Monday, February 25, 2019
DePaul Student Center, room 120
2250 N Sheffield Avenue, Chicago
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Screening of the film The Six Seasons
8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Akram Khan in Conversation with DHC Director, H. Peter Steeves
Akram Khan is one of the most innovative, creative, acclaimed dancer-choreographers in the world. Trained in the classical South Asian dance, Kathak, as well as contemporary dance, Khan is celebrated for producing work that imaginatively erases traditional boundaries, thoughtfully incorporates unexpected collaborations, effortlessly fuses seemingly disparate traditions, and ingeniously pushes against the norms and expectations of dance and society in order to fashion something that is so inventively meaningful that it changes how we view ourselves as well as our expectations of dance. An inspired and inspiring artist, Khan’s work never fails to show just what dance is capable of as an art form—on both an individual and a cultural scale.
Less than a week before Harris Theater's U.S.-exclusive presentation of English National Ballet performing Khan's first full-length choreographed ballet—a reimagining of the 1841 classic Giselle that, in Khan's hands, now updates the setting, reimagines the stakes, and unabashedly takes on the issues of sex, gender, race, and class—Akram Khan visits the DePaul Humanities Center to talk about Giselle, dance, his life's work, and why the stakes have always truly been high in the arts and humanities.
(This program is presented in partnership with The Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance.)