A physical dance work, The Troth tells a story of love, loss and sacrifice against the backdrop of the horror and conflict of World War 1. Inspired by film noir and the era of black and white films, The Troth unfolds its poignant narrative through powerful interplay between dance, music and film. 

Supported by the British Council’s Reimagine India cultural exchange programme, Akademi will create and tour  The Troth (based on Usne Kaha Tha – the first Hindi short story written in 1915 by Chandradhar Sharma Guleri). This international project is a collaboration between creatives from the UK and India, touring both countries during January to March 2018 as part of the UK-India Year of Culture

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Creative team

Led by Gary Clarke (winner of a UK Theatre Award 2016 for Achievement in Dance for his piece COAL), The Troth has an international creative team, including collaborators from both the UK and India.

Director/Choreographer: Gary Clarke
Dramaturg: Lou Cope
Composer: Shri Sriram
Film: Josh Hawkins
Creative Consultants: Prof. Tripurari Sharma, Prof. Ashok Bhagat, Amarjit Chandan, Dr Santanu Das



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Image credit: Simon Richardson
Video credit: Josh Hawkins
Location courtesy: Tara Arts