Akram Khan Company | Museum of Contemporary Art | Dance | Chicago Reader
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When: Feb. 26-28 2010
Price: $10-$40
Bahok by Akram Khan, a British choreographer of Indian descent, is a spare, beautiful, accessible mix of dance, physical theater, and spoken texts exploring the concept of home. The title, a Bengali word meaning "carrier," may refer to the unspecified method of transport for which eight international travelers wait in a room containing only some chairs and an electronic departures sign. But it also resonates with a question, What are you carrying? (spelled out at times on the sign), which implies both physical and intangible baggage. Khan collaborated with the National Ballet of China on the original 2008 performance, and Nitin Sawhney's score--sometimes gentle, sometimes relentlessly driving, always hypnotic--channels both Indian and Chinese music. Seemingly involuntary moves in which dancers get tossed around the stage like tumbleweeds alternate with everyday gestures and interludes of expert physical comedy that provide relief from the tension of waiting and not knowing that all travelers have experienced. --Laura Molzahn

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