New Delhi, 18 th March 2018

 Today’s Allied Activities

 Meet The Director

Directors Mr. Romeo Castellucci (Julius Caesar. Spared Parts), Mr. Piyal Bhattacharya (Bhaanak), Mr. Anup Baral (Thanglha – A Tale of Cold Desert), and Mr. Arna Mukhopadhyay (Athhoi) attended the session today. Actors Mr. Maurizio Cerasoli and Mr. Sergio Scarlatella (Julius Caesar. Spared Parts), Mr. Sayak Mitra (Bhaanak) and Ms. Deeya Maskey (Thanglha – A Tale of Cold Desert) also participated in the discussion that was attended by eminent theatre critics Mr. Sangam Pandey and Mr. Sheokesh Mishra.

  • Talking about his play ‘Julius Caesar. Spared Parts’, Mr. Romeo Castellucci says, “The use of endoscopic machine to show how the vocal cord of the actor moves shows the mortality of body. The play is based on the Act I of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and so the voice in the play is political. The word is a weapon and it is important for me to tweak voice as a political tool that is a harsh weapon. The white setting of the play is symbolic of the Roman Senate that was made of marble.” He added, “Traditional Indian theatre is very important to me because it is formal and methodical, it is a cultural heritage and a matter of study for me.”
  • The actors spoke about their experience of the play and their preparation for the experimental theatre. Mr. Maurizio Cerasoli, the actor who played Mark Antony on stage, has to make a lot of effort to speak as he underwent a surgery on his vocal cord. “Theatre gave me a chance to stand in front of an audience and worked as a therapy,” he says. Mr. Sergio Scarlatella, who played ‘... vskji’ on stage, says, “I went to a doctor who specialises in the matter of vocal cords and practiced with the endoscopy machine regularly.”
  • Mr. Piyal Bhattacharya, director of ‘Bhaanak’ says, “I learnt Kudiyattam and Kathakali for 9 years and Sanskrit for 7 years to understand the soul of traditional Indian theatre that is based on Bharat Muni’s NatyaShashtra and tried to create something from what I learnt. The philosophy of dance is in creation – the first pulsation of the universe that is the root of ‘Chhanda’. Theatre was my ultimate destination and ‘Bhaanak’ is the story pf my life.”
  • Director of ‘Thanglha – A Tale of Cold Desert’, the alumnus of National School of Drama and director Mr. Anup Baral says, “I first staged this play 20 years ago and it is based my experiences as a child but added new elements with time.”
  • Mr. Arna Mukhopadhyay, director of ‘Athhoi’, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’, says, “The play is set in Bengal and looks at the socio-cultural reality. MY brief for the actors was only five words – ambiguity, coolness, stillness, irony, and passion – these elements are present in all of Shakespeare’s plays.”

 

Today’s Other Activities

The 8th Theatre Olympics today staged colourful performances from states of India. The Bundelkhandi dancers performed gracefully on the traditional folk songs while performing artists from Himachal Pradesh charmed the audience with a captivating cultural act. The ‘Puppet Jadugar’ enthralled the audience with intriguing magic tricks, bringing back the memories of an era gone by.

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Tomorrow’s Highlights (Meet The Director): (Venue: Yoga Hall; Time: 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.)*

Name of the Directors attending the session:

  • Mr. Dhirendra Mohan, play director (Buddha: Not For Salvation)
  • Mr. Pabitra Raha, play director (Kino Kou)
  • Ms. Tropa Majumdar, play director (Baramkhana)
  • Mr. Romeo Castellucci, play director (Julius Caesar. Spared Parts)
  • Mr. Malay Ray, play director (Sitayan)
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  • New Delhi, 18th March 2018

    Today’s Performances

    Buddha: Not For Salvation:The play by director Dhirendra Mohan presents the life of Buddha, both the physical and inner/spiritual. The music of Banaras gharana pitted against the poetry of Kabir and Pablo Neruda makes this an interesting watch. (LTG; 4:00 P.M.)

    Kino Kou:A multilingual play by director Pabitra Rabha, the play presents the lack of dignity of dwarfs in our society. The dwarf cast presents several choreographic patterns to bring out the humour, satire, irony, and pain of this socially-alienated group of people. (Sri Ram Centre; 5:30 P.M.)

    Baramkhana:A Bengali play by director Tropa Majumdar based on the life of Fakir Lalon Shah, a mystic poet, lyricist and philosopher of Bangladesh. The play depicts Lalon as a symbol of secularism and humanism. (Kamani; 6:30 P.M.)

    Julius Caesar. Spared Parts: Another play adopted from Shakespearean tragedy, this Italian production by famed director Romeo Castellucci highlights the clash between the ethereal and the obscure. It also deals with the conflict between fathers and sons, and with the power of rhetoric, seen as a sign of strength and decadence. (Chahumukh; 7:00 P.M.)

    Sitayan:This Bengali play relooks at Ramayana from Sita’s point of view and is a critique of the conventional male-centric approach of the society. The play is directed by Malay Ray and is presented in the form of a verbal narrative.  (Abhimanch; 8:30 P.M.

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  • Today’s Performances

  • Buddha: Not For Salvation:The play by director Dhirendra Mohan presents the life of Buddha, both the physical and inner/spiritual. The music of Banaras gharana pitted against the poetry of Kabir and Pablo Neruda makes this an interesting watch. (LTG; 4:00 P.M.)

  • Kino Kou:A multilingual play by director Pabitra Rabha, the play presents the lack of dignity of dwarfs in our society. The dwarf cast presents several choreographic patterns to bring out the humour, satire, irony, and pain of this socially-alienated group of people. (Sri Ram Centre; 5:30 P.M.)

    Baramkhana:A Bengali play by director Tropa Majumdar based on the life of Fakir Lalon Shah, a mystic poet, lyricist and philosopher of Bangladesh. The play depicts Lalon as a symbol of secularism and humanism. (Kamani; 6:30 P.M.)

    Julius Caesar. Spared Parts: Another play adopted from Shakespearean tragedy, this Italian production by famed director Romeo Castellucci highlights the clash between the ethereal and the obscure. It also deals with the conflict between fathers and sons, and with the power of rhetoric, seen as a sign of strength and decadence. (Chahumukh; 7:00 P.M.)

    Sitayan:This Bengali play relooks at Ramayana from Sita’s point of view and is a critique of the conventional male-centric approach of the society. The play is directed by Malay Ray and is presented in the form of a verbal narrative.  (Abhimanch; 8:30 P.M.)

    Tomorrow’s Highlights for performances:

     

    • Taj Mahal Ka Tender (Writer: Ajay Shukla; Director: Chittaranjan Tripathy; Group: NSD Repertory Company, Delhi; Language: Hindi; Duration: 2 Hours)

    • Antigone (Writer: Sophocles; Director: Rajan Khatidawa; Group: Mandala Theatre, Nepal; Language: Nepali; Duration: 1 Hour 20 Minutes)

    • Across The Sea (Puppet Show) (Writer & Director: Anurupa Roy; Group: TIE Co. NSD; Language: Non Verbal; Duration: 1 Hour 10 Minutes)