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Akram Khan at The Lowry

On Saturday 15 November, The Lowry in Salford opened the doors to a new visual arts exhibition curated by renowned dancer and choreographer, Akram Khan. 

The show marks the second instalment in the venue’s innovative ‘Performer as Curator’ series, which offers performing artists the opportunity to select works of art that have influenced and inspired their work.  The inaugural edition last autumn saw Alison Goldfrapp given the challenge and now Khan has taken on the baton, presenting a personal selection of sculpture, painting, photography, film and live installation.  In typical Khan style, performance is at the heart of the show and in a rather unique twist, on Saturdays throughout the exhibition run visitors will be taken on a guided tour of the exhibition led by children, featuring dancers suspended from the ceiling.   

Four Colman Getty has been working with The Lowry on various projects since 2013 and at the end of last week Jane Acton and Rachael Young took a crowd of journalists up to Manchester to launch Khan’s first foray into the visual arts.  Arts correspondents and critics from the Financial Times, Guardian, Mail on Sunday, BBC News and Time Out all enjoyed a jam-packed day, getting to hear about Akram’s vision for a “surreal, Alice in Wonderland landscape of extremes and whatever may be in between.”  With broadcast appearances on BBC Breakfast and Radio 3’s Free Thinking ahead of the opening, demand for spaces on the tours has rocketed and all but one of the 2014 tours are now sold out.  There’s still chance to catch the show in January though – head to The Lowry’s website to pre-book a much coveted space!


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