The Silent Burn Project

Welcome to the The Silent Burn Project.

This programme is dedicated to everyone who has walked with us on this unpredictable 20-year adventure. It’s for all the company members and artists from start to present, and for those who feel silenced and who are yet to find their voice.

 

 

The extended version of Clouds of Witnesses is now available for you to watch here. The feature included in the programme is the first part of a much larger conversation!

 


 

The Silent Burn Project presents newly created dance and music films recorded all around the world that will transport you from your homes. Shot mainly in outdoor spaces, the short dance films feature our Company artists: Yen-Ching Lin, Ching-Ying Chien, Theo TJ Lowe, Kristina Alleyne, Sadé Alleyne, Kennedy Junior Muntanga, and Akram Khan himself. We invited a few of our beloved musicians Sohini Alam, Nina Harries, B C Manjunath, David Azurza and Chitra Poornima Sathish to perform parts of heartrending pieces you might be familiar with.

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“After twenty years of unearthing, discovering, and retelling through new lenses, this is a moment for me to reflect and to look back at the footsteps that we at AKC have taken collectively.” – Akram Khan

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As part of the programme we spent some time discussing themes that organically weaved themselves into the fabric of our Company productions. Clouds of Witnesses, which explores Otherness, welcomes American ballerina Misty Copeland, British poet Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Indian cultural critic Rustom Bharucha, South East Asian cultural activist Eddin Khoo and British lecturer in theatre Royona Mitra.

We felt compelled to assemble another group of exhilarating voices for Hijacking God, to examine the subject of God and transcendental experiences. British anthropologist Jerome Lewis, Indian dancer and researcher Jayachandran Surendran, and Indonesian writer and activist Ayu Utami speak candidly about their research and personal perspectives. Both of the conversations will undoubtedly encourage you to expand and deliberate on these topics with one another.

We believe in emphasising that we couldn’t have been able to rise without having fallen several times. Akram and his close collaborators, dramaturg Ruth Little, composer Vincenzo Lamagna, creative associate Mavin Khoo and dancer Joy Alpuerto Ritter, walk you through never-seen-before archive footage captured by Maxime Dos. In the three-part docu-series Symphony of Fingerprints, you’ll hear from each of them on their moments of doubt, challenges and vulnerability through the creative process.

We will also be opening the studio doors once more, with a Classical Intensive documentary, The Surrendering Clown. This feature highlights our legacy work and dives deeply into the Company’s practice.

 


 

We hope you find The Silent Burn Project as inspiring to watch as it was for us to make. To help us continue our storytelling into the next decade, visit our Support Us page to contribute to our future. Thank you, as always, for your love and support.

The Silent Burn Project | Day 20 | #AKC20

with Akram Khan | Filmed by Lorenzo Levrini | Edited by Maxime Dos

The Silent Burn Project | Day 19 | #AKC20

with Nina Harries | Filmed by Lorenzo Levrini | Edited by Maxime Dos

The Silent Burn Project | Day 18 | #AKC20

Symphony of Fingerprints, Act III | Edited by Maxime Dos

The Silent Burn Project | Day 17 | #AKC20

Classical Intensive, Nov 2019 | Filmed and edited by Maxime Dos

The Silent Burn Project | Day 16 | #AKC20

With Jayachandran Surendran, Jerome Lewis and Ayu Utami | Captured by Temple of Fine Arts Inner Space Dance

The Silent Burn Project | Day 15 | #AKC20

with Ruth Little | Filmed and Edited by Maxime Dos

The Silent Burn Project | Day 14 | #AKC20

with Sohini Alam | Filmed by Lorenzo Levrini | Edited by Maxime Dos

The Silent Burn Project | Day 13 | #AKC20

With Akram Khan and Farooq Chaudhry | Filmed by Gary Cross | Edited by Maxime Dos

The Silent Burn Project | Day 12 | #AKC20

with Yen-Ching Lin | Filmed by Kuan-Yu Chen | Edited by Maxime Dos

The Silent Burn Project | Day 11 | #AKC20

with David Azurza | Filmed and Edited by Maxime Dos

The Silent Burn Project | Day 10 | #AKC20

Classical Intensive, Nov 2019 | filmed and edited by Maxime Dos

The Silent Burn Project | Day 09 | #AKC20

with Gregory Maqoma, Moya Michael and Shanell Winlock Pailman | Captured by Temple of Fine Arts Inner Space Dance

The Silent Burn Project | Day 08 | #AKC20

with Kennedy Junior Muntanga, Theo TJ Lowe, Sade and Kristina Alleyne and Ching-Ying Chien | filmed by Lorenzo Levrini | edited by Maxime Dos

The Silent Burn Project | Day 07 | #AKC20

with Misty Copeland, Rustom Bharucha, Eddin Khoo, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan and Royona Mitra | captured by The Temple of Fine Arts Inner Space Dance

The Silent Burn Project | Day 06 | #AKC20

with B C Manjunath | Filmed by Vishwas Avathi | Edited by Maxime Dos

The Silent Burn Project | Day 05 | #AKC20

with Vincenzo Lamagna | Edited by Maxime Dos

The Silent Burn Project | Day 04 | #AKC20

with Chitra Poornima Sathish | Filmed by Lijesh Karunakaran | Edited by Maxime Dos

The Silent Burn Project | Day 03 | #AKC20

with Ching-Ying Chien | Filmed by Lorenzo Levrini | Edited by Maxime Dos

The Silent Burn Project | Day 02 | #AKC20

with Akram Khan & Farooq Chaudhry | Filmed by Gary Cross | Edited by Maxime Dos

The Silent Burn Project | Day 01 | #AKC20

with Theo TJ Lowe, filmed by Lorenzo Levrini | Edited by Maxime Dos

In the press

The Reviews Hub: 'The Silent Burn Project – The Akram Khan Company, YouTube' by Helen Tope (5 October 2020)

To stage an Akram Khan production is a painstaking process: this is not just about perfecting technique, but getting layers of meaning (artistic, social, personal) into the dance.

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The Guardian: 'Akram Khan Company: The Silent Burn Project review – potent tribute to a powerhouse' by Lindsey Winship (5 October 2020)

The rest delves into what goes on behind the scenes. A chat between Khan and his producer Farooq Chaudhry remembers the hunger and naivety of their early days.

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