The Troth | ‘Groundbreaking project’ features in Asian Culture Vulture

Jan 26, 2018

Akademi’s artistic director, Mira Kaushik, and Gary Clarke, director and choreographer of The Troth – Usne Kaha Tha speak to Asian Culture Vulture ahead of the world premiere at Jaipur Literature Festival.

“After I saw ‘Coal’ I knew this is the choreographer I wanted to work with. Gary Clarke will make it happen … He has got the ability to translate a story board into movement.” Mira Kaushik

“I want to tell things from the heart and stories with feelings and emotions and this story is emotionally fuelled. I think Mira saw that in ‘Coal’ and believed I could breathe life into ‘The Troth’.” Gary Clarke

Read: ‘The Troth’ – Indian First World War story turned into dance and imagined as silent film… in Asian Culture Vulture

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