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The Troth - Usne Kha Tha

A gripping wartime story of love and loss, told through powerful dance theatre.

Production Team

Executive Producer: Mira Kaushik OBE
Original Producer: Penny Andrews
Original Assistant Director: Daniel Hay-Gordon
Rehearsal Director: Alistair Goldsmith
Technical Manager: Alex Hopkins
Costume: Abha Desai
Prop Sourcing: Holly Morris

Interim Administrative Director: Helen Jeffreys
Production Administration: Hannah Titterton
Communications & Marketing:
Antareepa Thakur
Marketing and Design: Rohanne Udall
Education Consultant: Christina Christou
Finance: Catherine Ibbotson and Syd Rae
PR: Martha Oakes PR

Creative Team

Direction and Choreography: Gary Clarke

Winner of a UK Theatre Award, a Critics Circle National Dance Award and The Brian Glover Memorial Award, Gary Clarke is currently regarded as one of the UK’s leading independent dance makers. His work to date has toured extensively both nationally and internationally to critical and audience acclaim. Hailed as ‘Outstanding’ by The Times, Clarke’s choreography is thought provoking, visually striking and instantly recognisable. He has created an impressive body of work of various sizes and scales for stage and site specific locations. Other work includes commissions for Opera North, The Cultural Olympiad, Hull City of Culture and Big Dance.

Dramaturg: Lou Cope

Lou Cope is an Olivier award-winning performance dramaturg, teacher and writer. She currently works with performance makers in the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Greece, Sweden, Austria, Scotland and England. Past work includes working as dramaturg to: Jose Agudo for ACE and Phoenix Dance Theatre; Koen Augustijnen & les ballets c de la b; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet on ‘Babel (words)’ designed by Antony Gormley (double Olivier Award and Benois Prize for Dance), and dramaturgical consultant on Cherkaoui and Gormley’s ‘Sutra’. Lou teaches dramaturgy and process in a number of HE institutions and has written a number of articles and chapters for books, including a chapter in ‘New Dramaturgy: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice’ published by Bloomsbury in 2014.

Composer: Shri Sriram

Shri is a composer, musician and producer, who trained on Tabla before developing a unique style of playing his self-made fretless bass. He was a key member of the Asian Underground scene developing his groundbreaking electro-acoustic sound with Badmarsh&Shri. Shri’s music has been placed on adverts like British Petroleum & Pantene Pro-V, TV shows like CSI & Top Gear amongst many others. He has performed at Glastonbury Festival, Jools Holland, Montreux & London Jazz Festivals and has remixed tracks for Dela Soul, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Kronos Quartet & Asha Bhosle. Recently, he has written the promo tune for Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’and a new Brass band project, ‘Just A Vibration’, which won a BASCA British Composer Award 2016.

Film: Josh Hawkins

Josh Hawkins is an artist currently based in the North West of England with specific interests in dance photography. Graduating from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance with a First Class Honours in Contemporary Dance and went on to tour internationally with Verve Dance Company. Josh joined Smallpetitklein Dance Company in 2014 as Company Dancer and Creative Learning Dance Artist. Josh creates his own work as a photographer, filmmaker and also choreographer. Josh has recently founded and created Hawk Dance Theatre – a contemporary dance company based in The Lake District.

Lighting: Charles Webber

Charles Webber is an electronic artist working across the disciplines of electro-acoustic music, moving image and lighting design. He has worked extensively both nationally and internationally alongside artists such as Faulty Optic, Fevered Sleep and Wendy Houstoun. In 2016 he was nominated for the Knight of Illumination Award for his work on Gary Clarke’s COAL. As artistic director of operaNCV he creates works incorporating electronics, video and voice and has written 3 operas to date; Four White Walls (Opera North), The Glass Hotel (with Loré Lixenberg, BAC) and Room of Worlds (with Eve Libertine, CRASS).

Project Manager: Lise Smith

Lise is an independent producer with over 10 years experience of producing touring theatre and participatory projects for artists and companies including Joon Dance, Fly No Filter, Scarabeus Aerial Theatre and Kamala Devam Company. Trained at Laban, Lise also makes performance work with her company Bricolage Dance (of which she is co-director alongside Anna Buonomo and Irene Wernli), and she can very occasionally be spotted performing herself. Lise joined Akademi this summer as Project Manager on The Troth, overseeing a two-week run in Edinburgh and this autumn’s UK tour.

Creative Consultants

Prof. Tripurari Sharma – Prof. Tripurari Sharma is Professor of Acting at the National School of Drama, Delhi. A playwright of repute, her plays include Bahu and Kath ki Gaadi. She has translated Indian and Western plays like Andha Yug and Othello. Her plays have been translated into several languages. Prof. Sharma received the Sanskriti Puraskar in 1986; was honoured by the Delhi Natya Sangh in 1990; received the Safdar Hashmi Award from U.P. Sangeet Natak Akademi; and was among the 99 women from India nominated for the ‘Thousand Women for Nobel Peace Prize’ by an international initiative.

