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Rush (2000) Akram Khan

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Transcript of Rush (2000) Akram Khan

Multidisciplinary Analysis DANC3
Rush (2000) Akram Khan
Choreographer - Akram Khan
Composer - Andy Cowton
Lighting - Michael Hulls
Premiere - October 5th 2000 MAC Birmingham
Dancers - Akram Khan, Moya Michael and
Inn Pang Ooi
Duration - 30 minutes
Key facts
Created initially as part of a PARTS choreographic project, Brussels
Starting Points
Part 1: Section 1
How can you identify features of Khan's style in the clip shown?
Analysis of Style
How can you see evidence of the starting points in the clip?
Rush was Khan's first group piece, previously he had only created solos - 'Loose in Flight' and 'Fix'

A purely abstract work inspired by the observation of paragliders [parachutists] in freefall

Senses being assaulted
A physical state between tremendous speed and serene stillness
Adrenaline Rush - Spectator and Performer

• Decision to make group work

Energy flow - explored in Fix
How may this have had an impact on the work?
Part 1 - Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Part 2 - Section 1
Section 2 Section 3

Sources of movement
Quotations from
Experiences and images of freefall
Traditional Kathak movements
Exploration of speed
Indian time cyle of 91/2 beats
Film: use of real time and pauses
Contemporary Kathak
Pedestrian movement
Percussive action
Abstract: allusive
Collaborative approach
Not gender specific
Mathematical use of rhythm and structuring
Repetition, variation and motif development
Shifting through the space
leading with body parts
Extreme contrast in dynamics
Evidence of starting points
Downward focus
At the beginning the dancer is the spectator
Spatial restriction - triangles and lines
Direct/bound vs free/indirect - parachute and freefall
Circles and arcs - propellers and parachutes
Fast hurtling to the floor - Eurocrash style rolls
Kathak - classical positions and precise gestures
Precise, organised canons and developments
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