Akram Khan Company Archive

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

This archive contains records relating to Akram Khan Company including administrative documents, production files, charity work, fundraising and marketing material. This collection also contains personal material relating to Akram Khan and segments from documentaries featuring Akram Khan or the company.

Alongside the paper archive this collection contains large amounts of digital material including correspondence, photographs and audiovisual footage.

Administrative / Biographical History

Akram Khan Company is an award-winning dance company founded by dancer and choreographer Akram Khan and producer Farooq Chaudhry in 2000. The company has toured extensively both internationally and across the UK, challenging the conventions of traditional dance through innovative cultural and artistic collaborations, seeking to use dance as a form of communication and dialogue. The company's mission is to produce "thoughtful, provocative and ambitious dance productions for the international stage. Akram Khan takes human themes and works with others to take them to new and unexpected places." " (Source: www.akramkhancompany.net 2013).

In 2005, Akram Khan was awarded an MBE for his services to dance. He has collaborated with many high profile artists such as Juliette Binoche, Sylvie Guillem, Kylie Minogue and Anish Kapoor. Seen by millions worldwide, Khan choreographed and performed a moving scene at the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, and holds a number of honorary fellowships and personal awards.

Arrangement

The original working order of the archive has been maintained where appropriate. The archive has been divided into the following nine sections:

  • AKC/1 - Administrative records
  • AKC/2 - Financial records
  • AKC/3 - Production records
  • AKC/4 - Marketing and communications records
  • AKC/5 - Advanced Kathak and Contemporary Dance Training (AKCT)
  • AKC/6 - Khan Chaudhry Productions (KCP)
  • AKC/7 - Akram Khan personal records
  • AKC/8 - Farooq Chaudhry personal records
  • AKC/9 - Multimedia

Conditions Governing Access

This archive collection is available for consultation in the V&A Blythe House Archive and Library Study Room by appointment only.Full details of access arrangements may be found here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/ .

Acquisition Information

Gift by Akram Khan Company, 2012. Accrual received in 2014.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The collection contains paper and digital material. The type of records will be indicated at series, subseries and file level.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on copying and commercial reproduction may be found here: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/a/archives/ .

Appraisal Information

The collection was appraised in line with the collection management policy and as per agreement with the company.

Accruals

Accruals are regularly received from the company.

Related Material

See also the core collections of the V&A Theatre and Performance Department. Material relating to Akram Khan and his collaborators may be found in several collections, including the biographical, productions, company and photographs files. Also the following collections contain some items relating to Akram Khan's career:

  • THM/122 - Akademi
  • THM/452 - Peter Brook