Akram Khan’s “Dust” (Glastonbury Festival 2014) video


GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 29:  Members of the English National Ballet perform a piece called 'Lest We Forget' on the Pyramid stage during day three of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 29, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. Tickets to the event, which is now in its 44th year, sold out in minutes even before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid �1, now attracts more than 175,000 people.  (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND – JUNE 29: Members of the English National Ballet perform a piece called ‘Lest We Forget’ on the Pyramid stage during day three of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton on June 29, 2014 in Glastonbury, England. Tickets to the event, which is now in its 44th year, sold out in minutes even before any of the headline acts had been confirmed. The festival, which started in 1970 when several hundred hippies paid �1, now attracts more than 175,000 people. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images

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Akram Khan and Tamara Rojo teamed up to perform Dust as part of English National Ballet’s production Lest We Forget, which commemorates the centenary of the First World War. Akram Khan’s work Dust is about the empowerment of women in the war, especially as they became the main workforce in the country.

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Members of the English National Ballet perform "Dust", choreographed by Akram Khan, from "Lest We Forget" on the Pyramid Stage, on the last day of the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts in Somerset, southwest England, on June 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the English National Ballet perform “Dust”, choreographed by Akram Khan, from “Lest We Forget” on the Pyramid Stage, on the last day of the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts in Somerset, southwest England, on June 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEALLEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

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Akram said: “The piece is inspired by two things. First, the concept of a trench, of the young men and old men all going into trenches, and disappearing. The other substantial part was inspired by the women. In WW1 there was a huge social shift towards women. They needed weapons made for the war, they needed a huge workforce. I felt this shift in role was interesting. They knew they would be letting go of fathers, husbands, and sons; they might lose them. Yet they were making weapons that would kill others’ fathers, husbands, and sons. It didn’t matter which side you were on – they both felt loss and death. But in order for someone to live someone else was putting their life on the line. That cyclical thing was what I wanted to explore.”

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