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Two performers in Mehek stand either side of a see through piece of glass.

Mehek

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Overview

 An Aakash Odedra Company and Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company Production 

 

Mehek is an enchanting exploration of the human heart, its desires, courage, and resilience, masterfully brought to life by the artistry of Aakash Odedra and Aditi Mangaldas, the great South Asian dancers of their respective generations. This captivating performance gives a voice to an unspoken and overlooked love story. Centred around a mature woman and a younger man, the dance delves deep into their intricate characters, challenging norms and redefining the very essence of love.

In this mesmerizing work, the stage transforms into a canvas where rhythmic tales of desire unfold, entwined with the elements of nature. The mirrors, akin to the calming waters of the sea, reflect the duality of their love story—the tranquil surface and the tumultuous waves beneath. Through these mirrors, the performance reveals that love is not only a personal journey within oneself but also a profound connection and exploration through the other.

Derived from the Hindi word for fragrance, the title alludes to the enduring power of memory and the essence of love itself. Aditi Mangaldas, dancing the first ever duet of her 50-year career, and Aakash Odedra weave a narrative that celebrates love in all its forms: raw, authentic, and infinitely resonant.

Co-presented with GemArts and Dance City

 

This performance will be followed by a post show discussion with the 2 performers, hosted by Anand Bhatt, Artistic Director of Dance City.

 

 

If a performance is sold out, email info@northernstage.co.uk or call 0191 230 5151 to be added to our waiting list.

Running time

70 mins

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Age Guidance

Most suitable for ages 12+ but all welcome
Contains strobe lighting, instances of loud music and mildly suggestive physical touch

Trailer (credit Subhash Viman Gorania)

Free sheet

You can download and read the free sheet here, or pick up a copy in the foyer.

Programmes will also be available to purchase Front of House for £3.

There are two entrances to the theatre, Kings Road Entrance (this is the taxi drop-off/collection point) and the Main Entrance.

Both level entrances have automated doors. These lead into the foyer area where you will find the Restaurant, Bar, Box Office and entrances to Stages 1, 2 and 3.

STEP FREE ACCESS

Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available

WHEELCHAIR SPACES

There are five wheelchair positions in Stage 1, two positions in Stage 2 and all seats are removeable in Stage 3.

TOILETS

We have a Changing Places toilet in the Stage 1 lobby and accessible toilets in Stage 3 and Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.  Gender neutral toilets are situated in the Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.

HEARING ENHANCEMENT

Induction loop system in all public spaces, and an infra-red system in all three stages. (In Stage 1 the induction loop is best covered in rows E – L).

ASSISTANCE

One free ticket for the assistant of a disabled person who is not able to attend unaccompanied.

BOOKING COMPANION SEATING

To book a free ticket for a wheelchair companion or an assistant, contact our Box Office on 0191 230 5151, via email at boxoffice@northernstage.co.uk or by visiting our Box Office in person.

GUIDE DOGS

Guide, hearing and all working dogs are welcome here.

SEAT ACCESSIBILITY

Stage 1: Seats are 43 cm wide, 41cm deep, with 46cm between arm rests. The aisleway is 51cm deep from the seat back. Arm rests cannot be removed.

Stage 2: Seats are 40cm wide, 41cm deep. The aisleway is 64cm deep from the seat back. There are no arm rests.

Our seats are rated to British Standards at installation and are guaranteed to hold up to 110kg.

More Information

To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.

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