It has been an intense but beautiful time with the tour. Late 2011 saw our 100th show in France and taking a step back thinking what that meant… It meant that we have been, in just over a year, to nearly 30 countries in about 50 cities. Also, it’s great to see that Vertical Road keeps on getting received well by the audience and even the critics. Earlier this year, the production won the 12th UK Critics’ Circle Award for Best Modern Choreography.
The team had a most deserved break in December to prepare for rehearsals again in January this year and kicked off the new year with a North American tour hitting Canada’s Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec then to New Jersey. From there, it was back to London for more rehearsals and had a single UK performance in Crawley as part of the Arts Council’s Global Event. It was featured as a must see in The Independent’s Arts Agenda.
So from the UK, we headed to Doha, Qatar, which was a marvellous experience. Just like everywhere I go, I feel fortunate to meet some very interesting people. It’s great to see a growth in interest in the arts and particularly art from the Middle East. As an artist from the Middle East, I feel that there is a lot of message to convey through art and this is one of the things that motivates me.
Then last week the destination was Oslo in Norway. Had three shows at Dansens Hus. Oslo is an interesting city, the graffiti has caught my attention. There are so many messages in them and some are interesting and fun art.
This post brings you up to date to where I am. I am in France for the rest of the month starting here in Grenoble, so anyone who wants to watch Vertical Road, please go to the Akram Khan Company website where you can see the calendar of events and links to where you can get the tickets.
Thank you for all the support and kind words.