"Through this ultimately powerful piece, Khan captures both the exhilaration and the desolation of a world on the move." - The Guardian
This production is the first of its kind, originally created with the National Ballet of China in 2006 in a commitment to try something new and meaningful. Bringing together a large flagship national company from China and a small independent contemporary troupe from the UK had its obvious challenges such as language, culture, movement styles, etc. Within these challenges a story was born, one that tells what it's like to be "lost in translation." bahok features eight dancers from China, Spain, Slovakia, India, South Korea, Taiwan and South Africa in the efforts to recreate what happens when strangers from around the globe try to communicate and exchange their memories of "home."
In collaboration with Walker Art Center, this highly anticipated work of London-based choreographer and dancer, Akram Khan molds a relationship between classical ballet and contemporary dance. Performed to original music by composer Nitin Sawney, the dancers take us through their journey of creating a utopian project despite speaking disparate languages of tongue and movement.
Funding provided in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.
The presentation of bahok was 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.
Copresented by the Walker Art Center and Northrop Dance at the University of Minnesota. Support provided by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts.
Additional support is generously provided by Engaging Dance Audiences: A Program of Dance/USA, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The James Irvine Foundation.