Originally in collaboration with the National Ballet of China
Premiere: 25 January 2008, Tianqiao Theatre, Beijing

Last performance: 15 May 2010, Mei Lanfang Theatre, Beijing

“For nomads, home is not an address,
home is what they carry with them.”

(John Berger, Hold everything dear. p. 129)

After creating intimate duets with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (zero degrees) and Sylvie Guillem (Sacred Monsters), Akram Khan once again joins forces with long-time collaborator and multi award-winning composer Nitin Sawhney, who has created an original score for bahok. Originally in collaboration with China’s classical ballet flagship company, the National Ballet of China, bahok brings together 8 dancers from diverse cultures, traditions and dance backgrounds: Chinese, Korean, Indian, South African and Spanish. As such they resemble a present day version of the tale of Babel, speaking different languages both with their bodies and tongues.

They meet in one of this globalised world’s transit zones and try to communicate, to share ‘the things they carry with them’: their experiences, their memories of their original homes, the dreams and aspirations that made them move. They are carriers. They are bahok.



Artistic Director/Choreographer Akram Khan
Composer Nitin Sawhney
Chinese Music Advisor Gisele Edwards
Additional Music
My Friend of Angel Tribe by Mari Boine

Lighting Designer Fabiana Piccioli
Set Conceived by
Fabiana Piccioli and Akram Khan
Dramaturge Guy Cools

Material devised and performed by
Eulalia Ayguade Farro
Young Jin Kim
Andrej Petrovic
Shanell Winlock
Cheng-Fang Wu
Set Byeol Lim
Sung Hoon Kim

Producer Farooq Chaudhry
Associate Producer Bia Oliveira
Tour Manager Christina Paul
Rehearsal Director Shanell Winlock
Technical Coordinator Richard Fagan
Technician Peter Swikker

Special thanks to
Hisashi Itoh, Hanif Kureishi, Gerard Lemos, Meng Ning Ning,Wang Yitong, Zhang Zhenxin, Sun Chia Ying, Fei Bo, Yuko Inoue, Riz Ahmed, Hester Campbell, Gauri Sharma Triparthi, Kei Ito, Darvish Fakhr and Mr and Mrs Khan


Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London
British Council
The Liverpool Culture Company with Merseyside Dance Initiative
DanceXchange, Birmingham
Theatre de La Ville, Paris
Tanzhaus NRW Dusseldorf
National Arts Centre, Ottawa
China Now, London

Supported by
Arts Council England
The Cultural Leadership Programme
(The Cultural Leadership Programme is a joint programme between Arts Council England, Creative & Cultural Skills and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.)
The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)
bahok was made possible by the Doris Duke Fund for Dance of the National Dance Project, a program administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, JP Morgan Chase Foundation and MetLife Foundation.

Subsidised rehearsal facilities provided by the Jerwood Space.

Duration: 65 minutes, no interval

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