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Akram Khan, Rush- An overview

A lesson for Year 12 A-Level Dance students studying Rush. Information about Kathak and choreographer.
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Amanda Casey

on 10 February 2013

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Transcript of Akram Khan, Rush- An overview

Akram Khan Rush Starting Points Kathak Composer - Andy Cowton Watch and Try... Premiered 5th Oct 2000 Classical Indian dance style evolved from ancient origins fused with contemporary. Inspired by parachute jumpers and free-falling.
Experimenting with the five senses.
Began by improvising, focusing on visualising movement/positions related to freefall, and the senses. Classical Indian dance style evolved from ancient origins. Kathaka is the ancient Hindu word for a story teller. Traditionally a solo with variations over time Characterised by muscularity, speed, grace, agility and musicality Lighting - Michael Hulls Premiered -5th October 2000, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham. Dancers- Akram Khan, Moya Michael,Gwyn Emberton (until Jan 2002)Inn Pang Ooi (from Jan 2002) Duration - 30mins Costume - Akram Khan Sentiment (Rasa) and mood (Bhava) are vital concepts. An Overview Incorporates fast footwork (Tatkar), spins (Chakkar), and hand gestures that express the story, often linking to Hindu gods. Watch the clip of Akram Khan talking about Kathak rhythm and footwork.

1. Have a go at creating a verbal rhythm.
2. Perform it with your feet using the 4 different sounds the foot makes. Outside of the foot- Tooma Whole foot - Dar Parts of the foot used - Ball of foot - Baa Flattened foot- Tahar http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/kathak-dance-with-akram-khan/9469.html

2.00mins - 3.34mins Learning Outcomes Gain factual information about Rush Appreciate the context of Akram Khan's dance beginnings and how it has influenced his work. Have a better understanding of Kathak dance, through composing and performing.
Divide the reading into chunks to read in small groups.

As a class create a timeline of key facts and dates that have influenced and affected Akram Khan's work About Akram Khan
Task- Reference
Lorna Sanders, (2004)
Akram Khan's Rush, Creative Insights Watch Rush
See if you can identify some of the features of Kathak discussed.
Can you give examples of actions?

Briefly discuss as a group your thoughts of the piece.
-How did it make you feel?
-What mood was it?
-What structure did you see?
- How does it compare to other choreography's you have seen?
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