Akram Khan Company will team up with Theatre and Dance NI and The MAC, Belfast to host the 3rd edition of AKC Summer Intensive between 15th and 20th August 2022.

AKC Summer Intensive is a 6-day immersive training programme expanding, for this year’s edition, into a choreographic lab welcoming three choreographers to R&D ideas and processes with participants in the studio as part of their artistic journey. Under the direction and mentorship of Akram Khan and Mavin Khoo, and our associate artist, Joy Alpuerto Ritter, participants will have a unique opportunity to challenge their own practice, immerse themselves in a creative process, broaden their artistic horizons and further their training and experience of R&D with Akram and invited choreographers.

AKC has invited on board AKC artistic collaborators Joy Alpuerto Ritter and Hannes Langolf to curate the cohort of choreographers. Please note that there is no application process for choreographers. The names of the choreographers will be communicated later in the process.

AKC Legacy is dedicated to supporting dance artists and providing them with the time and resources to practice, think, research, reflect and critically engage with their art. In light of the past few years, AKC Legacy reaffirms its commitment to developing projects and facilitating opportunities to allow generations of dancers and choreographers to encounter each other and experiment in the studio. Reflecting the Company’s values of courage, curiosity, caring, collaboration and connection, we are working with The MAC, Belfast and Theatre and Dance NI to support growing talent in the international dance ecosystem and therefore we have decided to cover the tuition costs of this year’s Summer Intensive programme and provide subsistence for the intensive week. 


AKC is committed to offering dancers the conditions to further, deepen and enrich their practice. AKC artistic team will select 30 national and international dancers  through an online application process.

Dancers must have at least 3 years of full-time training, a strong classical base as well as contemporary dance and improvisational techniques. We are looking for dancers with an open and curious mindset and a desire to fully immerse and serve a creative process.

The dancers will be selected by AKC artistic team. Applicants will receive notification of the results by email on Friday 25 March 2022.

Application Procedure

Fill in the Google Form HERE. The deadline for application is Monday 14 March 2022. Applications must be submitted in English. Read our Terms and Conditions HERE.

Eligibility Criteria

-Applicant must be above the age of 18 when applying to AKC Summer Intensive 2022

-Applicant must read and agree with the Terms and Conditions of the AKC Summer Intensive 2022

-Applicant must fill in the application form and provide the Company with all the required documents: Cover letter (max. 500 words, English only), CV in tabular form, COVID-19 vaccination certificate

-Applicant must provide the link to a video (max. 5min). Please note that the video material must be made available online and NOT password protected. You can provide links in the application form. For technical reasons, please do not submit videos via WeTransfer or Dailymotion. Videos whose links do not work cannot be considered.


The exact programme will be developed with the invited choreographers and the selected dancers after the selection has been announced. More information will be shared with the selected cohort of 30 dancers.

See below a tentative schedule for each day:

1000 – 1130    |          AKC Class

1145 – 1330    |          AKC Repertoire

1330 – 1430    |          Lunch

1430 – 1800    |          Work w/ choreographers

1900 – 2000    |          Dinner

2000 – 2100    |          Dialogue Session

Key dates

11 February 2022  – Start online application

14 March 2022 – Deadline to send in applications

25 March 2022 – Notification by email of applications’ results

11 April 2022 – Confirmation of participation

AKC Summer Intensive

Sunday 14 August – Arrival of participants in Belfast, UK

Monday 15 to Saturday 20 August – Summer Intensive Programme

Sunday 21 August – Departure of participants from Belfast, UK

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