Akram Khan, by Lorna Sanders (May 2003)
Lorna Sanders writes about the beginning of Akram’s career from Loose in Flight to Fix, Rush, Polaroid Feet, Related Rocks and Kaash.
Premiere: 5 Oct 2000, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham
Last performance: 30 November 2002, Théâtre de la Ville, Paris
A purely abstract work inspired by the observation of parachutists in “freefall”, a physical state between tremendous speed and serene stillness. A rare Indian cycle of nine and a half beats is the choreography basic structure for movement, space and music.
In 2004 Rush became part of the A-levels syllabus in the UK.
Artistic Direction/Choreography/Costumes Akram Khan
Composer Andy Cowton
Lighting Designer Michael Hulls
Gwyn Emberton (until January 2002)
Inn Pang Ooi (from January 2002)
Duration: 30 minutes
Rush has been commissioned by Dance Umbrella, Yorkshire Dance Centre, DanceEast, Birmingham DanceXchange and Sampad.
Rush has been co-produced by P.A.R.T.S (performing arts research training studios) in Brussels as part of The X group project and has been supported by Charleroi Danse in Belgium.
The Akram Khan Company would like to thank Mathilde Monnier for curating the project Rush and for co-financing from the European CoDaCo fund.