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Category Archives: Performing Arts

International Women’s Day 2017

Auroville women celebrate International Women's Day by hosting traditional music, dance and 'kolam' (chalk art) competitions at Swachu Building at Bharat Nivas on 18 March 2017. The United Nations theme for International Women’s Day 2017, focuses on “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”. While the women in cities were occupied in either organizing or participating in various conferences and meetings, Women at Auroville have celebrated the day by promoting the local culture in three forms viz., music, dance, art by spreading the theme of gender equality and women civic participation in the society. Grace, Usha and Mathi from Auroville have taken a lead role in organizing various cultural activities which includes music and dance competitions and also performances. Bregette (from Hollande) has been at Auroville and serving at Matrimandir for five years now and in talking to the Auroville Radio she expressed her excitement of being part of this community in rendering various services mainly to the 'art and culture'. Mayawati, from La Farm has been the instructor for the 'kolam' art competition. Many young girls, students and women participated and filled the floor of the building with amusing and colorful art.


Comments: 0 Date: 22 Mar 2017

I am Yusuf and this is my brother

Mein Huun Yusuf Aur Yeh Hai Mera Bhai, a play by Aasaktha, Pune. Playwright Amir Nizar Zuabi, directed by Mahit Takalkar. One of the last performances within remembering Veenapani month long festival at Adishkati last night touched one of painful moments of human history, and as one Palestinian poet points out: These tears that we shed, should be for those still breathing. Story of three – Yusuf, Ali and Nada remembering 1948 when the British mandate ended in Palestine, and the Un was voting on who will control what part of the land... Love story between Ali and Nada, and friendship between mentally challenged Yusuf and Ali, who , as we find out in the end, is responsible for Yusuf’s condition. Powerfull story, amazing acting Cast: Ipshita Chakrabory, Ashish Mehta, Iftenda Joshi, Ajeet Singh Palawart, Ninad Mahajani, Mrinmayee Godbole, Sandeep Shikhar, Jayesh Newi, Arpeetta Chogardare, Sagar Deshmuukh, Tejaswini Barve, Alap Vaidya, Hirhsikeeh Pujari, Vinayak Lele. http://adishaktitheatrearts.com


Comments: 0 Date: 25 Feb 2017

Jujubee – Remembering Veenapanii

A kingdom of rules. An evil king. An unlikely heroine. A Jujubee.... This forms the premise for a fantastic story filled with action, colourful masks, larger-than-life puppets, music and dance! A thought-provoking play for children. Directed by Rajiv Krishnan


Comments: 0 Date: 06 Feb 2017

The Great Nebula in Orion

On the 10th Janurary 2017 at Pitanga, Jill Navarre and the Auroville Theatre Group presented a performative character study based on Lanford Wilson's "The Great Nebula In Orion", by Franziska Detrez, Mytra Konietzka and Nele Schute. The presentation was superbly done.

Warning! Do Not Listen!!

Set in the imaginary City of Neotopia, the play tells a story of a government frustrated by their city's lack of growth. In an attempt to identify the main obstacles to the city's progress, a group of politicians invite in a team of foreign consultants to identify the problem. After an exhaustive study, the consultants conclude that the main obstacle to the city's growth is the citizens, recommending the introduction of a new kind of citizen - Citizen One. Free from the inconvenience of emotion and opinion, Citizen One promises to get things moving again, but things do not go as planned. Photographs by Marco Saroldi here ---- The Office of Progress has been made aware of the presence of a subversive theatrical production. DO NOT WATCH THIS PERFORMANCE SUBVERSIVE MATERIAL TITLE: CITIZEN ONE Citizens are advised to avoid this performance at the following coordinates: WHEN: 8pm, SATURDAY MARCH 4 WHERE: KALABHUMI AMPHITHEATRE You are at risk of being reprogrammed. GRAPHIC MATERIAL WARNING! This post also contains attached graphic material. Do not look at it, do not listen!


Comments: 0 Date: 05 Mar 2017

Park

Last night performance Park at Adishkati within Remembering Veenapani month long festival yielded laughter from the gathered audience. A Sandbox Collective production directed by Nimi Ravidran on humorous way highlighted human psychology when it comes to ego and possession. Set in the small park of three benches with an inevitable squabble for the choicest of seats by three men Playwright: Manav Kaul Director: Nimi Ravidran Performers: Ashis D'Abreo, Jimmy Xavier, Deepak Subrahmanya Light: Bharavl Sound: Medha Agrawal


Comments: 0 Date: 19 Feb 2017

Indian Steam at Adishakti

Remembering Veenapani Festival 2017 at Adishkati has started last night successfully with Prodigal Theatre, UK , and their performance Indian Steam. Although Prodigal Theater performs more parkour stunts the red thread of the show was a skeletal remain of a steam locomotive, around which different stories took place.

Before the play team of Adishkati officially opened the festival with drumming.

This month Adishakti will be remembering Veenapani Chavla with many performances and theater plays every weekend.
Tonight , Saturday 4th we can see Akshayambara by Playwright &Director:
Sharanya Ramprakash; and tomorrow , Sunday 5th a spectacular Jujubee , Directed by Rajiv Krishnan.

Massive Vibe Live

From the last performance within Remembering Veenapani, a month long Festival at Adishakti we have witnessed Massive Vibe Live! concert. As a ground breaking music production, produced and with lyrics by Queen Be. The global tour "Perfect as You Are" they use powerful lyrics, music, magnetizing visuals and dance for a power packed performance. With lively sax, harmonica and hang solos, uplifiting percussion and stunning visual running throughout the show, bringing and atmosphere world-changing lyrical and visual magic. And as the members saying they are the people of the world, who came together and claim their birthright to be powerful... to be of benefit to all. Band John - lead singer, YUK George - sax, US Pete - keys, UK Niketa - dancer, Sweden Arun - percussion, India Vlad - harmonica, trombone, Bulgari, UK Kyle - Visual, Asutralia Crew: Katharina Raysz - direction , Germany, US Asaf Chenner - tour manager, Australia Lizzie Keates - PR and live stream, UK Sonic Omar - PR and social newtoworking, UK Celine Smith - band manager, France, UK http://massivevibe.com


Comments: 0 Date: 27 Feb 2017

Rage & Beyond Irawati’s Gandahari

Another event for the "Remembering Veenapani Festival 2017", "Rage & Beyond: Irawati's Gandahari" under the writing and direction of Sanjukta Wagh, with Hitesh Dhutia on acoustic guitar. Sanjurta Wagh says: “Rage and Beyond” is not just my response to the character of Gandhari as she appears in Iravati Karve’s “Yugant”, a text that was hailed as one of the first contemporary reinterpretations of the Mahabharata by a woman writer in the 1960’s. When I enter this text in 2014, I am negotiating with the tremendous ebb and flow that inevitably happens when one tries to embody an archetype, a mythological character that is so deeply entrenched in the Indian cultural consciousness. It is at the same time my interaction with Irawati Karve as an empowered woman, deeply rooted in Marathi tradition, someone who was known for her scholarship and yet sought to have a conversation with the world through her non-academic writing. In this rewriting and embodiment of Irawati’s Gandhari, I am trying to keep this complexity alive without the need to either essentialise or glorify either author or her character, by not trying to fill in the blanks."


Comments: 0 Date: 13 Feb 2017

My Burning Heart – Satprem

On the 15th Janurary 2017 at Cripa, Francesca enacted a monologue from Satprem's interview "7 days in India" titled "My Burning Heart", which was directed by Moghan. It was such a great performance where everyone present appreciated the acting as much as the story.


Comments: 0 Date: 20 Jan 2017
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