Choreographer Akram Khan disappointed over NBC Olympic ceremony snub
July 30 , 2012
Choreographer Akram Khan has expressed his disappointment over his Olympic opening ceremony tribute to victims of the July 7 London bombings not being aired in the U.S.
Khan said he felt "disheartened" that NBC cut the segment featuring him and 50 dancers perform to Abide With Me, sung by Scottish songstress Emeli Sande.
Instead, NBC aired an interview with American Idol host Ryan Seacrest and U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps.
NBC said it had not been aware the segment was an homage to the attacks.
The ceremony's program described the performance as dramatizing "the struggle between life and death using such powerful images of mortality as dust and the setting sun".
Khan created the piece after he was asked by artistic director Danny Boyle to design a section of the opening ceremony around the theme of mortality.
Along with images of family and friends lost by those in the stadium, the segment was interpreted as a tribute to the 52 victims of the 2005 bombings.