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Samsara - Edinburgh International Festival

SAMSARA

By Aakash Odedra Company

Inspired by the classic Chinese novel Journey to the WestSamsara 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, Samsara’s mythological storytelling merges with personal experience from two globally opposite perspectives, in a seductive, astonishing journey of twin movement.

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Samsara is an Aakash Odedra Company production.

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Cast and Credits

CAST
in alphabetical order

Performer Aakash Odedra
Performer Hu Shenyuan

CREATIVE TEAM
Choreographers Aakash Odedra and Hu Shenyuan
Composer Nicki Wells
Costume Designer K H Lee
Dramaturg Lou Cope
Lighting Designer Yaron Abulafia
Set Designer Tina Tzoka
Musicians Nicki Wells, Beibei Wang and Michael Ormison

Dates, Times & Prices

18 - 20 August 2022

EVENINGS, 5pm / 8pm
Thursday - Saturday
£21 - £26

Running time: 1hr

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Press Coverage

★★★★★
'It offered one gorgeous moment after another.'
Sydney Morning Herald