'I died from minerality and became vegetable;
And from vegetativeness I died and became animal.
I died from animality and became man.
Then why fear disappearance through death?
Next time I shall die
Bringing forth wings and feathers like angels;
After that, soaring higher than angels
What you cannot imagine,
I shall be that.' (Rumi)
Artistic Director/Choreographer Akram Khan
Composer Nitin Sawhney
Lighting Designer Jesper Kongshaug
Costume Designer Kimie Nakano
Producer Farooq Chaudhry
Technical Director Fabiana Piccioli
Set conceived by Akram Khan, Kimie Nakano, Jesper Kongshaug
Material devised and performed by
Eulalia Ayguade Farro,
Salah El Brogy,
Sung Hoon Kim
Dramaturge Ruth Little
Researcher Jess Gormley
Rehearsal Director Andrej Petrovic
Technical Coordinator Richard Fagan
Technicians Peter Swikker, Lucy Record
Tour Manager Arthur Laurent
Sponsored by COLAS
Curve Leicester, Sadler's Wells London, Theatre de la Ville Paris,
National Arts Centre Ottawa, Mercat de les Flors Barcelona
Produced during residencies at Curve, Leicester and DanceEast, Ipswich
Supported by Arts Council England
Special thanks to Assis Carreiro, Paul Kerryson, Alistair Spalding, Béatrice Abeille Robin, Isadora Papadrakakis, Jayne Stevens,
More and more, I am pulled reluctantly towards a strong horizontal current, which is a place where time is moving at such high velocity, that even our breath is forced to accelerate just in order for us humans to survive. And I have always believed, that it is in our slow exhalation, where the sense of this deep spiritual energy resides. In a world moving so fast, with the growth of technology and information, I am somehow inclined to move against this current, in search of what it might mean to be connected not just spiritually, but also vertically.
Fertile dance that touches the soul and lingers in the imagination.
Eamonn Kelly | THE AUSTRALIAN |
Vertical Road is a riveting piece of dance.
Jordan Beth Vincent | SYDNEY MORNING HERALD |
An evening of rare intelligence and artistry
Gerald Dowler | FINANCIAL TIMES | 9 October 2010|✭✭✭✭
A visceral evening of choreography
Sarah Compton | THE DAILY TELEGRAPH | 8 October 2010|✭✭✭✭
Vertical Road's physical power is irresistible
David Dougill | THE SUNDAY TIMES |
At once exquisite and thrilling.
Luke Jennings | THE OBSERVER |
Khan's journey of reconnection is a harrowing, beautiful puzzle
Judith Mackrell | THE GUARDIAN |18 Sept 2010|✭✭✭✭
Hugely inspiring and profoundly disturbing, terrible and beautiful at the same time.
Pat Ashworth | THE STAGE |
Akram Khan Company
Founded in August
Akram Khan Company tours extensively both within the United Kingdom and internationally at leading international festival and venues, performing a diverse range of programmes including classical kathak solos, ensemble productions and
WARNING: Strobe Light, Smoke, Loud Sound
Message from Hervé Le Bouc, Chairmanand
CEO of COLAS, sponsor of Vertical Road
I met Akram Khan before I had ever actually seen his work. In April
During the meal, I watched Akram, and he watched me. The powerful yet timid expression in his eye, his simple gestures, even his very presence astounded me, and yet, I felt at ease. We both spoke of the paths we had taken, of our lives, and of the meaning, the value of the social link created by Roads. He explained to me the role of the human body as he sees it - a vector of communication, cultural memory and personal history. And, then, both of us began to see that our two worlds obviously shared the idea of forming links between people and peoples.
From the confrontation of our ideas on Diversity emerged a common image: the Vertical Road. Today, the management team at Colas, which does nearly half of its business in international markets, is still very French and very
What I mean by 'Diversity' is that of the human experience, and even more, of the desire to experience life. I do believe that the young, the old, women, the strong and the weak, will enjoy building a heterogeneous work environment, making them more efficient, keeping their minds stimulated. People will be able to draw on other strengths, pull away from obvious,