Akram Khan Company

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  • Edlis Neeson Theater
    First Floor, Accessible via the Griffin Entrance on Pearson Street
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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Akram Khan Company, bahok. Photo: Hugo Glendinning.


Acclaimed choreographer Akram Khan's newest work, bahok, named for a Bengali word meaning "carrier," explores the ways in which the body carries national identity and a sense of belonging. Culled from disparate cultures, traditions, and dance backgrounds, Khan's dancers play passengers stranded in the limbo of an airport or train station. As they try to communicate "the things they carry with them"—their experiences, their memories of home, and the dreams and aspirations that made them move—the rich mix of backgrounds push the boundaries of spoken and dance vocabularies. Award-winning composer and long-time collaborator Nitin Sawhney creates an original score for bahok.

Running time: 75 min (no intermission), no late seating

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Eulalia Ayguade Farro. Photo: Liu Yang.


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A group of people wearing everyday clothes walk barefoot in a circle around a man standing still on a theater stage while their movements are blurred.
Akram Khan Company. Photo: Liu Yang.


bahok is made possible by the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the National Dance Project, a program administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts. Major support for the National Dance Project is also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from the Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.