THE PERSISTENCE OF BEING
We live in desperate times. Do they call for desperate measures?
The Persistence of Being casts dancing bodies into mutual modes of being, with intentional urgency. It is about everything, and yet it isn’t about anything in particular. It fabricates a fragile and taut web of ideas that manifest themselves in relation to each other. Tug at one, and the other begins to unravel. Sometimes, ideas collapse like they have been punched in the gut, making the web implode upon itself. And at other times, nothing happens.
In the times we live in, what does performance as ecology mean for our experience of the world?
Cast: Abhijeet Chaturvedi, Akanksha Kumari, Arman Kainth, Aseng Borang, Anoushka Upadhyay, Deepali, Firoz Haider, Gunjan Gupta, Jasmine Yadav, Jyoti Dubey, Madhuri Singh, Neelakshi Malik, Pallavi Verma, Srijaa Kundu, Varsha Seth Choreography: Abhilash Ningappa in collaboration with the students of the MA Performance Practice (Dance) programme
Daughters Opera is an inter-cultural contemporary performance work that brings women from diverse backgrounds, cultures and languages in a cross-artform setting that aims to address the ongoing everyday acts of gender violence through the expressive form of Portuguese fado music, and live experimental electronics.
Performed by: Shilpika Bordoloi, Persephone Brennan, Samara Chopra, Aivale Cole, Bhumisuta Das, Melodi Dorcas, Uma Katju, Aashima Mahajan, Kimberly Rodrigues, Ritika Singh and Vanessa Varghese, and Purnima Yengkokpam. Musicians: Eduardo Baltar Soares, Miranda Hill and Mauricio Carrasco. Live Electronics: Marco Cher-Gibard. Devising of Hindi Text: Geetanjali Shree. Costume: Marty Jay. Lighting Design: Ben Hughes; Production Dramaturgy: Purav Goswami; Film and Video Design: Kate Blackmore and Midhun Mohan. Production Manager: Taha Abdul Majeed. Scenography Fabrication: Sarthak Narula and Ujjwal Kumar. Production and libretto Tammy Brennan. Music composed by David Chisholm and scenography by Deepan Sivaraman. Movement language and choreography by Victoria Hunt. Directed by Anuradha Kapur.
By Aagaaz Theatre Trust
An adaptation of Andreas Flourakis' 'I Want A Country'.
As we navigate a period where what it means to be a citizen is being redefined, we explore with young people the world they imagine for tomorrow, and how to make it a reality. What are their stories around belonging and the world they want to live in? Performed by11 young repertory members from Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti who are all founding members of the organisation.
Featuring Saddam, Nagma, Jasmine, Ismail, Shahid, Tuba, Muzammil, Zainab, Nagina, Aslam, Nahid. Translated by: Rahul Rai. Stage and Visual Design by: OddWorks. Lighting Design by: Deepa Dharmadhikari. Production Management by: Sanyukta Saha. Publicity Design and Stage Management by: Devika Bedi. Production Assistance by: Chathrapati Singh. Assistant Direction by: Sakhi Upadhyaya. Directed by: Neel Chaudhuri.
FOR THE RECORD
1971: A tribunal is tasked with selecting three artefacts that represent India to the world.
2018: Transcripts of the tribunal meetings are released to the public.
2019: “For The Record” recreates the deliberations, the disputes and the drama!
Featuring Dhwani Vij, Kriti Pant, Krittika Bhattacharjee, Kshitij Mervin, Neel Sengupta, Niharika Lyra Dutt and Prashant Prakash. Sound Design: Dhruv Rai Lighting. Designer: Deepa Dharmadhikari. Lights Operator: Aroon Jindall. Set Construction by Anil Sharma. Lead Electrician Ashok Kumar. Photography by Nayantara Parikh. Directed by Nikhil Mehta.
