Daughters Opera, 2020
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Daughters Opera 

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Woyzeck, 2018
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Woyzeck

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Monsoon Wedding Musical, 2019
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Monsoon Wedding Musical

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EXPLORE | DREAM | CREATE

 
 

TEARS OF JEENABAD

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If your smart phone screen was your own Black Box, what would you stage?

 

Tears of Jeenabad is a crowd-sourced virtual play created as a part of BBO’s online programming - Black Box Okhla in the Clouds. 


BBO engaged virtually with over 200 audience members through online polls and questions to devise a new play on Instagram. After 10 days of interactions, Tears of Jeenabad was released - the story of Ria, an Astronaut trapped at the edge of Jeenabad - a city at the risk of being completely wiped out. Can Ria save the day?

Created by: 200+ Audiences on Instagram and Facebook. Visualized by: Aparajita Komanduri. Conceived by: Nikhil Mehta and Akhila Khanna

 

THE PERSISTENCE OF BEING

The Persistence of Being
The Persistence of Being

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The Persistence of Being

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The Persistence of Being
The Persistence of Being

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The Persistence of Being

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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?

Featuring: 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 and Varsha Seth. Choreography: Abhilash Ningappa in collaboration with the students of the MA Performance Practice (Dance) programme

 

VATAPI

Vatapi
Vatapi

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Vatapi

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Vatapi

Diagram Credit: Poppy Seed Lab

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Vatapi

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Inspired by the thicket of a black box and the transformative qualities of light, Vatapi re-imagines perspective outside of cartesian geometry and the ways in which we view our physical world. 

The audience is invited to experience a field of light, sculpture and sound through a time-coded set of conditions, oscillating within the space. Presented as an on-going exploration of the artists' engagement with light and sight, condition and duration, myth and technology.

Conceptualised and Created by: Vishal K. Dar and Poppy Seed Lab

Sound Courtesy: Sounds of Magnetosphere from Polar Plasma Wave Investigation, Univerity of Iowa Archives

 

DAUGHTERS OPERA

Daughters Opera
Daughters Opera

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Daughters Opera
Daughters Opera

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Daughters Opera
Daughters Opera

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Daughters Opera

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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.

 

 

Featuring: 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 Composer: David Chisholm. Scenography: Deepan Sivaraman. Movement Language and Choreography: Victoria Hunt. Directed by: Anuradha Kapur.

 

RIHLA

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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.

By Aagaaz Theatre Trust. Featuring: Saddam, Nagma, Jasmine, Ismail, Shahid, Tuba, Muzammil, Zainab, Nagina, Aslam, Nahid. Translated by: Rahul Rai. Stage and Visual Design: OddWorks. Lighting Design: Deepa Dharmadhikari. Production Management: Sanyukta Saha. Publicity Design and Stage Management: Devika Bedi. Production Assistance: Chathrapati Singh. Assistant Direction: Sakhi Upadhyaya. Directed by: Neel Chaudhuri.

 

FOR THE RECORD

For The Record
For The Record

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For The Record

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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: Anil Sharma. Lead Electrician: Ashok Kumar. Photography: Nayantara Parikh. Directed by: Nikhil Mehta.

 

MONSOON WEDDING MUSICAL 

Monsoon Wedding Musical
Monsoon Wedding Musical

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Monsoon Wedding Musical

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Monsoon Wedding Musical

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Monsoon Wedding Musical

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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: Vishal Bhardwaj. Book by: Sabrina Dhawan and Arpita Mukherjee. Lyrics: Masi Asare and Susan Birkenhead. Movement Directors: Scott Graham and Eddie Kay. Choreography: Payal Kadakia. Scenic Design: Tim Hatley. Costume Design: Aneeth Arora and Himanshu Shani. Lighting Design: Arghya Lahiri. Sound Design: Scott Lehrer. Orchestrations: Jamshied Sharifi. Music Direction: Julie McBride. Stage Manager: Candice Wilson. Production Manager: OranJuice. Producer: Rahul Chitella. Photographs Courtesy: Mirabai Films. Co-Directed by: Mira Nair and Nikhil Mehta.

 

WOYZECK

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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: Deepa Dharmadhikari. Production Manager: Mukesh Gupta. Lighting Programmer and Operator: Arun Jindal. Sound Design: Dhruv Rai. Associate Scenic Design: Vanya Vaishnavi. Poster Design: Nadia Shervani. Front of House: Tanya Malik. Set Construction: Anil Sharma. Lead Electrician: Ashok Kumar. Photography: Nayantara Parikh. Directed by: Nikhil Mehta.

 

THE SHAKUNTALA PROJECT

The Shakuntala Project
The Shakuntala Project

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The Shakuntala Project
The Shakuntala Project

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The Shakuntala Project
The Shakuntala Project

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The Shakuntala Project
The Shakuntala Project

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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: Deepa Dharmadhikari. Scenic Design: Brittany Vasta. Original Music: Jahn Sood and Brian Cavanagh-Strong. Production Manager: Mukesh Gupta. Poster Design: Nadia Shervani. Marketing: Crow. Lighting Operator: Arun Jindal. Sound Operator: Dhruv Rai. Camera Operator: Ariella Blank and Debjit Banerjee. Stage Manager: Shruti Sunder. Photography: Nayantara Parikh. Directed by: Nikhil Mehta.

 

KARKHANA

Karkhana
Karkhana

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Karkhana

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Based on 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: Deepa Dharmadhikari. Lighting Assistant and Operation: Gopal Verma. Scenic and Costume Design: Portia Elmer. Dramaturgy: Promona Sengupta and Amanda Culp. Stage Manager: Tanya Malik. Production Manager: Mukesh Gupta. Publicity Stills: Manu Sharma. Sound Operator: Anuja Singh. Graphics: Soumya Parker. Photography: Nayantara Parikh. Directed by: Nikhil Mehta.