Company production | 2020

Samsara returns to the stage in 2022, for more information about booking the show contact Ali Robertson, Senior Producer

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

"Strangers discover perfect, wordless harmony in exquisite dance" ★★★★★

“Their duet created something mystical – sustaining a level of energy, intensity and tenderness over a time period that was almost superhuman”

“The opening is more than arresting, it’s mesmerising.”

“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