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, Theatre National de Chaillot.

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

5 Mar 2020 - 7 Mar 2020 7.30pm, 2.30pm (7 March only)Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

The vast histories, philosophies and cultures of China and India meet in this breathtaking new work of dance and storytelling.

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