Documentary Theatre; What’s that?
22 January 2016 | Curated Conversation | Anubhava@IIHS
It is said that “Documentary theatre sits at the intersection of art and politics and can be seen as a catalyst for social change”. Corinne Maier, in conversation with Anuja Ghosalkar, discussed what really goes into the making of ‘documentary theatre’.
About Corinne Maier
The Swiss director and performer Corinne Maier studied Cultural Sciences and Aesthetic Practice at the University of Hildesheim in Germany until 2009. Since then, she has remained committed to creating her own performances in a range of contexts, including a series of solos on the philosophy she has devised.
Corinne Maier is part of the theatre collective ‘magic garden’. Her work as a director is mainly settled in the field of Documentary Theatre. She likes bringing the world ‘outside’ the theatre, on stage. ‘Past Is Present’ and ‘Like A Prayer’ are two of her latest projects.
23 January 2016 | Workshop | Anubhava@IIHS
IIHS and Kavade, a Toy Hive hosted a session of traditional games for students from Poornaprajna’s Primary School in Sadashivanagar, who participated in this event along with their parents and some with their grandparents. The objective of this session was to encourage students to connect with their culture and heritage through a time of fun and learning.
29 January 2016 | Facilitated Discussion | Anubhava@IIHS
Socrates’ Last Stand is a unique experience that gives people the opportunity to question the ways in which they think and engage with each other. Over the course of two hours, Meta-Culture’s facilitators and performers explore with the audience things about the world that are normally taken for granted. The theme this session is Identity. What is ‘identity’ to you? Why is it important? Or not? Is identity something to be created, or discovered? Can you lose it after having found it? What aspects of your identity are most important to you, and why? Have you ever had an “identity crisis”? Have you ever asked yourself: “Who am I”? The session explored this simple, powerful and yet complex idea.
12 February 2016 | | Facilitated Discussion | Anubhava@IIHS
What exactly is love? What is the difference between being “in love” and “loving” someone? Are there different kinds of love? If so, what are they? And how are they different? How do you know you are in love? What does falling in love feel like? What is it like to fall out of love? Is love just a sensation caused by chemicals in the limbic part of the brain or is it something else? Does love require sacrifice, an extinguishing of the self? Or is it transcendental?
Socrates’ Last Stand is a unique experience that gives people the opportunity to question the ways in which they think and engage with each other. Over the course of two hours, Meta-Culture’s facilitators and performers explore with the audience things about the world that are normally taken for granted. The theme for this session is Love.
De Sidere 7
18 February 2016 | Film Screening | Anubhava@IIHS
De Sidere 7 is an experimental work that interweaves performance, dance, poetry, storytelling and text to reflect upon aspects of desire. The film scripts the work of Deepak Srinivasan, Joshua Muyiwa, Shabari Rao, Tsohil Bhatia and Niranjani Iyer into a sensorially rich meditation on desire’s vexed status as at once, animating force, object of suspicion and ground of contention. De Sidere 7 is conceived as a videocontemplation: a formally plural, multilayered composition intended to be experienced as an integrated whole.
11 March 2016 | Documentary Theatre Performance | Anubhava@IIHS
Lady Anandi is a performance text written by Anuja Ghosalkar, a story of an actor-writer who is haunted by the ghost of her maternal great grandfather— a female impersonator in regional Indian Theatre in the late 1800s.
It is based on extensive research and the performance uses archival material to create artistic work. The text was written during Anuja’s month long residency at Art Lab Gnesta, Sweden. It is a documentary theatre piece and will be showcased as a work in progress.
Lady Anandi is a story of an Indian woman actor called F, who is haunted by the ghost of her maternal great grandfather every time she goes on stage. But when she finally encounters him, he is dressed as a woman, in a blood red, silk saree, essaying the role of Lady Anandi. Lady Anandi—a controversial 18th century Indian historical figure, who forced her husband to become a murderer for power.
F tries to imagine her great grandfather’s life, playing women’s parts in the theatre by looking at his photos, and trying to reenact characters he essayed. This leads F to question some of the characters she is made to play in current times. Unsure of what being a woman really means, F looks to her great grandfather’s gestures, stance, gait and gaze. Can F, play a lady convincingly? Or will she be caught faking it? F’s fascination for moustaches, especially long, black, thick ones complicate matters even more.
Lady Anandi— an exploration of a personal archive brings together elements like performance, history, early photography and gender. It is a quirky, absurd and historical look at how to act like a lady in a man’s world.
