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Chotto Desh 27 - 28 May 2016

The Ark & Dublin Dance Festival present a captivating experience for ages 7+ from multi award-winning choreographer Akram Khan at the O'Reilly Theatre.

An enchanted imaginary world is skilfully brought to life using a magical mix of dance, text, visuals and sound.

Khan’s DESH was an instant hit with audiences and critics alike when it was first presented in 2011. Now, his much-loved production has been specifically adapted for children and their families.

Chotto Desh (meaning ‘small homeland’), draws on Khan’s unique style of cross-cultural storytelling, creating a thrilling and poignant tale of a young man’s dreams and memories from Britain to Bangladesh. Vivid and touching, this is a show that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit in the modern world.

This is the show's Irish Premiere.

"The Ark is delighted to co-present Akram Khan Dance Company as part of Dublin Dance Festival 2016. Having seen the production, I know our audiences of all ages will love this exquisite and accessible celebration of immigrant life.” Aideen Howard, Director of The Ark

About the O'Reilly Theatre

The O'Reilly Theatre is situated in Belvedere College on Great Denmark Street in the heart of Dublin 1, just five minutes walk from O'Connell Street. Your tickets will be at the venue on the day of the performance.

About Akram Kahn

Akram Khan is one of the most celebrated and respected dance artists today. In just over fifteen years he has created a body of work that has contributed significantly to the arts in the UK and abroad. His reputation has been built on the success of imaginative, highly accessible and relevant productions such as DESH, iTMOi, Vertical Road, Gnosis and zero degrees.

An instinctive and natural collaborator, Khan has been a magnet to world-class artists from other cultures and disciplines. His previous collaborators include the National Ballet of China, actress Juliette Binoche, ballerina Sylvie Guillem, choreographers/dancers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Israel Galván, singer Kylie Minogue, visual artists Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley and Tim Yip, writer Hanif Kureishi and composers Steve Reich, Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost.

Khan’s work is recognised as being profoundly moving, in which his intelligently crafted storytelling is effortlessly intimate and epic. Described by the Financial Times as an artist “who speaks tremendously of tremendous things”, a recent highlight of his career was the creation of a section of the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony that was received with unanimous acclaim.

Khan has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career including the Laurence Olivier Award, the Bessie Award (New York Dance and Performance Award), the prestigious ISPA (International Society for the Performing Arts) Distinguished Artist Award, the Fred and Adele Astaire Award, the Herald Archangel Award at the Edinburgh International Festival, the South Bank Sky Arts Award and six Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. Khan was awarded an MBE for services to dance in 2005. He is also an Honorary Graduate of Roehampton and De Montfort Universities, as well as University of London, and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Laban.

Khan is an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells, London and Curve Leicester.