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.
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
Assistant directorAmy Baty
Additional writingAmy Baty
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.