Samsara
  • Edinburgh International Festival

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

Inspired by the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, Samsara is a spellbinding piece for two dancers that traces the steps we take, both forward and backward, in search of our higher selves.

UK/Indian dancer Aakash Odedra and Chinese dancer Hu Shenyuan draw on the dance traditions of their respective countries to explore the notion of samsara: the wheel of life, of birth, existence and re-birth.

Drawing on thinking and imagery at the heart of Buddhist philosophy, Samsaras mythological storytelling merges with personal experience from two globally opposite perspectives, in a seductive, astonishing journey of twin movement.

Aakash Odedra Company

Aakash Odedra, Hu Shenyuan Choreographers & Performers

Nicki Wells Composer

K H Lee Costume Designer

Lou Cope Dramaturg

Yaron Abulafia Lighting Designer

Tina Tzoka Set Designer

Nicki Wells, Beibei Wang, Michael Ormison Musicians

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