How Rianto took on the mantle of Khan

Rianto in his solo work Medium, which will be performed at the 2018 da:ns festival.
Rianto in his solo work Medium, which will be performed at the 2018 da:ns festival.PHOTO: ESPLANADE - THEATRES ON THE BAY
Rianto (left) and Joy Alpuerto Ritter in Until The Lions by British choreographer Akram Khan.
Rianto (left) and Joy Alpuerto Ritter in Until The Lions by British choreographer Akram Khan.PHOTO: JEAN LOUIS FERNANDEZ
Rianto (left) and Chien Ching-Ying in Until The Lions by British choreographer Akram Khan.
Rianto (left) and Chien Ching-Ying in Until The Lions by British choreographer Akram Khan.PHOTO: JEAN LOUIS FERNANDEZ

When dancer Rianto was picked to succeed award-winning British dancer-choreographer Akram Khan in his work Until The Lions, nobody was more surprised than the Indonesian himself.

Rianto, who goes by one name, had just left the Esplanade Theatre in awe after seeing Khan's work, Torobaka, at the 2015 da:ns festival, when Khan's producer Farooq Chaudhry called him to break the news.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 25, 2018, with the headline 'How Rianto took on the mantle of Khan'. Print Edition | Subscribe