For his new Channel 4 documentary, Khan – a dancer and choreographer for more than 30 years – trained with three fighters as he explored his relationship with violence
‘I’ve never felt so intimidated in my life,” the choreographer and dancer Akram Khan says. “I was in a room with all these alpha males who were trained to kill, and they were playing with me, like a cat toying with a mouse.”
As a seasoned performer with more than 30 years’ experience, Khan is accustomed to the intimidation of an audience and the charged bodies of his fellow dancers. Yet, for a new Channel 4 documentary, he decided to delve into something darker that has followed him throughout his life: violence.