Company production | 2020

For more information about booking the show contact Megan Maw

Samsara, inspired by the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, traces the steps we take, both forward and backward, in search of our higher selves. Drawing on thinking and imagery at the heart of Buddhist philosophy, it explores some of the 81 obstacles and 6 states of mind that can hold us back. Epic mythological storytelling merges with personal experience and anecdote from two globally opposite perspectives, in a highly visual landscape.


Choreographers / Performers
Aakash Odedra, Hu Shenyuan

Original Producer
Anand Bhatt

Composer / Singer
Nicki Wells

Beibei Wang & Michael Ormiston

Movement Director
Cheng-An Wu & Melissa Ugolini

Rehearsal Director (2022 REMOUNT)
Cheng-An Wu & Sadé Alleyne

Lou Cope

Creative Consultant
Theresa Beattie

Set Designer
Tina Tzoka

Lighting Designer
Yaron Abulafia

K H Lee

Production Manager
Salvatore Scollo

Lighting Technician
Michael Morgan

Stage Manager
Emanuele Salamanca

Sound Engineer
Camilo Tirado / Simon Ryder

Commissioned by Bagri Foundation

Co-producing/commissioning partners of Samsara: Asia TOPA; Arts Centre Melbourne; Birmingham Hippodrome; Curve Leicester; the Royal Ballet; Shanghai International Dance Centre, Chaillot – National theatre for dance, Paris.

Supporting partners of Samsara: British Council; Jacob’s Pillow; Peacock Contemporary Dance Company (Kunming, China); Playking Foundation; Sidney Myer Fund; Victoria Government.

Bagri Foundation

"Billed as a contemporary dance duet, Samsara is so much more than that. Although in this instance, that would be enough – so utterly compelling are the two men performing it – but the stage is also alive with music, an art installation and lighting design so beautiful, it is almost a show in itself" ★★★★★

“In this heady world of symbolism, under the weight of history and identity, Odedra and Hu are electric.” ★★★★

“A real and deep beauty permeates this new duet.” ★★★★

“It offered one gorgeous moment after another” ★★★★★

Two dancers jump in the air throwing sand
Two dancers stand back to back with fabric billowing around them
One dancer lays on stage wrapped in a piece of fabric
Two dancers holding sand above their heads
Two dancers performing on stage
One dancer standing on one leg
Two dancers standing on stage in hooded cloaks