Akram Khan is one of the most celebrated dance artists today, building his reputation on the success of imaginative, highly accessible and relevant productions such as Until the Lions, Kaash, iTMOi (in the mind of igor), DESH, Vertical Road, Gnosis and zero degrees.
'Looking back, I feel that there were two components that have been an integral part of my artistic development. The first one was hard work and dedication needed from oneself, and the second was having the courage to continue and grow, because of an external force. That external force is what I call 'belief', not from oneself, but from others. I believe Arts Award supports both components, and offers both support and recognition for young artists.
'It gives me great honour to be in the shoes of the people who once believed in me, and I hope this in turn will provide a place for you to continue believing in yourself and your art.'