Akram Khan drawing - NFS

Akram Khan Portrait by Stella Tooth

Akram Khan is one of the biggest names on the international dance circuit, a producer, artistic director and choreographer. He created a prominent section of Danny Boyle's London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony. This drawing interprets Akram's dance using a number of video stills.

"I picked up a book in Canada while I was sitting in the green room and it happened to be a book about film and dance on film. I opened a page randomly and there was Gene Kelly’s words which somehow described the idea that dance on stage is 3D and dance on film is 2D. It’s like a sculpture. Sculpture is 3D, painting is 2D. But what’s extraordinary about Stella’s work was I found it to be quite 3D. It had depth in its layering and that for me was extraordinary.” - Akram Kahn

Akram Khan dancer drawing by Stella Tooth Portrait art representational art figurative art
Akram Khan dancer drawing by Stella Tooth Portrait art representational art figurative art

Akram Khan Portrait by Stella Tooth

Akram Khan is one of the biggest names on the international dance circuit, a producer, artistic director and choreographer. He created a prominent section of Danny Boyle's London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony. This drawing interprets Akram's dance using a number of video stills.

"I picked up a book in Canada while I was sitting in the green room and it happened to be a book about film and dance on film. I opened a page randomly and there was Gene Kelly’s words which somehow described the idea that dance on stage is 3D and dance on film is 2D. It’s like a sculpture. Sculpture is 3D, painting is 2D. But what’s extraordinary about Stella’s work was I found it to be quite 3D. It had depth in its layering and that for me was extraordinary.” - Akram Kahn