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The Troth - Usne Kaha Tha
A story of love, loss and sacrifice in World War I.
26 Jan – 14 Feb 2018
“An act of remembrance, an emotionally charged piece of movement…it unfolds with poignant clarity”Fergus Morgan
“A path-breaking vision of an Indian reality interpreted in contemporary choreography”Sharon Lowen
Inspired by the classic Hindi short story Usne Kaha Tha (written in 1915 by Chandradhar Sharma Guleri), the action moves from the intense life and colour of rural India to the horrific darkness of the trenches in Belgium where young Indian men have been brought to fight for the Allied Forces. As the drama unfolds, we learn about the secret promise made by one soldier, Lehna Singh, as he makes the ultimate sacrifice to save another.
Marking the centenary of World War I, award-winning choreographer Gary Clarke unfolds the poignant narrative through contemporary dance, music and film. The show features a specially-commissioned music score by Shri Sriram and a cast including Vidya Patel (BBC Young Dancer 2015 finalist).
Supported by Arts Council England and British Council’s Reimagine India cultural exchange programme, 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.
Direction and Choreography: Gary Clarke
Assistant Director: Daniel Hay-Gordon
Dramaturg: Lou Cope
Composer: Shri Sriram
Film: Josh Hawkins
Lighting: Charles Webber
Producer: Penny Andrews
Creative Consultants: Prof. Ashok Sagar Bhagat, Amarjit Chandan, Dr Santanu Das, Prof. Tripurari Sharma, Jasdeep Singh
Subhash Viman Gorania
Images: Simon Richardson
Trailer: Josh Hawkins
Location courtesy: Tara Arts