Samsara

Company production | 2020

For more information about booking the show contact Ali Robertson, Senior Producer ali@aakashodedra.com

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.

Credits

Choreographers/Performers
Aakash Odedra, Hu Shenyuan

Producer
Anand Bhatt

Composer
Nicki Wells

Costume
K H Lee

Dramaturg
Lou Cope

Lighting Designer
Yaron Abulafia

Set Designer
Tina Tzoka

Rehearsal Director
Sadé Alleyne

Movement Director
Cheng-An Wu & Melissa Ugolini

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

"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