Akram Khan responded re: female choreographers. To me, it was the response I needed to hear. You can read it here. I’ll keep the original blog post below, but I do plan on attending his show. In fact- I’m looking forward to it.
I’ve always been a huge fan of Akram Khan. His piece “Ma” in particular grabbed me by the heart, humbled me and inspired my path towards creation. It’s breath taking. True choreographic vision and craftsmanship. In his other work, Mr. Khan collaborates with huge and captivating artists such as Sylvie Guillem and Sidi Larbi. I think I’ve seen all of his work that has toured to Canada since 2007. I always get tickets for when he’s giving a Talk Back and count down the days until I can curl up in the theatre and get lost in the worlds he’s creating. I even once took a Master Class when he was teaching in Ottawa, signing up weeks in advance for the opportunity. He’s a brilliant and fantastic creator. Mr. Khan holds a very special place in the large-scale contemporary dance market. His work is not only beautiful, but also incorporates the traditional style of Classical Indian Dancing Kathak. He brings his unique voice and style of moving/ creation to large audiences. In this way, his work is very important to the global voice of choreography.
Sigh and that’s why the article on the stage.co.uk which sites Mr. Khan as saying “Don’t have more female choreographers for the sake of it” upsets and disturbs me. If those comments are true- I’m devastated. However- I AM going to take a step back and give the man the benefit of the doubt. I’ll be writing to his contact through his website, tweeting and doing research into his comments to find out if they are in fact true, or if they by chance they were taken out of context. As someone who was my hero for so long deserves the benefit of the doubt.
IF, at the end of the day, his comments are true and this is something that he stands by, I’m out. I can’t support the work of someone that doesn’t support me. It’s about being able to recognise your privilege. He’s brought the voice of his culture and history to large stages and should be applauded for that. That is a HUGE deal. I’m not here to take his success and his accomplishments away from him, but at the end of the day he’s a man. And male privilege is very much alive in contemporary dance.
You can read the article in question here. And read two eloquent blog post that back up why his comments are wrong/offensive.
WTF Akram Khan by lovedancemore.org
You’re wrong, Akram. by theguardian.com
I work joe-jobs and I take catering shifts and I don’t always know where rent is coming from for next month. I work hard for my money and it means a lot to me. I put the money down months ago to make sure that I saw Mr. Khans work when he was in town, but I’m afraid to say that I can’t justify this anymore. If after I dig a little deeper into this and if his comments turn out to be true. I will be selling my tickets.