Two dancers lying in the snow ©Uldus Bakhtiozina

Aisha and Abhaya

21 January9 February 2020
The performance lasts about 1 hour; there is no interval.
Linbury Theatre
Ballet and dance
Opera and music

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 is performed by Rambert, Britain’s foremost contemporary dance company. Aisha and Abhaya 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. This world premiere is a co-production between The Royal Ballet and Rambert, in association with BBC Films and Robin Saunders.

Suitable for ages 11+. Contains scenes of violence, depictions of war and loud music.
Approximate running times
Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes

Generous philanthropic support from

The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.

The Schools Matinee performance on Wednesday 22 January is generously supported by

the Kan Family.

Welcome performances are generously supported by


with special thanks to Gregory and Regina Annenberg Weingarten.

A co-production between

The Royal Ballet and Rambert.

In association with

BBC Films and Robin Saunders.



CompanyThe Royal Ballet and Rambert

DirectorKibwe Tavares

Assistant directorAmy Baty

Additional writingAmy Baty

ChoreographySharon Eyal and Gai Behar

MusicOri Lichtik and GAIKA

Costume designerUldus Bakhtiozina

Style supervisorUldus Bakhtiozina

Projection designerGillian Tan

Lighting designerNatasha Chivers

Associate lighting designerPeter Harrison

Visual effects and projectionsFactory Fifteen

Animation DesignerPaul Nicholls

Film ProducerFiona Lamptey


There is lift access from the main foyer to the Linbury Theatre Foyer. The entrances to the Linbury Theatre are from the Upper Circle level, and customers must descend to their seating area via stairs or a lift. Lift access to seating in the Linbury Theatre is from auditorium right only (right-hand entrance and on your right-hand side as you face the stage). We recommend seating on the right-hand side of the auditorium for those who require level access or minimal stairs. The left-hand side of the auditorium can involve many stairs. There are six wheelchair spaces in the Linbury Theatre. Find out more about accessing the Linbury Theatre.

Relaxed performance: The matinee performance on Thursday 6 February will be modified to be more accessible for audience members with neurodiverse needs - including autism spectrum conditions or learning disabilities.

Visual Story: Download our Visual Story guide to Aisha and Abhaya below.