Aisha and Abhaya

A powerful new dance work combining visually stunning film, animation and live performance.

Aisha and Abhaya are two sisters in a fantastical world, but one riven with familiar troubles and dangers. Seeking refuge from their violent homeland, they struggle to fight and survive in a new country, in this contemporary tale of hope, fearlessness and love.

A feast for the senses, this new creation by director Kibwe Tavares brings together visually stunning film, animation and live performance, with choreography by Sharon Eyal, music by Sharon’s regular collaborator Ori Lichtik and rising star GAIKA, and beautifully lavish costumes by Uldus Bakhtiozina.

A co-production between Rambert and The Royal Ballet, in association with BBC Films and Robin Saunders.

Kibwe Tavares
Sharon Eyal
Choreography co-creator:
Gai Behar
Soundtrack design and original music:
Ori Lichtik
Additional original music:
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


Kibwe Tavares

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. More

Sharon Eyal

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. More

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.

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