Mehek

Company production | 2024

For more information about booking the show contact Megan Maw megan@aakashodedra.com

Mehek is an enchanting exploration of the human heart, its desires, courage, and resilience, masterfully brought to life by the artistry of Aakash Odedra and Aditi Mangaldas, the great South Asian dancers of their respective generations. This captivating performance gives a voice to an unspoken and overlooked love story. Centred around a mature woman and a younger man, the dance delves deep into their intricate characters, challenging norms and redefining the very essence of love. 

Credits

Choreography & Performance
Aakash Odedra & Aditi Mangaldas

Dramaturg
Karthika Naïr

Lighting Designer
Fabiana Piccioli

Original Music Score and Sound Design
Nicki Wells

Set Designer
Tina Tzoka

Additional Music Composition
Ashish Gangani, Faraz Ahmed & Hiren Chate

Musicians
Ashish Gangani, Faraz Ahmed, Hiren Chate & Nicki Wells

Rehearsal Director
Gaurav Bhatti

Production Manager
Salvatore Scollo

Stage Manager and Set Development
Emanuele Salamanca

Production Sound Engineer
Sheriton Swan

Photography credit (below imagery)
Angela Grabowska

Videography credit (trailer)
Janhavi Sharma

Costume for Aakash Odedra:
Digvijay Singh

Costume for Aditi Mangaldas:
Aditi Mangaldas (inspired by older costumes by Sandhya Raman, Raw Mango and Aakash Odedra)

Mehek is created by Aakash Odedra Company and Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company – The Drishtikon Dance Foundation. It is co-produced by The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi and co-commissioned by: Sadler’s Wells; The Lowry, Salford; Birmingham Hippodrome and the Bagri Foundation.

 

“...handsomely staged, powerfully danced.” - 4 stars

"Watching excellence at work is always a pleasure and it is something Odedra and Mangaldas offer with peerless virtuosity and imagination." - 5 stars

"Artfully bold and sensitive" - 4 stars

"... all elements – performance, set design, lighting, sound score, staging – come together so perfectly... a work of intense beauty" - 5 stars