The bigger, the better: It's time for a colossal cultural extravaganza

  • Subuhi Parvez, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 03, 2014 17:54 IST

Delhi International Arts Festival (DIAF) has finally hit the Capital with its one-of-a-kind acts.

After a grand opening, it's time for a bigger cultural extravaganza. From a long list of international artists, we spoke with Israeli dance group- Maria Kong and the Czech Republic theatre group Mimi Fortunae about what's in store for their Indian fans.

Artists from the Maria Kong group in a still from one of their performances

"Every performance has a unique, tailor-made experience. Whilst rehearsing for this show, we are exploring and discovering new ways of expression and communication between our cultures (Israel and India). We direct our energies for the audience to have an unforgettable and magical experience," says Talia Landa, artistic director of Maria Kong.

The group will perform Open Source- a theatrical dance experience, using wireless digital gloves technology developed by their own team. The event, which is in collaboration with Hindustan Times, has some serious fans who are eagerly looking forward to their favourite performances. Akansha Garg, 21-year-old DU student, says: "I was enchanted to see the international artists on Day One. I think it's an unusual experience."

Mimi Fortunae, the dance-theatre group, has people already waiting for it's breathtaking performance. The troupe has already performed a couple of times in India.

"We do an eclectic combination of dance and dramatics to evoke a wide range of emotions as portrayed like stories-in-motion. May be that is the reason that our production is accessible to all types of audiences," says Hana Smicková-Látalová, group director.

"I managed to catch a glimpse of their show last time when they had come to India. I'm really excited this time," says Anurag Bose, 23.

Catch it live
What: Maria Kong and Mimi Fortunae- DIAF
Where: Kamani and FICCI Auditorium
When: November 4 and 5
Timings: 7pm onwards

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