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Category Archives: Performing Arts

Far Out Afrofuturism


Selection of some of far-out Afrofuturistic Music Videos
To see Afrofuturism in action is when music videos consider Afrofuturist aesthetics. Some of the weirdest, strangest, most popular and memorable music videos actually fall under the Afrofuturism umbrella: like Michael and Janet Jackson’s “Scream,” almost every Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes video, Grace Jones,Here we are featuring some stellar Afrofuturist music videos , but keep in mind that this selection is merely the tip of the iceberg.
These particular videos showcase diverse subplots of Afrofuturism: from surrealism and space travel, to dystopians and love fantasies.

tracklist
Petite Noir “Best” (Magical Realism)
https://youtu.be/7XvD1QN3enQ
In this stunning, otherworldly music video, Congolese
artist Petite Noir travels, by foot, to several otherworldly destinations. There’s a barren desert, harboring only beautiful souls that haunt him as he runs; a neon green forest of digital nature, and a foggy heaven where beautiful angels await, before he’s transported to a deeper spiritual state. By fusing magical realism with the beauty of Africa, Petite Noir illustrates a narrative where fantasy is juxtaposed against nature: emphasizing the notion that Africa is a place of wonders and mystery.
Erykah Badu “Didn’t Cha Know” (Space Travel)
https://youtu.be/Np21rH7Ldto
Wu-Tang Clan “Triumph” featuring Cappadonna (Social Sci-Fi)
https://youtu.be/cPrksKwEdUQ
FKA Twigs “Pendulum” (Future Feminism)
https://youtu.be/O8yix8Pzklw
Ibaaku “Djula Dance” (Dance Apocalyptic)
https://youtu.be/XbdBpiRywIA
Kanye West “Runaway” (Romantic Fantasy)
https://youtu.be/Jg5wkZ-dJXA
Bootsy Collins “Party on Plastic” (Funkadelic Future)
https://youtu.be/0end00Llzlg
Janet Jackson “Rhythm Nation” (Dystopian Revolution)
https://youtu.be/OawaNWGLM0c
Flying Lotus “Coronus, the Terminator” (Afro-Supernatural)
<a href="https://youtu.be/Ak4vLebxIo4" target="_blank">https://youtu.be/Ak4vLebxIo4
Jojo Abot “Gods Among Men & Marching” (Unapologetic Black Superpowers)
https://youtu.be/ovdFduauzEM

Invitation to a Play


Tonight 5th, tomorrow 6th and after tomorrow 7th May at 7:30 pm at CRIPA Garden (behind CRIPA), Kalabhumi.The Auroville Theatre Group presents All My Sons by Arthur Miller, directed by Jill, the creative director of AV Theatre Group.

This morning we hosted Jill and one of the actors in the play, Nishant Saini in our studio, and the conversation was going on around the play, and Nishant experiences.
Among others Jill on the question of relevance of the play to Auroville says, that she has chosen this play to be reminded on "our share of responsibility ... or what could happened, or what are the consequences of not thinking through ..."

All My Sons by Arthur Miller is directed by Jill , and we will see on the stage Swar, Jill, Shilpi, Vinu Karthick, Nishant Saini, Ahmed, Myrta, Manjula Selvam, Satyendra Kumar, Satish T.

Tales of Twenty Dodgy Fingers

Tonight at Adishakti Theater we had a chance to see work, a world premiere of Karoliina Loimaala (Findland) and Maya Oliva(Italy) who are currently resident actresses here. Under the title "Tales of Twenty Dogdy Fingers" we saw Chapter 1 - With a Pair of Dirty Gloves, and Chapter 6 - You didn't See This Coming, both with experimental minimalistic approach.
Tales are a series of Dance Theatre pieces, short episodes transforming the art of cinema live on stage., whereby film art has a tangible speicificity in details that absorbs the spectator in its world.
Karoliina and Maya have said "What If you could take a peek into a keyhole, into a mind? We want to tickle the mind. We search for deliberate ways of moving. We depart from the gesture of everyday actions. We twist them routhlessly around, fictionalize them, butter them up, dip them in boiling sugar. We reject abstract movement without a meaning and an end. We have an urge."

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

Dragonfly Kiss


Dragonfly Kiss

We stepped out of the house into the alley, our visible breath smudged by the wind tunnel. At the base of the steps she pulled a lighter to the menthol gripped in her mouth. The arctic breeze blew away each flame in birthday fashion, so I cupped my hands around hers and our campfire was born.
With her eyes on mine, she pulled and I said "Have you ever had a dragonfly kiss before?"...




The Approach
The crowd lowers their murmurs to a vacant silence as she makes her way up the aisle. Finally. Slowly. Unsure. She tiptoes toward you, feet pumping ice water, carrying flowers like a sacred torch, her arm wrapped around her father's as he delivers her to you one last time.
You await with the stillness of a photograph in the best suit you've ever worn. Breathless. Feet so cold, they're frozen......




Super
"Hey stranger" to you too
I've been super. Thanks for asking.
Hey, did you know there are 100 billion planets in our galaxy?
That's 12 digits
That's one digit for every month since you sent your last beacon.
I remember because it was the first winter I'd woken up to the dawn
Instead of you.

Pem Flow by KinGi

"Connectivity, bio circuitry, aren't we all vibrating along, getting in and out of touch, looping through some ups and downs, feeling locked in or out, free to contact, interact, with whichever next big challenge flows by..." (words by KinGi) 27th April (at Tibetan Pavillion) was an evening of vocally performed poetry describing some climatic sensations of an inner environment. A single man show cannot be better than this. KinJi amazed everyone with his narration and act and no doubt the words he used. Everything was so beautifully written and with each piece he expressed the struggles going on inside every person's mind. It was an so great to listen him and to witness his acting, the expressions, changing voice notes, everything was so awestruking and touching.


Comments: 0 Date: 03 May 2017

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

All My Sons


Thie weekend (5th, 6th, 7th) Auroville Theatre Group presents Arturh Miller's play All My Sons at CRIPA's garden in Kalabhumi.
The play is Miller's first great play about family, ethics, money, and love.
Being set at the back of CRIPA, and story is going on at the backyard of family's house in Ohio, to audience brings a certain intimacy , closeness to the family, and involvement to the story.
Despite that is set in years after War II , play does draw the parallel on what is going on at the moment on the planet, and we can easily translate it in every day situations, where the question of responsibility of conscious choice play a vital role.
Amazing acting of Swar, Jill, Shilpi, Vinu Karthick, Nishant Saini, Ahmed, Myrta, Manjula Selvam, Satyendra Kumar, Satish T; under the direction of Jill.
All the actors, regardless being old "cats" or new ones, proved their acting maturity.

Three Maskmen (Where is Tamanna?)

Last School Theater presents sequence of Three Masken and Where is Tamanna?; another comedy play written and directed by Dyuman. Three Maskmen, petty clumsy thieves who with their elaborated plans aspire to be big "fishes". Does the complexity of twist and turns in plan bring the wanted result? Play is staged and produced by students of Last School of school year 2016/17, and we have a chance to see some already proven actors, and some good new ones.


Comments: 0 Date: 16 Apr 2017

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
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