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Performance dates & times

Thursday 5 Mar
7:30 PM
Friday 6 Mar
7:30 PM
Saturday 7 Mar
2:00 PM, 7:30 PM

Running Time 60 minutes

Price range

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$35.00 - $54.00
$31.00 - $49.00

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The vast histories, philosophies and cultures of China and India meet in this breathtaking work of dance and storytelling.

Created and performed by international dance artists Aakash Odedra (UK/India) and Hu Shenyuan (China), Samsara merges mythological storytelling with personal experience.

Described by The Guardian as “a beautiful performer”, Odedra has attracted global attention for both his virtuoso Kathak performances and his contemporary choreography. One of the most outstanding dancers of his generation in China, Shenyuan was the standout performer in Yang Liping’s Under Siege (Melbourne Festival 2017).

Inspired by the historical events recounted in the 16th century Chinese classic Journey to the West, Samsara is an unprecedented expression of cultural exchange through the language of dance, drawing upon the diverse disciplines of ballet, contemporary dance, Chinese folk dance and the classical Indian dance form Kathak.

Featuring the live music of Nicki Wells, immerse yourself in the energy and skill of these two extraordinary soloists, in this epic world premiere.


Aakash Odedra and Hu Shenyuan
Lou Cope
Nicki Wells
Lighting Designer
Yaron Abulafia
Set Designer
Tina Tzoka
KH Lee
Samsara is co-produced/co-commissioned by Asia TOPA, Arts Centre Melbourne, Birmingham Hippodrome, Curve Leicester, Royal Ballet, Shanghai International Dance Centre and Theatre National de Chaillot and supported by Bunjil Place, Lucy Guerin Inc, British Council, Jacob’s Pillow, Peacock Contemporary Dance Company, Playking Foundation, Sidney Myer Fund and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

  • Asia TOPA
  • Aakash Odedra Company
  • Bagri Foundation
  • Sidney Myer Fund
  • Creative Victoria
  • Singapore Airlines
  • PlayKing Foundation

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