Dastaan Live is a multi-arts experience that amalgamates live music with the visual arts, sound & light design and live theatrical performances to tell the story of a city. Dastaan LIVE is a response to the many realities of lives in urban India.
With music composed by Anirban Ghosh and Sumant Balakrishnan at its foundation, Dastaan live is driven by visuals and poetry from Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Sahir Ludhianvi, Majaz, Nazir and Baba Nagarjuna. It seeks to explore new ways to make the show more immersive for audience members and provide a forum to cast light on their own experiences and perspectives on the issues raised during our performance.
Get a glimpse : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77ViOcggoPM
Anirban Ghosh (Bass Guitar)
Sumant Balakrishnan (Guitar / Vocals)
Nikhil Vasudevan (Drums)
Sudheer Rikhari (Poetry / Vocals)
Varun Gupta (Percussions)
Jagtinder Singh Sidhu (Hindustani Vocals)
Subhanshu Singh (Guitar)
Yashas Chandra (Live Projections)
Anurag Dasgupta (Visual Documentation)
Pinak Mokashi (Visual Documentation)
Lights & Space Design & Production: Ankit Pandey, Abhinav Khetarpal
*part of Tech Quartet
Live Sound: Krishna Rao
Photograph by Nikhil Sandhu
h.g. – installation in 9 rooms, one prologue and one epilogue
Trickster-p takes a fairytale as a theme and dives into a universe of images, memories and sensations evoked by the story.
.h.g. is a reading – and revision – of the classical fairy tale of Hänsel and Gretel, in the shape of an installation where theatre and visual arts merge. The spectator walks through 9 different physical- sensory rooms accompanied and guided by earphones. Each room is a world on its own, a passage into universes suspended halfway between reality and dream: here the mind slips into the imaginary and the external spectator becomes an integral part of the experience. The installation evolves along the points of rupture and intersection of the story, in search of the links between the world of childhood and the world of adulthood.
Hänsel and Gretel is a beastly, cruel and merciless story.
It is a story made of sounds and silences
It is a story of bones and flesh, of food and hunger
It is a story about home, the forest, then again home
It is the story of two children who go into the thick of the forest holding hands
It is a story with both a clean and ferocious smell.
Suspended between ferocity and childlike lightness, .h.g. strives to be an experience both aesthetical and sensorial.
An audio walk for one spectator at the time. Individual journey lasts around 30 minutes.
Created by Cristina Galbiati and Ilija Luginbühl
Photographs by Studio CCRZ
Two performers, through their playful banter find a small entry into the space occupied by the fundamental Indian epic-The Ramayana, only to get carried away by the force of what unfolds. Slowly the visual narrative expands, grows more complex and takes the two storytellers deeper into a surreal stream. As they journey in this stream, they find new and contemporary perspectives in the abstract world, and the epic reveals itself to them in many new and unexpected ways, making this journey a new Ramayana of sorts, but one with a playful wink. The audience is invited to join the performers on this roller coaster ride, and discover this new world with them. Perhaps even find their own answers to the questions they are confronted with along the way.
This performance explores the world of The Ramayana through live sound, video art, choreography and stage design.
Ramanaya is inspired by the fundamental Indian epic The Ramayana, its various retellings, and how it continues to occupy the imagination of millions of people in the Indian subcontinent and several other parts of Asia. This performance, however, is neither an adaptation, nor an interpretation. It seeks, at best, to enter a space occupied by the epic and to recreate elements from the Ramayana based on the interactions between the performers and the sound, video and stage designers.
Duration: 70 minutes
For ages 8+
Director/Choreographer: Felix Mathias Ott
Performers: Puja Sarup and Vinod Ravindran
Video Artist: Benjamin Brix
Sound Design: Nikhil Nagaraj
Production Manager: Bharavi
Photographs by Benjamin Brix
Supported by the International Co-Production Fund of the Goethe-Institut
No Rest in the Kingdom
No Rest In The Kingdom, a devised, physical theatre performance, came out of the need to have a conversation about the daily misogynies we are complicit in perpetrating.
A comedy with music and movement, in which the performer plays four characters – two male, one female, and one feline, No Rest In The Kingdom draws from the lives of urban characters who speak similar languages of consumerism and technology.
Young and old men and women who are themselves baffled at this ‘gender question’ often find themselves walking on thin ice, oblivious, and sometimes very aware of the dangerous biases they hold. The laughter often received is both ludicrous and uncomfortable — oftentimes knowing — that the outrageous world of inequities we inhabit is very much within us.
Duration: 60 minutues
For ages 13 +
Written, directed, and performed by Deepika Arwind
Supported by Shoonya – Centre for Art and Somatic Practices
Photograph by Richa Bhavanam