Akram Khan Company - DESH

Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London
DESH by Akram Khan Company

Sadler’s Wells presents the triumphant return of Akram Khan’s contemporary solo work, DESH, which was lavished with praise after its world premiere in 2011 and a blockbuster run.

DESH, meaning "homeland" in Bengali, is Khan’s most personal work to date. It draws on multiple tales of land, nation, resistance and convergence into the body and voice of one man trying to find his balance in an unstable world. Moving between Britain and Bangladesh, Khan weaves threads of memory, experience and myth into a surreal world of surprising connection. At once intimate and epic, DESH explores fragility in the face of natural forces and celebrates the resilience of the human spirit.

"The most urgent, beautiful and confident work of Akram Khan’s career" - THE GUARDIAN

For this production of DESH, Khan teams up with Oscar-winning visual artist Tim Yip (production designer for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), fellow Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist and lighting designer Michael Hulls, writer and poet Karthika Nair, Olivier Award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook and slam poet PolarBear.

Cast & CreativesEXPAND

choreographer: Akram Khan

lighting designer: Michael Hulls

About the show
  • Age Suitability: All
  • Genre: Dance
  • Opening Night:
  • Closing night:

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Venue InformationHIDE

Sadler's Wells
Rosebery Avenue, London, United Kingdom, EC1R 4TN

  • Nearest tube: Angel (250m)
  • Nearest bus: 19, 38, 341, 171a (Bus stop outside theatre) Sadler’s Wells Express Bus to Farringdon, Waterloo and Victoria stations only leaves 8 mins after each evening performance.
  • Nearest train:
  • Parking: Car Park behind theatre – free space for disabled patrons – please book in advance.
  • Air Conditioned: Yes

Venue Access InformationEXPAND

  • How to book: TEL 0844 871 0090 MINICOM 020 7863 8105 FAX 020 7863 8199 WEB www.sadlerswells.com/access (information only) EMAIL ticket.office@sadlerswells.com (enquiries only)
  • Telephones: 2 accessible phonecard phones by main entrance.
  • Discounts: Discounts available for all disabled theatregoers who join the Access For All scheme. For more information call or write using the above details or email access@sadlerswells.com
  • Limited mobility: Rows J and K in the Stalls and aisle seats have the most leg room.
  • Access description: No steps through entrance on Rosebery Avenue into foyer through automatic doors. Textured flooring to Box Office straight ahead with lowered counters and induction loop. Information monitors above Box Office. Steps have handrails and highlights. Lifts to all levels on right hand side of foyer, or 42 steps to 1st Circle, 63 to 2nd Circle. Signage raised and repeated at wheelchair accessible height. Voice announcements, Braille signage and monitor in lifts.
  • Hearing impaired: Infra-red system with 15 headsets – please book. Avoid back of Stalls. Collect headsets from shop. Deposit required.
  • Guide dogs policy: Guide dogs allowed into auditorium (aisle seats are best) and staff available to dog-sit.
  • Wheelchairs: 15 spaces for wheelchair users in rows J–K of Stalls and in Stalls side gallery. 6 spaces at 1st Circle – take the lift from the foyer (to right of entrance). Companions can sit next to you or nearby depending on how many of the spaces have been booked.
  • Toilets: Men and women’s on 1st Circle and 2nd Circle levels, men’s in basement and women’s on mezzanine. Some toilets have large cubicles with grip rails.
  • Disabled toilets: 5 adapted toilets by right-hand entrance to Stalls, by lifts to 1st Circle and 2nd Circle, at basement and mezzanine levels.
  • Bars: Bars at Stalls, 1st Circle and 2nd Circle levels all have moveable seats and tables and accessible counters.