London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

Friday 27 July 2012

Akram Khan in London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

Akram Khan was invited to choreograph a prominent section of Danny Boyle’s Isles of Wonder London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. The brief from Boyle to Khan was one word – ‘Mortality’.

The section featured 50 specially selected professional dancers, a 9-year-old boy and Khan himself. Set to the voice of Emeli Sandé singing Abide With Me, the piece was a moment of reflection and contemplation following the vibrant and astonishing, high tempo proceedings.

Khan’s work brought an infectious stillness to the Ceremony, a reminder of our own mortality and the transfer of possibilities and hopes between generations.

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