Samsara

Company production | 2020

Samsara returns to the stage in 2022, 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

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

18 Aug 2022 - 20 Aug 2022 Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Mythological storytelling brings East and West together in this moving contemporary dance duet.

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1 Oct 2022 7:30pmCurve, Leicester

Aakash Odedra Company and Bagri Foundation invite you to enter the world of Samsara at Curve Theatre, Leicester.

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9 Oct 2022 8:00pmThe Lowry, Salford, Manchester

Aakash Odedra Company and Bagri Foundation invite you to enter the world of Samsara at The Lowry in Manchester.

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14 Oct 2022 7:00pmNorthern Stage, Newcastle upon tyne

Aakash Odedra Company and Bagri Foundation invite you to enter the world of Samsara at Northern Stage. Booking opens 6 June.

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17 Oct 2022 - 18 Oct 2022 7:30pmSadler's Wells, London

Aakash Odedra Company and Bagri Foundation invite you to enter the world of Samsara at Sadler's Wells.

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23 Oct 2022 8:00pmBirmingham Hippodrome

Aakash Odedra Company and Bagri Foundation invite you to enter the world of Samsara at Birmingham Hippodrome.

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