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Friday 5 March celebrates one year since we premiered Aakash’s most recent work, Samsara, at Asia TOPA festival in Melbourne. Presented by Aakash Odedra Company and the Bagri Foundation, Samsara is a duet dance performance create and performed by Aakash Odedra and Hu Shenyuan.
To mark the anniversary, Aakash has invited the musicians of Samsara: celebrated composer, vocalist and musician, Nicki Wells; Mongolian Khöömii (Overtone) singer and musician, Michael Ormiston; and virtuoso percussionist, Beibei Wang, to host an evening of celebrations, live on Facebook. The artists will discuss the creation of the work, the rehearsal periods and the premiere performance, plus what the future holds for Samsara. Aakash will lead the evening’s events, including an exclusive performance from each musician, and a Q&A with the musical collaborators.
Inspired by the many monks believed to have attempted the long pilgrimage that eventually led to the classic 16th Century Chinese story Journey to The West. Their journey was both literal and metaphorical, physical and spiritual. With universal themes of self development, strength, fear and love, Samsara explores the journey individuals take to become themselves. With obstacles to overcome and demons to face, we leave behind many versions of ourselves and learn to love these versions while finding love for others.
Drawing on contemporary dance, Chinese folk dance and the classical Indian dance form Kathak, Samsara is an expression of cultural exchange where epic, mythological storytelling merges with personal experience from two globally opposite perspectives. Samsara traces a path across lands and through time, and explores the idea that if we let attachments go, and allow love or light in, we may find a place of truth and peace.