Khan faces a tough call as he tries to develop it.
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 Post subject: Re: Akram Khan 2001
PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2001 12:38 am 
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<B>The full force of Akram Khan</B><BR>Related rocks reviewed by Judith Mackrell<P><BR>For Akram Khan, the commission to choreograph Related Rocks must have felt loaded - and not necessarily in his favour. What kind of etiquette was involved in being the single dance item in a concert of live music? What hope did he and his four dancers have of competing with the forces unleashed in Lindberg's score? These issues all hung on the lone dancer (Inn Pang Ooi) who stood motionless on stage as we walked into the QEH, with the musicians and their huge battery of instruments banked up behind him. Yet the confidence of that single presence sounded the note of certainty with which Khan took control of the work. <P><A HREF="http://www.guardian.co.uk/reviews/story/0,3604,616682,00.html" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A>


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2001 11:00 pm 
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Review in The Independent.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>One benefit of being the Royal Festival Hall's choreographer-in-residence is that you get invited to participate in cross-over evenings with the London Sinfonietta and composers such as Magnus Lindberg, a member of the Finnish school of new classical music. The evening's title, "Related Rocks: the World of Magnus Lindberg", actually referred to just the first third of the programme; but that was the part involving the choreographer Akram Khan and his specially assembled company of four other dancers.<P><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/theatre/dance/reviews/story.jsp?story=109736" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A>


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A review of the recent cross-art form South Bank performance by a music critic who has some problems with the dance element from Akram Khan.<P><BR><B>Dance to the music of 'Rocks'</B> <BR>By DAVID MURRAY in The Financial Times<P><BR>The first tranche of the Magnus Lindberg festivities on the South Bank concluded on Sunday with his recent Related Rocks, for pairs of pianists, percussionists and electronics technicians. Its irrepressible verve and humour - to which the pianists John Constable and Ian Brown did full, rollicking justice - were distanced and diminished by the setting: all the instrumental performers were pinned against the back of the stage in a flat acoustic, so as to make room for the dancers.<P>Yes, the dancers! The current South Bank gang has the idea that "difficult" contemporary music will go down better with audiences if there's a friendly visual component, so their new choreographer-in-residence Akram Khan was enlisted to provide foreground dance for Related Rocks.<P><A HREF="http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=011214001793&query=dance" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A>


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2001 1:10 am 
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Review in The Observer - please scroll down.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Khan had a tough assignment, since the stage was dominated by pianos, synthesisers and a battery of percussion. For the last work of the concert, four grand pianos pounded out Stravinsky's Les Noces, while the London Sinfonietta chorus and soloists filled the rest of the space. Any choreography would have seemed redundant - yet Nijinska's astonishing Les Noces ballet is normally, for dance lovers, an integral part of experiencing the music. With performances as overwhelming as these, dance was bound to seem a distraction. <BR><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.observer.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,619337,00.html" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A>


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