Dancer-choreographer Akram Khan is tackling the rise of xenophobia in his latest work 'Xenos' which he says will be his last as a leading performer. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. One of Britain's most celebrated contemporary dancers, Akram Khan, is tackling the rise of xenophobia in his latest work, which he says will be his last in as a leading performer. The production, "Xenos," is Khan's tribute to the Indian soldiers of the British Empire who fought in World War I. It focuses on the story of shell-shocked Indian soldier, but also tackles contemporary political issues. Khan, 43, will dance a provisional segment from 'Xenos' at the opening night of the Darbar Festival, an annual festival of classical Indian music, on Thursday (November 9) in London. Following its full premiere next year in Athens, 'Xenos' will tour Australia, North America, and Europe with a staging at Sadler's Wells theatre in London in 2018. Born in London to Bangladeshi parents, Khan was awarded an MBE in 2005 for services to dance. Khan says he is going to step down from dancing in full-length productions as a lead, but will still dance smaller roles. Besides wanting a respite from physical demands of dancing, he wants to focus on other areas.