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