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Artists from across the globe are all set to treat Delhiites to puppetry

art and culture Updated: Jan 26, 2010 19:48 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

A unique collaboration of dancers, actors and puppeteers will kickstart a new wave of puppet theatre in the Capital with the Ishara International Puppet festival. Artists from across the world will be in town to showcase a range of traditional and contemporary performances — from Rajasthani and Brazilian to Italian puppetry, audiences will be treated to a diverse range of acts.

The festival, which is in its eighth year, starts today with Dre: Three. An act that creates layered conversations about power, life and death, it’s conceived and choreographed by Sudesh Adhana in collaboration with puppeteer Dadi Pudumjee and kathak dancer Aditi Mangaldas. The act, which is based on the Mahabharata, provokes the audience to revisit the myth related to war in their own terms and contexts.

“As performers, we are pushing the envelope beyond fixed forms and cultures. The idea is to create an open-ended dialogue in order to trigger something in our collective memories and imaginations,” says Sudesh Adhana, a Norway-based modern dancer.

Also a part of this festival is Animals from Brazil, a show that depicts the richness of the Brazilian jungle using inflatable puppets, music and choreography. The festival will also host a three-day workshop on dramaturgy on puppet theatre, which will be conducted by renowned Swedish puppeteer Michael Meschke. “Puppetry in India is one of the richest and oldest traditional art forms and we see new trends evolving. Through this festival, we try to bring different forms of puppet theatre to India,” says festival curator Dadi Pudumjee.

When January 27-28 and February 11-18. For tickets & venues, contact 011-43663090