Rose Theater, Lincoln Center
New York, NY
November 7, 2013
By Martha Sherman
Copyright © 2013 by Martha Sherman
With a plastic body and changeable face, Akram Khan does more than dance in “DESH” -- he whirls through a story of three generations, with his own life at the center. Desh means homeland in Khan’s native Bengali, and using imagination and imaginative stagecraft at the Rose Theater, Khan plays a man who wrestles with his culture. He mixes traditional Indian kathak dance, rhythmic and story-based, and his own idiosyncratic modern vocabulary, a swirl of shoulders, arms, and fingers around lower limbs that rapidly torque and slide in shifting directions.