Will the movement be influenced by kathak?
I think it’s always there. It’s quite circular, my movement. I always see it through a
kathak eye; I cannot not see it that way.
You have two very young children. Have they changed the way you dance, or look
The way I look at dance, yes. I think part of Chotto Desh came out of having a baby
girl. It’s an adapted version of DESH that’s become so successful that it’s touring the
world; we have two years of bookings.
What projects have you got cooking after Giselle?
My solo will start in 2017 and premiere in 2018 and will be the last full-length solo
of my career. (I will still dance but not full-length solos.) It’s based on something
in Greek mythology. I’ve done a lot of preparation, but then I stopped completely
for Giselle. I’m terrified and super-excited about Giselle. This is my first full-length
ballet, god help me. What’s scary is, How do I make something that speaks to you
for two hours? The essence of it is about love, betrayal and forgiveness. How do I
get that across without losing the intensity? n
Wendy Perron is Dance Magazine’s editor at large.
How Tamara Rojo Is Rocking the Boat
A former star of the much larger and better-funded Royal Ballet, Tamara Rojo has
shaken things up at English National Ballet. In the four years since she took the
helm, ENB has brought in stars like Alina Cojocaru and Ivan Vasiliev, commissioned
three women choreographers for a mixed bill and announced plans to move to a
new home in East London. While still committed to traveling around the UK, ENB
has broken company box office records in London and has been named the first
associate ballet company of Sadler’s Wells, London’s top dance presenter. Still
performing as a dancer, Rojo worked closely with Khan in originating a lead role in
Dust for Lest We Forget. So she knows, on the level of bone and muscle, as well
as on the level of artistry, what Khan is capable of. “She has transformed the entire
way the company works,” says Khan. “I think she’s put ENB right at the top of all the
ballet companies. The most interesting work right now is coming out of ENB.” —WP
Khan and Rojo