Two dancers lying in the snow ©Uldus Bakhtiozina

Aisha and Abhaya

21 January9 February 2020
The performance lasts about 1 hour and 25 minutes; there is no interval.
Linbury Theatre
Ballet and dance
Opera and music

Aisha and Abhaya is a modern fairytale that combines visually stunning film with striking choreography, performed by Rambert, Britain’s foremost contemporary dance company. A feast for the senses with beautifully lavish costumes, this new creation by director Kibwe Tavares brings together the work of choreographer Sharon Eyal and music by rising star GAIKA.

In this heartbreaking story, two sisters – Aisha and Abhaya – are refugees who have fled their homes and find themselves in a new world. The ballet explores their struggle to survive having been separated from their family. 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+

Generous philanthropic support from

The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.

Thanks to:

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 with:

The Royal Ballet and Rambert.

In association with

BBC Films and Robin Saunders.



Company The Royal Ballet and Rambert

DirectorKibwe Tavares

ChoreographySharon Eyal and Gai Behar

MusicOri Lichtik and GAIKA

Costume designerUldus Bakhtiozina

Style supervisorUldus Bakhtiozina

Projection designerGillian Tan

Lighting designerNatasha Chivers

Visual effects and projectionsFactory Fifteen

Animation DesignerPaul Nicholls


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