Desh,meaning ‘homeland’ in Bengali, is a stirring personal account of culture and the search for a sense of belonging from acclaimed artist Akram Khan. Crossing cultures and oceans from Bangladesh to Britain, Khan takes his audience on a profound and intriguing journey in an incredible 80 minute solo performance.

First performed in 2011, Deshoriginated from Khan’s desire to return to his origins and to create an experience of lasting value in a world that is becoming increasingly disposable. Born and raised in Britain by Bangladeshi parents, Khan draws on his experiences of both places and cultures in this collaboration with Oscar-winning visual artist Tim Yip and Olivier Award-winning composer Jocelyn Pook. Khan himself has received many accolades for his work, including the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production in 2012 for Desh.

References to pop culture are interwoven with traditional storytelling to highlight the connection of families through shared histories, and the way that heritage and stories slowly change over time and generations. The personal, circular narrative will leave audiences thinking for some time afterwards, chewing over certain pieces of the intricate puzzle. Although parts of the performance were performed in Bengali, the emotion and passion of...