The Troth | Saluting India’s wartime sacrifice through dance

Feb 15, 2018

Fergus Morgan from The Stage,​ who accompanied the cast and crew of The Troth – Usne Kaha Tha​ for the first part of the India tour, reflects on the process behind the performance at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival​. Featuring an interview with Alan Gemmell​ Director British Council India​.

“It’s a remarkable work that’s already been on a remarkable journey … The Troth is a striking work: a vibrant blend of contemporary movement and traditional South Asian dance … The Troth is an exercise in soft diplomacy, but it’s also an act of remembrance, an emotionally charged piece of movement, and, as it unfolds with poignant clarity under darkening Rajasthani skies, so much more”

Read: How Akademi’s touring show The Troth is saluting India’s wartime sacrifice through dance by Fergus Morgan in The Stage

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.

The Troth is directed by Gary Clarke and features a specially-commissioned music score by Shri Sriram. The cast includes Vidya Patel (BBC Young Dancer 2015 finalist).

Autumn Tour 2018

9 Nov | Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff
11 Nov | Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth
13 Nov | The Place, London
16 Nov | The Bramall, Birmingham
19 Nov | Blackburn Cathedral, Blackburn
23 Nov | Watermans, Hounslow