Akram Khan’s DESH

Project Overview

DESH is a contemporary solo work from choreographer and performer, Akram Khan. DESH meaning ‘homeland’ in Bengali, draws multiple tales of land, nation, resistance and convergence into the body and voice of one man trying to find his balance in an unstable world.

The production won the Oliver award in 2012 and has since been remixed into a shorter show aimed at a younger audience called Chotto Desh. YeastCulture were commissioned to create the video design and animation elements of both shows.


“The section that had me open-mouthed in wonder begins with Khan telling his niece an evocative fable that his father once told him – and to do her shoe laces up. Suddenly, magically, the laces are transformed into a rope, then a boat, then the very land of elephants and honey bees that he was describing. Take a bow digital animators Yeast Culture.” — The Telegraph