MONSOON WEDDING MUSICAL
The perfect storm starts brewing when family members from around the world descend on Delhi for a nonstop four-day celebration of an arranged marriage between a modern upper-middle-class Indian family’s only daughter and an American guy she’s never met. But the bride is having an affair, her father’s financial troubles deepen, and dark family secrets surface. The forecast calls for drama, love, hope, laughs, and a whole lot of rain.
Featuring Akshay Sharma, Ankur Sabharwal, Anisha Nagarajan, Boloram Das, Charu Shankar, Faezeh Jalali, Gagan Dev Riar, Joyeeta Dutta, Kaveri Sheth, Mansi Multani, Meher Mistry, Mirvaan Vinayak, Namit Das, Puja Sarup, Rahul Tewar, Sharvari Deshpande, Sorab Wadia, Swaroopa Ghosh and Waseem Alzer. Music by Vishal Bhardwaj. Book by Sabrina Dhawan and Arpita Mukherjee. Lyrics by Masi Asare and Susan Birkenhead. Movement Directors Scott Graham and Eddie Kay. Choreography by Payal Kadakia. Scenic Design by Tim Hatley. Costume Design by Aneeth Arora and Himanshu Shani. Lighting Design by Arghya Lahiri. Sound design by Scott Lehrer. Orchestrations by Jamshied Sharifi. Music Directed by Julie McBride. Stage Managed by Candice Wilson. Production Managed by OranJuice. Produced by Rahul Chitella. Photographs courtesy Mirabai Films. Co-Directed by Mira Nair and Nikhil Mehta.
An unfinished, fragmented classic by the German playwright George Büchner, Woyzeck is the story of a young man's descent into madness as he grapples with his place in the world.
Featuring Farhad Colabavala, Ariella Dawn, Piyush Kumar, Uma Katju, Madhav Mehta, Kshitij Mervin Ekka, Samar Sarila, Shaik Sheeba. Lighting Design by Deepa Dharmadhikari. Production Manager Mukesh Gupta. Lighting Programmed and Operated by Arun Jindal. Sound Design by Dhruv Rai. Associate Scenic Design by Vanya Vaishnavi. Poster Designed by Nadia Shervani. Front of House Tanya Malik. Set Construction by Anil Sharma. Lead Electrician Ashok Kumar. Photography by Nayantara Parikh. Directed by Nikhil Mehta.
THE SHAKUNTALA PROJECT
Night after night, confined within the four walls of an apartment, a Man and Woman re-live Kalidasa’s Shakuntala. Uprooting their existence as they frantically strive for something better, something different – do they succeed?
Featuring Sharvari Deshpande and Prashant Prakash. Lighting Design by Deepa Dharmadhikari. Scenic Design by Brittany Vasta. Original Music by Jahn Sood and Brian Cavanagh- Strong. Production Managed by Mukesh Gupta. Poster Designed by Nadia Shervani. Marketing by Crow. Lighting Operated by Arun Jindal. Sound Operated by Dhruv Rai. Camera Operated by Ariella Blank and Debjit Banerjee. Stage Managed by Shruti Sunder. Photography by Nayantara Parikh. Directed by Nikhil Mehta.
Karkhana - R.W. Fassbinder’s Katzelmacher
Set in 1972, or perhaps the present, Karkhana traces the lives of employees in an office as they attempt to break out of their mundane routines with raging affairs (real and make believe), disco mob dances, violent confrontations, high octane gossip sessions and karaoke breaks.
Featuring Vardaan Arora, Farhad Colabavala, Mallika Dua, Nitya Kukreja, Vidushi Mehra, Madhav Mehta, Luke Noble, Mehek Panjabi, Kriti Pant, Sudheer Rikhari, Rahul Tewari. Lighting design by Deepa Dharmadhikari. Lighting assistant and operation by Gopal Verma. Scenic and Costume Design by Portia Elmer. Dramaturgy by Promona Sengupta and Amanda Culp. Stage managed by Tanya Malik. Production Managed by Mukesh Gupta. Publicity stills by Manu Sharma. Sound Operated by Anuja Singh. Graphics by Soumya Parker. Photography by Nayantara Parikh. Directed by Nikhil Mehta.