Akram Khan interview: ‘Sex and dance go together for a reason’

The dancer and choreographer Akram Khan presents Sky Arts' new series Why Do We Dance? 
The dancer and choreographer Akram Khan presents Sky Arts' new series Why Do We Dance? Credit: Rii Schroer

There’s a saying that dancing is the vertical expression of a horizontal desire, and acclaimed dancer and choreographer Akram Khan does not necessarily disagree.

“Sex and dance go together for a reason,” he says. “Animals use movement in their courtship rituals to attract a mate. Dancing is the most animalistic human thing. [It] releases a chemical burst of pleasure, an endorphin rush that also happens during orgasm.”

The For Sex episode of Why Do We Dance?, the new Sky Arts five-part documentary series that Khan presents, includes what continuity announcers usually describe as “scenes of an adult nature”, and features works that you’re unlikely to see on Strictly any time soon, including some...

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