In Conversation with Great Minds: Akram Khan

AkramKhan.pngThe DePaul Humanities Center is proud to welcome Akram Khan, in person, on Monday, February 25, 2019.  This free, public event is a rare opportunity to meet one of the most innovative, creative, and acclaimed dancer-choreographers in the world.  The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. with a screening of “The Six Seasons,” a documentary by Gilles Delmas chronicling the creation of Khan’s groundbreaking “DESH,” followed at 8:00 p.m. by a live, on-stage conversation between Mr. Khan and DHC director H. Peter Steeves.

Just a few days later, The Harris Theater premieres its U.S.-exclusive presentation of English National Ballet performing Mr. Khan’s first full-length choreographed ballet—a reimagining of the 1841 classic Giselle that, in Mr. Khan’s hands, now updates the setting, reimagines the stakes, and unabashedly takes on the issues of sex, gender, race, and class by, in part, casting Giselle as a refugee.  The choreography itself is, in fact, a mindful fusion of classical western ballet and Indian dance.  Trained in the classical South Asian dance, Kathak, as well as contemporary dance, Mr. Khan is generally 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.  Giselle is sure to be an excellent example of this.  And Mr. Khan’s appearance at the DePaul Humanities Center will allow our community to think together about these issues.

This program is presented in partnership with The Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance.  The Harris Theatre has generously offered a 20% discount to DePaul students, faculty, and staff to attend one of the four performances of Giselle.

Discount code: EDUCATION20

Online: https://www.harristheaterchicago.org/tickets/2018-2019-season/english-national-bal

Box Office: 312-334-7777, Monday to Friday, 12-5pm, and on performance days

Please be aware that there are a limited number of discount-eligible seats, and anyone purchasing with the code may be asked to present his or her DePaul ID on arrival at the theater.  Indeed, the shows are selling out quickly, so if you wish to attend, we suggest getting your ticket immediately.

We look forward to seeing you February 25th!