The Troth | “This story of love and sacrifice is timeless.” ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆

Aug 17, 2018

David Mead for SeeingDance,​ reviews The Troth at Army @ The Fringe at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

“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.”

Read: Dance and archive film come together in a tale of the ultimate sacrifice: Akademi’s The Troth | ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ | by David Mead for SeeingDance.

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).