Akademi’s new physical dance work tells a gripping wartime story of love and loss.
The Troth is a live theatre production inspired by a classic 100-year old Hindi short story, Usne Kaha Tha. As the action moves from rural India to the trenches of Belgium, 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, choreographer Gary Clarke unfolds the poignant narrative through powerful contemporary dance, evocative music and archive film. Through this live silent film experience, the audience will be transported to a peaceful rural Punjab in late 1800s before finding themselves mid-conflict in the Belgian trenches.
Created as part of UK/ India Year of Culture 2017, The Troth features some of the UK’s most exciting and versatile young dancers and is directed by a leading, award-winning choreographer.
Produced by Akademi
Choreography and Direction – Gary Clarke
Dramaturg – Lou Cope
Music – Shrikanth Sriram
Film – Josh Hawkins
Lighting – Charles Webber
Photo credit – Simon Richardson, Location courtesy – Tara Arts
Trailer credit – Josh Hawkins
Creative consultants – Tripurari Sharma (National School fo Drama); Ashok Sagar Bhagat (National School of Drama); Dr. Santanu Das, Amarjit Chandan, Jasdeep Singh
The Troth will tour India between January 2018 and February 2018 and the UK between February & March 2018.
16 January | Jaipur Literature Festival
20 Feb – 16 Mar 2018
20 & 21 Feb | Curve Theatre, Leicester
5 Mar | ArtsEkta, Belfast
10 Mar | Tacchi Morris Theatre, Taunton
13 Mar | Edge Hill Arts Centre, Ormskirk
16 Mar | Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster