March 07, 2016
Manama: International dance group Akram Khan will be performing a one fo a kind Indian dance show in Bahrain this weekend. The performance, Kaash, combines tradition and modernity in a unique artistic performance to be held in Arad Fort on Friday, March 11th.
Since its first breakthrough in 1999 from Queen Elizabeth’s Theatre in London, Akram Khan continued to work with talents such as Anish Kapoor and Nitin Sawhney and together went on a journey to build bridges between the world of contemporary dance and the world of Indian classical dance (Kathak). The gifted dancer has through his career received various international dance awards, including the Fred and Adele Astaire Award for Best choreographer in a feature film for Desert Dancer, and has established his copmapny which is now “one of the foremost innovative dance companies in the world”.
The famous band gained international recognition through major events around the world, most notably during their participation in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Additionally, Khan has received numerous awards throughout his career including the Laurence Oliver Award, The Bessie Award (New York Dance and Performance Award), the Danza and Danza Award in 2010 from Bolzano, Italy, and the Helpmann award in Sydney, Australia in 2007 for “Best Choreography in a Ballet or Dance Work”. Most recently in 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of London in music, and in 2010 Roehampton University also awarded him with an honorary doctorate.
The Spring of Culture 2016, recognised as one of the most significant cultural events in Bahrain, is organised by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) in cooperation with the Economic Development Board (EDB), Shaikh Ebrahim Centre for Culture and Research, Al Bareh Art Gallery, Al Riwaq Art Space and La Fontaine Centre for Contemporary Art.
This festival, held from February to April, has gained popularity over the years for bringing together unique and talented artists from around the world as well as in Bahrain. The festival also contributes to Bahrain’s tourism sector, which is recognised as one of the main sectors the EDB looks to support as part of its development plans for the Kingdom.
Spring of Culture 2016 Gold sponsors are National Bank of Bahrain (NBB), Huawei and Bahrain Airport Company (BAC). Silver sponsors are ALBA, Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait (BBK), Bahrain Duty Free and Bahrain Airport Services (BAS). The event is also supported by BMMI.
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The full details on the event and its activities are available on the website www.springofculture.org.