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Get ready for a gala theatrical affair

india Updated: Jan 04, 2007 13:56 IST
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It’s good news for theatre enthusiasts in the Capital as Theatre Utsav 2007 — the 9th Bharat Rang Mahotsav organised by National School of Drama is all set to open at Siri Fort Auditorium on Saturday.

The opening performance is by Sasha Waltz, the celebrated dancer and choreographer from Germany.

This year, a whopping number of 52 productions are being presented in the festival, out of which 13 are from different countries such as Australia, Bangladesh, China, Germany, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Nepal, Pakistan, Poland, Sri Lanka, Switzerland and Uzbekistan.                                                     

A still from Miss Julie, Zhou Shen's play in Chinese.

The specialty of this year’s festival is that theatre has been fused with dance and acrobatics “in order to address the aesthetic concerns of reality”.

Says NSD chairperson Amal Allana, “It requires a lot of effort to arrange a festival of this magnitude. We have concentrated on contemporary theatre.”

The Theatre Utsav will also focus on contemporary theatre’s negotiations with the classics. ‘Revisited’ classics — re-interpretation of the works of Kalidasa, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Ibsen and others — form a significant part of the show.

A Chinese Miss Julie, a Kannada O Lear, an Iranian replay of Julius Caesar displays the multicultural encounter with the classics.

The festival has an equally varied selection of major works by contemporary writers such as Dario Fo, Oh Tae Suk, Nagmeh Samini and Mahesh Elkunchwar.

As Devendra Raj Ankur, director of NSD, says, “The idea is to showcase the best of Indian theatre at one place. It will give a clear idea of what has happened, is happening and will happen in the theatre field spanning a decade.” So get ready for the grand show — an amalgamation of theatre, dance and acrobatics in a classical way!

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