The Troth | “This story of love and sacrifice is timeless.” ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆
“Patel, a charismatic and elegant dancer with a beautiful upper body, expressive arms and fast-moving feet dominates every scene she is in. She and Gorania Singh are delightful as the shy young couple. He seems genuinely hurt when she reveals she is engaged. The other men, Daniel Hay-Gordon, Deepraj Singh, Dom Coffey and Songhay Toldon do sterling work as friends and army colleagues.”David Mead for SeeingDance
Read: Dance and archive film come together in a tale of the ultimate sacrifice: Akademi’s The Troth | ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ | by David Mead for SeeingDance.
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).
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.