Singapore Arts Festival 2004 Presents Akram Khan Company


Akram Khan Company (UK/Asia)




Festival Gala Performance & World Premiere


 Date:  28 May, 8.30 pm
 29 & 30 May, 8 pm 
 Venue:   Victoria Theatre
 Tickets:  $72, $62, $42, $32, $22
 Duration:  Full length work with no intermission


Post-show dialogue with Akram Khan on 29 May


Co-produced by Singapore Arts Festival, The South Bank Centre (London), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Romaeuropa Festival (Rome), Arts Centre Vooruit (Gent), Tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf), Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Göteborg Dance and Theatre Festival, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New York).


Sponsored by OCBC Bank & British Council Singapore


“This is the kind of movement that tugs at the heart and stays twitching long after the endless applause has finished. There is no doubt about it – Akram Khan is a star.” ~ Diana Evans, The Stage


The world waits with bated breath for the highly anticipated new work by exceptional young choreographer Akram Khan. His biggest creation to date, ma will make its international debut and open the Singapore Arts Festival 2004. This follows Akram’s two-week residency in Singapore.  Skilled in both classical Indian Kathak dance and contemporary techniques, Akram continues exploring the Indian and Western dance and music aesthetics that have shaped his style of choreography.  With text penned by acclaimed writer, Hanif Kureishi, ma showcases seven dancers moving to live music performed by three musicians. The work looks at man’s relationship with his physical and spiritual environment and explores the role of the Kathak dancer as narrator, musician and dancer. ma will also present the rich symbolism of the Indian musical language,  performed live, and its spontaneous, intimate relationship with dance.


"We are delighted to have the remarkable talent of choreographer Akram Khan and his company at the Singapore Arts Festival this year. The creation and world premiere of his new work, ma, marks a new milestone for the Singapore Arts Festival as the first by an international company to open the Festival. We are proud to support Akram Khan and his dance vision, and we hope that his confidence and faith in the Festival will see the beginning of more world premieres of international dance works in Singapore. We wish him every success at the Festival," says Ms Goh Ching Lee, Singapore Arts Festival Director, National Arts Council.


Akram Khan has been described as “gliding like mercury, executing hypnotic, breathtaking choreography that alternates between brilliant speed and miraculous stillness”.  He is the proud winner of the Critics’ Circle Award 2003 for best choreography, the Time Out Live Award 2001 and the Jerwood Foundation Choreography Award 1999.  In April 2003, he completed his highly successful tenure as Choreographer-In-Residence and began his new position as Associate Artist of the Royal Festival Hall in London, the first non-musician to be accorded this status.



  • Annex 1 – ma and Choreographer’s Notes
  • Annex 2 – Akram Khan Company
  • Annex 3 – Profile of Akram Khan
  • Annex 4 – Profile of Performers and Production Team