Akram Khan Company
Chotto Desh


Chotto Desh is a magical dance theatre experience for you and your family to enjoy together. A playful story about identity and a young man’s childhood, about his parent’s expectations and the importance of following your dreams. With spectacular animations and specially-composed music, we move between the bustling streets of Bangladesh and an enchanted forest. There we meet both a gigantic elephant and upset gods of the forest.

Akram Khan is one of the most renowned and celebrated choreographer of our time. With roots in traditional kathak dance, he has developed his own unique contemporary style. He has toured the world and worked together with stars such as Juliette Binoche, the National Ballet of China and Sylvie Guillem. Chotto Desh is Akram Khan’s first work for families and is inspired by his own childhood, with one foot in the UK and the other in Bangladesh.

Performed in English.

Target audience: From 10 years of age. Length: 50 minutes.


Artistic Direction and Original Choreography: Akram Khan
Direction and Adaptation: Sue Buckmaster (Theatre-Rites)
Music Composition: Jocelyn Pook
Lighting Design: Guy Hoare
Stories imagined by: Karthika Naïr and Akram Khan
Written by: Karthika Naïr, Sue Buckmaster and Akram Khan
Assistant Choreographer; Jose Agudo
Grandmother’s voice: Leesa Gazi
Jui’s voice: Sreya Andrisha Gazi
Dancers: Dennis Alamanos / Nicolas Ricchini
Producer: Claire Cunningham on behalf of AKCT
Original Visual Design: Tim Yip
Original Visual Animation: Yeast Culture
Original Costume Supervisor: Kimie Nakano
Sound Designer and AV Engineer: Alex Stein
Music Engineer: Steve Parr
Costume Reconstruction Advisor: Martina Trottmann
Technical Producer: Sander Loonen (Arp Theatre)
Painted Head Sequence devised by: Damien Jalet with Akram Khan
‘Bleeding Soles’ lyrics: Leesa Gazi
Singers: Melanie Pappenheim, Sohini Alam, Jocelyn Pook (voice/viola/piano), Tanja Tzarovska, Jeremy Schonfield
We gratefully acknowledge the artists who contributed to the original production of DESH by Akram Khan Company.
Co-commissioned by: MOKO Dance, Akram Khan Company, Sadler’s Wells London, DanceEast, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Mercat de les Flors Barcelona, Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2016 and Stratford Circus Arts Centre.
Supported by: Arts Council England

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