How Cow Now Cow
15 April 2016 | Theatre Performance | Anubhava@IIHS
Rosamma the cow is fast turning into an unbearable pain. She scolds, she rants and raves and makes life miserable for all the other animals on the beautiful farm. Find out what happens to Rosamma when she’s sent off on a long journey to a mysterious country far, far away.
A group of actors combine storytelling, object theatre and shadow puppetry to tell a compelling tale of patience, love, adventure and imagination.
Adapted from: ‘Rosemarie the Cow’ by Andri Beyeler
Performed by : Sachin Gurjale, Rency Philip and Abubakar Siddiq / Anirudh Mahesh
Directed by : Vinod Ravindran
Whose Water is it Anyway?
30 April 2016 | Workshop | Anubhava@IIHS
Facilitators from Ever After use creative techniques to engage with children. During this 90-min. session, participants explored everyday topics through story and activities. The theme was ‘Water’. Children aged 8–12 years participated in this session.
Gender in Performance
27 May 2016 | Curated Conversation | Anubhava@IIHS
This conversation explored the idea of drag kings—those fabulous women who impersonate men on stage. The cast of TAPE shared video excerpts from their work and were in conversation with Nisha Susan—Editor, The Ladies Finger.
TAPE, presented by Sandbox Collective in association with The Patchworks Ensemble, is a play that explores the idea of drag kings. Originally produced by the Gaysi Family the show was devised by Vikram Phukan, Rachel D’Souza, Sheena Khalid, Ratnabali Bhatacharjee and Puja Sarup. The play is performed by a motley crew of women who revel in drag shows. This cabaret like show takes the audience into a grimy secret world that gives people the license to be whoever they want to be. Patchwork’s previous show ILA also explored the concept of gender fluidity.
A Radio of One’s Own
1 July 2016 | Film Screening | Anubhava@IIHS
The film is about two organisations from different worlds, which came together to build on a shared dream of bringing community radio to the remote Mandakini River Valley region of Rudraprayag District. Set in the hilly state of Uttarakhand, India, ‘A Radio of One’s Own’ locates the unique narratives of community members with the larger story of community radio in India.
This film by Shweta Radhakrishnan was a product of her time at People’s P.ow.e.r Collective and their 22 month embedded collaborative programme with the community based organisation Mandakini ki Aawaz 90.8 F.M.
Paper Quilling Workshop
2 July 2016 | Workshop | Anubhava@IIHS
Quilling is the art of rolling narrow strips of paper into coils or scrolls and arranging them to form elegant shapes or filigree. This workshop facilitated by Gizelle Rebello, began with a presentation on the origin of the art, followed by a practical session.
Dekho Magar Pyaar Se
29 July 2016 | Theatre Performance | Anubhava@IIHS
The world makes it quite clear that some people belong and some people simply don’t. All around us we see images of the ideal man and the ideal woman that oppress those of us who stray from the norm. This performance by Vikrant Dhote questions and transforms the images of hyper-masculinity and hyper-femininity that are forced upon us through Bollywood, advertisements and our families. It attempts to subvert our notions of masculinity and question our prejudices and desires in a playful and engaging manner.
Vikrant Dhote is a performer, writer and director based in Bombay. He is interested in creating work that centers around gender and sexuality.
17 August 2016 | Theatre Performance | Anubhava@IIHS
Blank Page is a celebration of the spoken word through 55 minutes of theatre, music, and movement. Poems written in English, Hindi, Marathi, and Kashmiri by some of India’s finest contemporary poets are interpreted by a group of multi-talented performers. Blank Page explores themes such as conflicted relationships, political resistance, identity and the intense act of writing itself.
23 November 2016 | Theatre Performance | Anubhava@IIHS
‘Park’ —a play about three men, three benches and a park, located just about anywhere. An inevitable squabble for the choicest of seats. Each man’s claim seems to be the most fundamental and, as always, there’s never enough room for everyone. On the face of it, Park is a comedy play about three men in a park fighting for their individual space. However, the playful banter turns into a serious skirmish with the potential to escalate into violence as questions of space, territory and ownership become fraught with tension.
2 December 2016 | Musical Performance | Anubhava@IIHS
IIHS presented a musical performance by Sitarist, Sangeet Ratna Prabir Bhattacharya and Tabla Player, Gurumurthy Vaidya.
Prabir Bhattacharya is one of the torchbearers of the new generation of Sitarists. He has been trained by the doyen of Maihar Gharana Pandit Deepak Choudhury, a senior disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar. He has been awarded the title of “Sangeet Visharad” by the Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh.