UK premiere of Aakash Odedra’s SAMSARA announced for Edinburgh International Festival August 18-20

Aakash Odedra Company and Bagri Foundation present the UK premiere of an epic new dance work, Samsara Two extraordinary soloists meet in a mythical landscape at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh International Festivalfrom Thursday 18 to Saturday 20 August.

Samsara by Aakash Odedra Company is a collaboration between the extraordinary dancers, Aakash Odedra and Hu Shenyuan, two of the world’s finest dance exponents from their home countries of India and China.

Samsara had its world premiere in Melbourne in March 2020, just before the global lockdown. More than two years later, it has its UK premiere at the Lyceum Theater from August 18-20 as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, the company’s first performances at the Festival. One of the outstanding dancers of his generation in China, Hu Shenyuan was the standout performer in Yang Liping’s Under Siege at Sadler’s Wells in 2016. One of the four great classic novels of Chinese literature. It tells the story of the legendary pilgrimage to India undertaken by the monk Xuanzang returning to China with the central treatises of Buddhist philosophy. Many monks followed in Xuanzang’s footsteps and their journeys were both literal and metaphorical, physical and spiritual.Odedra and Shenyuan created Samsara with no common spoken language. Both choreographers and performers, they stage this story of cultural exchange and shared philosophy in a desert landscape populated by strange human statues, created by scenographer Tina Tzoka. Yaron Abulafia’s lighting evokes a mythical world in which the two dancers enter and explore. They eventually come together in a series of virtuoso duets with exquisite patterns of challenge, reflection and exchange. Mongolian throat singing and traditional Chinese percussion are part of the powerful score, specially commissioned from regular Odedra collaborator Nicki Wells. Samsara was made possible through the generous support of the Bagri Foundation, a family foundation dedicated to promoting Asian arts and culture. . Aiming to challenge, engage and inspire, it offers artists and experts from across Asia, or those inspired by the continent, wider visibility on the global stage and supports a diverse program of films, visual arts, music, dance, literature, courses and conferences. .Aakash Odedra Company makes its Edinburgh debut with Little Murmur, its collaboration with The Spark Arts for Children at Imaginate, Edinburgh’s International Children’s Festival, May 12-15. Little Murmur is an honest, funny and heartfelt journey into the trials and tribulations of living with dyslexia and seeing things differently, based on Aakash Odedra’s own experiences.A Samsara Fall 2022 tour will be announced in May.
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from Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 May
Imaginate, the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival
The Roxy Assembly
2 Roxburgh Place, Edinburgh EH8 9SU
Ticket office: 0131 623 3001 /
Tickets: £12
Age range: 7 to 14 years old


From Thursday August 18 to Saturday August 20
Edinburgh International Festival
The Royal High School Theater
Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AX
Ticket office and group reservations: / 0131 248 4848 / [email protected]
Tickets: £21 to £26, discounts available

Darcy J. Skinner