Premiere: 28 March 2002, Creteil, France

Last performance: 7 February 2004, Théâtre de la Ville, Paris

Royal Festival Hall choreographer in residence Akram Khan teams up with the celebrated talents of Anish Kapoor (set design) and Nitin Sawhney (composer) to present his company’s first full length evening work Kaash (Hindi word for “if”). “Hindu Gods, black holes, Indian time cycles, tablas, creation and destruction” are the starting points for this new work for 2002. Danced by a five – strong international cast of performers, Kaash continues Akram Khan’s quest to build bridges between the worlds of contemporary dance and the Indian classical dance form Kathak.



"With its brilliance of movement, his acute musical sensitivity and his questing mind, Akram Khan has become a comet in the horizon, not just of dance, but of the arts"

The Daily Telegraph


Artistic Direction/Choreography Akram Khan
Composer Nitin Sawhney
Additional Music ‘Spectre’ by John Oswald played by The Kronos Quartet
Set Designer Anish Kapoor
Light Designer Aideen Malone
Costume Designer Saeunn Huld

Materials devised and performed by
Rachel Krische (until August 2003)
Akram Khan
Moya Michael
Inn Pang Ooi
Shanell Winlock
Eulalia Ayguade Farro (after August 2003)

Co- Producers
The South Bank Centre
The Tramway
The Vooruit
Maison Des Arts Creteil
Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Kaash has also been created with generous support from The Quercus Trust, The Jerwood Space and Birmingham DanceXchange.

Duration: 55 minutes

In the press

Contemporary dance and the performance of multicultural identities, by Ramsay Burt (2003)

Focusing on the dance piece Kaash, created in 2002 by the young British choreographer Akram Khan, it considers what happens when such contemporary work created by British Asians enters the public domain through performance.


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