Akram Khan Company | A work for families

‘Chotto Desh’ is the first ever family show created by Akram Khan, one of Britain’s most respected choreographers and dancers and is reworked from his Olivier Award-winning autobiographical solo show DESH. It is performed by Dennis Alamanos and Nicolas Ricchini on alternate performances.

Bengali for ‘small homeland’, Chotto Desh tells a playful story of a boy who dreams of becoming a dancer, weaving together tales within tales of a son who rebels against the wishes of his father, and of a mythical child who angers the forest gods by collecting their forbidden honey.

Featuring dream-like animations of elephants, crocodiles and swirling clouds of butterflies, as well as a hypnotic musical score composed by Jocelyn Pook, Chotto Desh uses movement storytelling to explore ideas of homeland and identity, our relationships with our parents and our need to forge an individual path through life, with athletic choreography bringing together classical Indian Kathak, ballet and contemporary dance movements.

Chotto Desh Teachers CPD

A workshop on 20 September in the Brewhouse Studio, 3.30pm – 5.30pm. A unique opportunity for teachers and dance practitioners to work with a dancer from the company. For more information, please look under the ‘Activities’ section on our website, or click this link.


In just over seventeen years, the Akram Khan Company has established itself as one of the foremost innovative dance companies in the world. Embracing an artistic vision that both respects and challenges Indian kathak form and contemporary dance, Akram Khan has created a substantial body of critically acclaimed work that ranges from classical and modern solos to artist-to-artist collaborations and company productions. The Company has a major international presence and enjoys busy tours that reach out to many cultures and peoples across the globe.

Akram Khan is one of the UK’s most celebrated and influential artists, admired for his unique style of intimate yet epic storytelling. He gained worldwide praise for his creation of part of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, and in imaginative but highly accessible productions including Gnosis, zero degrees and Vertical Road, he has collaborated with figures including actress Juliette Binoche, ballerina Sylvie Guillem and visual artists Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley Drawing on Khan’s own childhood, Chotto Desh has profound messages about the stories and memories we hold dear, for children and adults alike.

“Dance can transcend and break through many barriers that other things cannot” – Akram Khan



21 September 2017 2:00PM & 7:00PM For details of dates & times,
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Ticket Prices

Full Price from £14.00 Concessions from £10.00
Suitable for ages 7 and above

Running Time

60 mins