Akram Khan was destined to become one of the world’s leading dancers and choreographers.

When he was 20, Akram Khan – the visionary behind 2018 Festival triumph Giselle – ran from his childhood and never looked back.

He returns home in the documentary The Curry House Kid – to his memories of growing up on Brick Lane with his Bangladeshi parents, and to the violence and racism that shaped his everyday life – all of it culminating in a ruminative, hypnotic dance piece in an abandoned warehouse nearby.

The screening of The Curry House Kid is followed by a panel discussion as part of the  AAF Talks series curated by Rosabel Tan.

Dark Magic
A year on from the Christchurch Terror Attacks and against a global backdrop of increasing division and violence, it feels like there are increasingly higher stakes in the art we create and consume. So where to from here?

Tempo Dance Festival director Cat Ruka, theatremaker Ahi Karunaharan (Tea, A Fine Balance, My Heart Goes Thadak Thadak), poet Nida Fiazi and playwright Stanley Makuwe (The Dead Shall Rise Again, Black Lover) unpack the considerations they make when drawing on their own (and their communities’) experiences, the art that has changed their lives, and the very idea of hope.

Chaired by comedian James Roque (Boy Mestizo, Frickin Dangerous Bro).

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Chair James Roque

Cat Ruka 
Ahi Karunaharan
Nida Fiazi
Stanley Makuwe 

Image Swan Films & All3Media International

The Curry House Kid (UK, 2019; directed by Nick Poyntz) is rated exempt. 46 mins.

[A] brave, beautiful documentary… The choreography is extraordinary: expressive, dynamic and deeply moving.

The Guardian (UK)