The Troth | Arrival in India

The Troth cast at Heathrow airport
The Troth cast and crew embarking at London Heathrow airport

Akademi’s new production The Troth has arrived in India at the start of a four-week tour. The show, directed and choreographed by Gary Clarke, is a re-telling of Chandradhar Sharma Guleri’s classic Hindi short story Usne Kaha Tha.

The highly-anticipated contemporary dance adaptation will receive its world premiere at Jaipur’s Hawa Mahal palace on 26 January as part of the Jaipur Literature Festival, followed by dates in Delhi, Bhopal, Jabalpur and Kurukshetra.

The tour of India has been supported by Arts Council England and the British Council through Reimagine India (as part of the UK-India Year of Culture), the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Air India.

UK audiences will have the opportunity to see The Troth during February and March, when the show opens at Curve Leicester, followed by a short tour.

The Troth – Usne Kaha Tha

Akademi’s The Troth – Usne Kaha Tha is a gripping wartime story of love and loss, told through powerful dance theatre. Inspired by a 1915 short story Usne Kaha Tha by Chandradhar Sharma Guleri, it tells the story of Sardar Lehna Singh’s sacrifice of keeping his secret promise to an unrequited love while mid-conflict in the horror of the trenches of Belgium. Directed by Gary Clarke, the show features a specially-commissioned music score by Shri Sriram, and a cast including Vidya Patel (BBC Young Dancer 2015 finalist).

2018 UK and International tour dates

6 JanJaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur
29 JanKamani Auditorium, New Delhi
2 FebBharat Bhavan, Bhopal
4 FebTarang Auditorium, Jabalpur
8 FebHaryana Kala Parishad Multi Art Cultural Centre
20 & 21 FebCurve Theatre, Leicester
5 Mar ArtsEkta, Belfast
10 Mar Tacchi Morris Theatre, Taunton
13 Mar Edge Hill Arts Centre, Ormskirk
16 MarDuke’s Theatre, Lancaster
5 MaySouthbank Centre, London

The Troth is funded by Arts Council England; Ministry of Culture, Government of India; Armed Forces Covenant Fund; Cockayne Grants for the Arts through the London Community Foundation; PRS for Music Foundation; ICCR; and Air India. Partners include UK-India Year of Culture; British Council; The Space; Imperial War Museum; National Army Museum; The Nehru Centre, London; Watermans Arts Centre; and Teamwork Arts.

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