Akram Khan

Main photo credit: DESH, Akram Khan Company. Image © Richard Haughton

In collaboration with Bengal Foundation, the British Council staged Akram Khan's award-winning production of DESH for the first time in Bangladesh on 2014.

DESH (meaning 'homeland' in Bangla) draws multiple tales of land, nation, resistance and convergence into the body and voice of one man trying to find his balance in an unstable world.

Moving between Britain and Bangladesh, Khan weaves threads of memory, experience and myth into a surreal world of surprising connection. At once intimate and epic, DESH explores fragility in the face of natural forces, and celebrates the resilience of the human spirit in the rhythms of labour, in dream and story, and in transformation and survival.

A celebrated British-Bangladeshi choreographer and performer, Akram Khan represented both the best of British and Bangladeshi talent, and with his performance of DESH in the Shilpakala Academy, the British Council aimed to bring contemporary dance to new audiences in Bangladesh. Along with the main performance, there had been also LIVE outdoor screenings of the performance, along with workshops and panel discussions.  

DESH had been performed on 19 and 20 September 2014 at the Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka. For more information, please contact us.