Rambert’s fearless dancers take centre stage performing Sharon Eyal’s fierce, pulsating choreography to an original soundtrack of driving techno from Ori Lichtik and GAIKA.
Director Kibwe Tavares brings this together with a vast film fantasy, thick with atmosphere. Sisters Aisha and Abhaya are seeking refuge from a violent homeland. We encounter them washed ashore in a strange land; a fireside ritual; Blade Runner-style cityscapes, and a huge augmented-reality Spirit.
A co-production between Rambert and The Royal Ballet, in association with BBC Films and Robin Saunders.
Royal and Derngate, Northampton
Tue 18 – Wed 19 January 2022
Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
Thu 10 – Sat 12 February 2022
Venue Cymru, Llandudno
Fri 18 – Sat 19 February 2022
Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, Barcelona
Fri 18 – Sun 20 March 2022
A coproduction between Rambert and The Royal Ballet, in association with BBC Films and Robin Saunders
Director: Kibwe Tavares
Choreography: Sharon Eyal
Choreography co-creator: Gai Behar
Soundtrack design and original music: Ori Lichtik
Additional original music: GAIKA
Costume Designer and Style Supervisor: Uldus Bakhtiozina
VFX / Projections produced by: Factory Fifteen
Animation Designer: Paul Nicholls
Projection Designer: Gillian Tan
Lighting Designer: Natasha Chivers
Film Producer: Fiona Lamptey
Films produced in association with Fruit Tree Media
Aisha and Abhaya is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation. This production was also made possible thanks to the support of the Rambert Commissioning Council.
Kibwe Tavares combines his training as an architect with his love of storytelling and animation to create futuristic 3D animated/live action films with social and political depth, creating incredibly detailed, vivid, and kinetic visual environments to entice audiences. Named by Fast company as one of the 100 most creative people in business, Kibwe’s short films have premiered at London Film Festival and Sundance, where in 2012 he won the Special Jury Award. Upcoming projects include a feature written by Daniel Kaluuya and an adaptation of THE TIME MACHINE for House Productions and Sky.
Sharon Eyal danced with the Batsheva Dance Company from 1990-2008 and was their House Choreographer from 2005-2012. In 2013 Eyal launched L-E-V with her long-time collaborator Gai Behar. Eyal has created works for dance companies around the world, including Nederlands Dance Theatre, Royal Swedish Ballet, Carte Blanche Dance in Norway, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Tanzcompagnie Oldenburg in Germany. She is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist.