With TITAS’ first-ever all dance season, the offerings have been varied and stimulating thus far, and this weekend’s presentation of the Akram Khan Company only further proves TITAS’ mission of creating unique and innovative programming.
Akram Khan is one of the most acclaimed choreographers of his generation working today. British born and of Bangladeshi descent, Khan is celebrated internationally for his stunningly crafted works that demand the audience’s attention. You might have seen a glimpse of his work if you caught the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games. Khan also won an Olivier Award for his solo production ‘DESH’ in 2012, and the company is currently currently practitioner-in-residence at University of the Arts London. It enjoys artistic associations with Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London, MC2: Grenoble in France and other leading venues and festivals around the world.
For his premiere in Dallas, his company will be performing ‘Kaash,’ a collaboration with famed artist Anish Kapoor and composer Nitin Sawhney.
As the company prepares for their debut in Dallas, I spoke with dancer and choreographic assistant Andrej Petrovic.
When did you first find yourself in dance?
The movie ‘Dirty Dancing’ was a starting point. Then when I was 12, I watched my schoolmate performed a Slovakian folk dance and I was mesmerized. I joined my friend during rehearsals and I was lucky to be invited to be part of the group.
I came home exhausted and pleased after my first rehearsal. I got a slap from my mother when I got home as she thought my face was green from smoking or taking drugs.
What is keeping you dancing, working, and creating?
Since joining Akram Khan Company in 2007, you have become a rehearsal director and choreographic assistant, how do you balance being a dancer and being in this leadership position?
What can the audience expect from an Akram Khan Dance Company show?
Can you tell our readers a little bit about ‘Kaash’?
Can you describe the process of restaging this work and teaching it to new dancers?
This is the company’s debut performance in Dallas. What is the most exciting part about coming to a new city?