Aakash Odedra Company, Arts Centre Melbourne and Bagri Foundation presented

Aakash Odedra and Hu Shenyuan
World Premiere
Co-Commissioned/Co-Produced by Asia TOPA, Arts Centre Melbourne, Birmingham Hippodrome, Curve Leicester, Royal Ballet, Shanghai International Dance Centre and Theatre National de Chaillot

China / UK / India


Samsara, a duet between international dance artists Aakash Odedra (UK/India) and Hu Shenyuan (China) was premiered at Asia TOPA in March 2020. This beautifully filmed documentary invites us into a collaborative creative process which took 3 years as the artists came together in studios across the UK, China & Australia.

Through the voices of the choreographers/performers and producer, the creative and spiritual journey of these extraordinary artists forms the backdrop to a story of extraordinary trust and imagination despite language barriers and a global pandemic.

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.

Presenting partner
  •  singapore=
Supporting partners
  • MLC Life Insurance
  • University of Melbourne
Supported By
  • Aakash Odedra Company
  • Bagri Foundation
  • Playking Foundation