Prof. Ashok Bhagat –  Prof. Ashok Sagar Bhagat is Professor of Theatre Architecture at the National School of Drama, Delhi. An acclaimed lighting and set designer and a Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee (2002), he has been involved in the renovation and of theatre buildings with modern ideas and technology. He gave India its frst echo-shell auditorium, the Chinmaya Auditorium, in Delhi. The Bhaji Gursharan Auditorium, Banur, is another of his landmarks, with a 90ft diameter semicircular Braille curtain. Prof. Bhagat was the technical director to ‘Festivals of India’ held in Japan, Germany, China, Thailand, Russia, Kyrgystan, Kazakhstan, Korea and Brazil. He has also worked as an art director for flms like Bandit Queen and Hazaron Khwahishen Aisi.

Amarjit Chandan – Amarjit Chandan was born in Kenya and lives in London. He has published seven collections of poetry and four books of essays in Punjabi and his poems have appeared in anthologies and magazines world-wide. He has edited and translated into Punjabi about thirty anthologies of Indian and world poetry and fiction by, among others, Brecht, Neruda, Ritsos, Hikmet, Cardenal, Martin Carter and John Berger.

Dr Santanu Das – Santanu Das read English at Presidency College Kolkata and St. John’s College, Cambridge. Now a Reader in English Literature at Kings College London, he is completing a book provisionally titled India, Empire and the First World War: Words, Objects, Images, and Songs (Cambridge University Press).

Jasdeep Singh  –  Jasdeep Singh is a curator in the Research and Academic Access department at the National Army Museum in London. He has worked extensively with the Museum’s Indian Army collection and has catalogued, digitised and disseminated the collection to authors, projects and exhibitions across the world. He has lectured widely on the British Indian Army and led many projects at the Museum covering topics including the Indian Mutiny, both world wars and the Partition of India. Prior to working at the National Army Museum, Jasdeep was a lecturer in Indian music with the University of West London.


Dom Coffey

Dominic is a freelance dance artist from Manchester and completed his degree at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. After gaining a place on the Jasmin Vardimon Professional Development Course he toured as a company called JV2. Dominic has worked professionally with companies such as Gary Clarke and Hawk Dance Theatre. Dominic is also an Educational Facilitator for Jasmin Vardimon.

Mithun Gill

Mithun Gill is a British born Kathak dancer who learns under the guidance of Sujata Banerjee based in London.
Graduating with a BA Hons Dance degree from Middlesex University allowed him to explore other dance territories including Graham, Humphrey, Cunningham and Release techniques. Kathak has installed a strong sense of rhythm and musicality in Mithun’s dance style whilst his contemporary training has brought a huge range of movement dynamics.

Alistair Goldsmith

Alistair is a London based dance artist having trained at London Contemporary Dance School. During his training he took part in an exchange at State University of New York: Purchase College and once graduated Alistair went on to become an apprentice dancer with National Dance Company Of Wales. He first worked with Gary Clarke in 2015 as an original cast member of his two-time award winning production of ‘COAL’ and continues to work with him closely.

Subhash Viman Gorania

Subhash, artistic director of Morph Dance Company, is a British Asian choreographer and dancer. Having trained in Contemporary, urban, Bharatanatyam and Kathak, his distinct style gives him the ability to move in a smooth and liquid way, giving his performance and choreography an unorthodox and quirky edge. There is variety and unpredictability in all the works but Subhash’s performance presence commands attention with a style that is hip, chic and quirky.

Vidya Patel

Vidya Patel is a Kathak Dancer from Birmingham, under the tutelage of Sujata Banerjee. After graduating from the Centre of Advanced Training in Kathak, at Birmingham DanceXchange, Vidya performed in the Grand Finals of BBC Young Dancer 2015. In 2016 she was invited to join Richard Alston Dance Company’s new creation ‘An Italian in Madrid’, which premiered at Sadler’s Wells.

Deepraj Singh

Deepraj is an explorative urban improviser with a keen sense of rhythm and beatboxing/vocal percussion skills. His achievements include performing at Buckingham Palace and Sadler’s Wells. In 2013 Deepraj Singh became the first Duke of York Scholar at London Contemporary Dance School, he graduated in 2015.

Previous Cast Members

Daniel Hay-Gordon

Daniel studied at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance graduating in 2009. He has performed throughout the UK, Europe and the USA to critical acclaim as a dancer, performer and choreographer with some of the leading companies and directors in the sector.

Songhay Toldon

In 2016 Songhay graduated from the Graduate Diploma in Dance Studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. His dance skills include contemporary, hip-hop, street and salsa. He’s worked with choreographers such as Saju Hari, Danny Lucien Reid, Nadia Iftkhar and Hakan Redep. Songhay features as a backing dancer in the Pussycat Dolls’ “Jai Ho” music video.