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Not Today's Yesterday (SOUTH AUSTRALIA, Australia)


1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2021

Short Synopsis

'With work such as this, one feels one should give a round of applause some 48 hours later.' Broadway World UK

Once upon a time… in a faraway land… it happened… did not happen… could have happened. History is passed on like stories from generation to generation. But what if the stories are not what they seem?

This award winning work is an International collaboration between UK award-winning Bharatanatyam artist Seeta Patel and Australian choreographer Lina Limosani. This work blends techniques from Bharatanatyam, contemporary dance & theatre to create a poetic narrative that has the beauty & disquiet of a Grimm’s fairy-tale. Told through a fairytale, this theatrical work's story unfolds through movement, dance and music with a continuous poetic and evocative narration. With striking imagery, it’s a one-woman show which subversively co-opts whitewashing against itself, with cultural appropriation at its core.

This accessible show blurs the lines between dance and theatre with a story that aligns perfectly with our history of colonialism. 

It’s a visual performative metaphor that talks about power and manipulation, stories and culture, BUT most importantly, it's about awareness, about each of our contributions and the roles we play in creating the story we are in today.

Not Today's Yesterday took home the Graham Smith Peace Foundation Award and the Bank SA Best in Dance Award at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe.



Reviews Feature

‘This is outstanding, innovative, must-see dance'. 

Peter Burdon - The Advertiser


With work such as this, one feels one should give a round of applause some 48 hours later.'

Broadway World UK


'This is an important piece of dance theatre. It is authentic and honest but most importantly, it wills you to think for yourself’                   

Charlotte Maxwell – Afronalysis


An unmissable treat’

British Theatre Guide


‘Not Today’s Yesterday is a poised and thoughtful work and a spectacular performance from a powerful dancer

Frodo Allan, Broadway Baby


The interplay of Patel’s classical form with Limosani’s contemporary choreography makes a perfect partnership for the telling of this old/new tale.’

British Theatre Guide

Written By
Seeta Patel & Sharmila Chauhan
Composed By
Music compiled and edited by Lina Limosani
Directed By
Lina Limosani
Lina Limosani
Designed By
Costume Design: Lydia Cawson, Set Design: Chris Faulds, Lighting Design: Barnaby Booth
Seeta Patel
Availability Status
Available at short notice


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