Vertical Road

World Premiere: 16 September 2010, Curve Theatre, Leicester
Next: 5 October 2023 with Boston Ballet

In Vertical Road, Akram assembled a cast of very special performers from across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. With a specially commissioned score by long-term collaborator composer, Nitin Sawhney, the piece draws inspiration from the Sufi tradition and the Persian poet and philosopher Rumi. Exploring man’s earthly nature, his rituals and the consequences of human actions, Vertical Road becomes a meditation on the journey from gravity to grace.

‘I died from minerality and became vegetable;
And from vegetativeness, I died and became animal.
I died from animality and became man.
Then why fear disappearance through death?
Next time I shall die
Bringing forth wings and feathers like angels;
After that, soaring higher than angels –
What you cannot imagine,
I shall be that.’  (Rumi)

Akram and Mavin Khoo will be working with Boston Ballet for the first time as they become the first professional company to perform Vertical Road.

For more details on our performances with Boston Ballet, click here.

Vertical Road



Artistic Director/Choreographer Akram Khan
Composer Nitin Sawhney
Lighting Designer Jesper Kongshaug
Costume Designer Kimie Nakano

Producer Farooq Chaudhry
Technical Director Fabiana Piccioli
Set conceived by Akram Khan, Kimie Nakano, Jesper Kongshaug

Material devised and performed by
Salah El Brogy
Yen-Ching Lin
Andrej Petrovic
Elias Lazaridis
Sung Hoon Kim
Sade Alleyne
Rudi Cole
Pauline De Laet

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Vertical Road | Costume Design | by Kimie Nakano

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