Enter the name for this tabbed section: Same Same…But Different
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About the project
Playful, colourful dance theatre for families. Three dancers take you on a funny, delightful and heart warming journey, exploring our curiosities and fears, the times we feel different, and when we belong.

Inspired by the well-known Anglo-Asian phrase ‘same, same…but different’, meaning ‘Yes, something kind of similar, but not the exact same thing’, three dancers conjure a magical atmosphere where we celebrate our individuality, diversity and the bonds which connect us all. Mixing Kathak, Contemporary and Street dance, physical storytelling and hints of live music to create celebratory dance theatre for everyone.

Award-winning Sonia Sabri Company is one of the UK’s leading dance and music companies renowned for dazzling, lively performances created by Directors Sonia & Sarvar Sabri. This show was created with dramaturg Sue Buckmaster of the acclaimed Theatre Rites & is performed by Aakanksha Rawat, Katie Albon and George Perez.

On tour now.
Click here for the tour dates. Age guidance: children aged 5+ and their adults.

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Sonia Sabri - choreographer
Sonia Sabri is amongst the brightest and most inspirational of British born dancer-choreographers working in the twenty-first century. Creating work that spans from the presentation of classical roots of Kathak to explorations of contemporary approaches, her productions reflect an appreciation of Western and Eastern cultures. She has created a fresh, unique style of Kathak by reinventing it from within, by pushing boundaries and generating work that is original in concept and exciting and relevant to today’s audiences. As a dance artist, she is acclaimed for her enchanting stage presence, grace and musicality that enthral audiences both nationally and globally. Some of her recent concerts include WOMAD, Latitude Festival, Edinburgh Festival, British Dance Edition, South Bank Centre, Rasa Festival, Italy; Sonika Festival, Spain; to mention a few. She has secured an international reputation for collaboration across dance styles and art forms including work with pioneers Richard Alston, Lea Anderson, Shobana Jeyasingh, Nitin Sawhney, Rose English, Jonzi D, Tigerstyle, and many others.

Sue Buckmaster - dramaturge

Sarvar Sabri - Music

Kate Unwin - set & Costume

Dance Artists
The cast features dance artist
Katie Albon who trained at Trinity Laban and has since danced with Autin Dance Theatre, Springs Dance Company, Ascension Dance and FRONTLINEdance; Aakanksha Rawat from India who is part of Sonia Sabri Company's teaching faculty and leads dance workshops in community settings and George Perez who has worked with companies such as Jasmin Vardimon Company on ‘Alice in VR wonderland’ and MCDC.
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Reviews from Previous performances

“*****(5 Stars) Same Same…But Different is a really special show which brings together audiences despite their own differences. Not only is it hugely entertaining but it has a really powerful message at its core. A message that is delivered through the common language of dance.” The Family Stage blog

“There really was a very powerful message of 'its okay to be the same and it's okay to be different'
- we are all the same but differences should be celebrated!”
Vicki Rainbow Taylor, Relaxed Performance Review

“Incredibly enjoyable to watch with brilliant dancers, setting and choreography [...] It is something I would like to see again.” Audience Member

“One of the most amazing performances I have ever seen.” Audience Member

“My boys belly laughed throughout [...] I found the performance really emotional in a world where difference can be seen as a threat Same Same But Different celebrated the differences and highlighted the similarities. A real must see!” Family Fun In Brum blog
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