Big Dance

In 2016, Akram created the choreography for the 10th and final edition of Big Dance.

This was a unique opportunity for anyone, anywhere across the world, to learn a dance choreographed by Akram, along with specially composed music by Nitin Sawhney.

On Friday 20 May 2016, 41,000 people in 43 countries around the world performed the 3-minute Pledge dance.

"It allows for the ordinary to become beautiful"


London’s final Big Dance in Trafalgar Square

Akram, and rehearsal directors Jennifer Irons and Jose Agudo worked with a team of dance captains and hundreds of participants to create a work unique to the iconic space of Trafalgar Square.

The participants, ranging in age from 14-86 year, from all sorts of backgrounds took the stage on Saturday 2 July 2016 after months of rehearsal and preparation.

Watch the performance film here and a special short documentary film hearing from some of the dancers.


A free set of resources was created to involve people whatever their age, dance experience, ability and location. Dance groups, friends, colleagues would learn the original piece or explore creative ideas to develop their own choreography inspired by Akram’s and using Nitin Sawhney’s music track. These resources can be found on Big Dance website.

Akram Khan on Big Dance 2016

Akram Khan speaks about his choreography for Big Dance Trafalgar Square 2016 and explains why it is such a special experience.

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