Company production | 2019

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.


Aakash Odedra, Hu Shenyuan

Nicki Wells

K H Lee

Lou Cope

Lighting Designer
Yaron Abulafia

Set Designer
Tina Tzoka

Technical Director
Salvatore Scollo

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
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
Two dancers jump in the air throwing sand
One dancer standing on one leg
Two dancers standing on stage in hooded cloaks

11 Jun 2020 8pmBirmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham

A touching story of cultural exchange, drawing upon ballet, Chinese folk, kathak and contemporary dance.

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23 Jun 2020 20.00The Lowry, Salford

Experience a touching story of self-discovery and cultural exchange through this epic live performance of music and dance.

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20 Oct 2020 - 21 Oct 2020 7.30pmCurve, Leicester

The vast cultures of China and India meet in this breathtaking new dance work.

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