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

Akram Khan
Moya Michael
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.

In the press

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.


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