Not Today's Yesterday

Seeta Patel & Lina Limosani


Seeta Patel is an independent artist working in dance and film. She trained in the South Indian dance form of bharatanatyam. Her work encompasses classical bharatanatyam and contemporary dance influenced by this form. As a performer, she has toured with companies including DV8 Physical Theatre and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company. As a choreographer, she has presented work at the Southbank Centre and Sadler’s Wells, and recently created a production with Gandini Juggling. On television, she was a judge and mentor for the BBC Young Dancer of the Year competition. She appears in our main programme this year after participating in the Edinburgh Showcase Artist Development Programme in 2015.

Not Today's Yesterday is an international collaboration between Patel and Australian choreographer Lina Limosani, developed in part through the British Council and Arts Council England’s Artists’ International Development Fund. It’s a one woman show performed by Patel that blends bharatanatyam, contemporary dance and theatre. The result is a poetic narrative that evokes indigenous cultures and colonialism with the beauty and disquiet of a dark fairytale. Set in an unspecified time and place, it challenges nostalgic views of history and interrogates our ideas of equality, culture and identity.

Not Today's Yesterday is in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In the press

“This is outstanding, innovative, must-see dance” Adelaide Now

“Not Today’s Yesterday is a poised and thoughtful work and a spectacular performance” Broadwaybaby

"An exceptional piece of political theatre that speaks volumes without a word being said on the stage” Afroanalysis

“An unmissable treat” British Theatre Guide

Production details

  • Writer

    Seeta Patel (editing support by Sharmila Chauhan)
  • Director

    Lina Limosani
  • Choreographer

    Lina Limosani
  • Designer

    Set Designer: Chris Faulds, Costume Designer: Joy C
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight


    Information available on request

  • Touring Availability

    From June 2019
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400)
  • Minimum performance space

    6m x 8m x 5m
  • Text-based

    Medium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    ZOO Southside, 117 Nicolson St, Edinburgh, EH8 9ER
  • Production dates

    19–24 AUGUST
  • Production times

  • Duration

    50 MINS
  • Audience capacity




1. Post show curated discussions with two or three special invited guests to accompany Seeta Patel to talk about the themes explored in the work, including colonialism and the impact of whitewashed histories on current times.
2. Bharatnatyam workshops for beginner to advanced level.
3. Coffee morning/salon style discussions instigated with provocations by Seeta Patel based on the themes in the work.

Additional productions

Rite of Spring

Taking the South Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam with its intricate rhythmic footwork, geometric and dynamic movements and expressive prowess, Seeta has created a compelling interpretation of Stravinsky's iconic Rite of Spring with a cast of six talented dancers.

This will be the first time this powerful score has been interpreted in this way, and an exciting bridge between two very technical, powerful and evocative art forms (Western classical music and Indian classical dance).