The Park’s New Festival (2015)

About The Festival

The Prakriti Foundation and The Park Hotels, have creativity and innovation ingrained in our collective DNA and we draw from myriad cultural and global influences to create a landscape that is illustrative of contemporary India. The Park’s New Festival, curated by Prakriti Foundation, is a platform to showcase Indian and International artistes of both classical and experimental art genres. The festival presents a, exemplary line-up of artists and an amalgamation of classical and contemporary dance, music, theatre, literature and more! A pioneer in this space, The Park’s New Festival is India’s only private national performing arts festival.

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The artists performing in the festival present their art pieces in 6 cities around the country – at Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi and Hyderabad. The festival is a means of looking at the performing arts from a fresh perspective and understanding their very essence. The meticulously curated list of artists are great ambassadors of their respective arts forms and present resplendent performances, enthralling audiences across all 6 cities.

In the last eight years, we have presented stellar performances by artists of global repute, such as Shankar Tucker, D’Lo, Maya Krishna Rao, Dr. Mallika Sarabhai, Vayu Naidu Company (U.K.), Preethi Athreya, Dr. Rekha Tandon (Bhubaneshwar), Ramu Ramanathan, Probal Gupta, H.R. Britton (U.S.A), Ben Riepe (Germany), Padmini Chettur, Zuleikha Allana, Jaimini Pathak, Anusha Lall, Vidur Kapur, Park Hong Ki (Korea), Avant Garde Dance Company (U.K.), Azeem Banatwalla, Filter Coffee and Jyoti Dogra, among others.

This year, we continue to unveil artists who have carved a niche for themselves and their respective art forms across the globe. Our powerful line-up for the ninth edition of the festival encompasses – a Kathak and Flamenco fusion in ‘TOROBAKA’, by renowned dancers Akram Khan and Israel Galvan; ‘EnFlightenment’, a devised piece of physical comedy by Rupesh Tillu; ‘The Colliding World’s Project’, a 90-minute musical journey by Aditya Prakash Ensemble, the Los Angeles based music group and the book launch of ‘Until the Lions’, written by Karthika Nair.

The festival also featured workshops and lectures conducted by Akram Khan in all 6 cities where he is performing. These workshops were conducted in collaboration with Kalakshetra, Rhythmosaic, The Danceworx, Annapurna Studios, Attakkalari Centre and Terence Lewis Inc.


Schedule

This six-city festival took place from 20th September - 14th October, 2015. The six-city tours: Chennai (20-24 September), Hyderabad (25-28 September), Bangalore (29 September-2 October), Kolkata (3-6 October), Mumbai (7-9 October) and  New Delhi (10-14 October). For further details regarding the venue, time and synopsis of the various performances on each day, kindly select the date from the drop-down menu.


20-09-2015

Until the Lions – Book Launch
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Alliance Francaise of Madras, Library

Book Launch of author Karthika Nair’s latest work, ‘Until The Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata’, a retelling of the Indian epic, Mahabharata, through multiple voices. This collection of poems captures the epic through the lenses of nameless soldiers, outcast warriors and handmaidens and also abducted princesses, tribal queens and a gender-shifting God. As peripheral figures and silent catalysts take center stage, we get a glimpse of the lives and stories that get buried beneath the edifices of God and nation, heroes and victory - of the price paid for myth and history, all too often interchangeable. The launch at Chennai featured an engaging conversation regarding the book between Karthika and noted Indian writer, Sharanya Manivannan.


22-09-2015

AP Ensemble – The Colliding Worlds Project
Time: 08:00 PM Venue: Sansara Hall, The Park Chennai

Performance by an ensemble of artists – Aditya Prakash on vocals; Julian Le on Piano; Jonah Levine on Trombone and Piano; Jake Jamieson on Drums; Mahesh Swamy on Flute, Morsing and Kannakol; and Praveen Kumar on Percussion. The Colliding Worlds Project is a 90-minute musical journey, which engages the viewer in an exciting musical dialogue between Indian classical and folk, jazz and hip-hop. AP Ensemble features refreshingly contemporary arrangements of classical compositions, bhajans and Bollywood classics, along with original compositions interwoven with thrilling improvisational exchanges. With the increasing cross-cultural influences between the South Asian (particularly Bollywood music) and American (particularly jazz and hip-hop) diaspora, there has been a growing interest in audiences of both countries to witness an amalgamation of both types of music. However, the exposure to authentic jazz and hip-hop musicians, who have been trained by master artists is quite minimal in India. This performance was a wonderful opportunity for audiences to witness the distinct, dynamic and unified soundscape of the ensemble, ushering in of a new era of musical collaboration between the East and the West.


23-09-2015

EnFlightenment by Rupesh Tillu
Time: 08:00 PM Venue: Sansara Hall, The Park Chennai

A one-man show with twenty characters, taking viewers on a roller coaster ride of cathartic moments, in a duration of seventy-five minutes. The viewers followed Mr. R on a journey around the world, in search of himself. Questions such as ‘what is a ‘self?’, ‘Are you in control of your own life?’, ‘Or are you just a building block in a system?’, ‘who is really running the world?’, ‘Are the Gods capable of giving Mr. R an answer?’ are dealt with in the performance. Based on performer Rupesh Tillu‘s self-experienced stories, viewers follow Mr. R crossing borders, into the most inner space of a prison cell, deep down under water to meet the world of the subconscious and out in space to defy the gravity of patterns. A allegoric physical comedy comprising miming, magic, movement and music, inspired from the true events of Tillu's flight odyssey in the past 10 years of four continents; the performance induces the viewers to draw their own conclusions to the aforementioned questions. Performed by Rupesh Tillu, directed by Ulf Evren, Music by Karthik Ramaswamy (Onstage musician), Devised by Rupesh Tillu & Ulf Evren and Light design by Asmit Pathare.


24-09-2015

Torobaka
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Sir Muthu Venkata Subbarao Auditorium, Chennai

A duet performance by Akram Khan and Israel Galvan, Torobaka is a beautifully put together fusion between two seemingly different dance forms – the Indian Kathak and the Spanish Flamenco – which has crossed all frontiers to merge together and bring out the best of two cultures, geographically far apart. Akram and Israel blend their respective dancing styles to deliver a performance meant to serve as a means of understanding dance. Inspired by Toto-cava, a Maori based phonetic poem by Trista Tzara, Torokaba literally stands for the bull (toro) and cow (vaca), sacred animals in the dancers’ respective traditions, both united in an unconstrained Dadaist poem. For Akram and Israel, the essence of Torobaka is dancing without compromise, where every part of the body is expressive, movements are read and they have a function. This seamless amalgamation of functional movements is meant to be simultaneously perceived by the audience as art. Created and Performed by Israel Galvan and Akram Khan, Music Arranged and Performed by David Azurza, B C Manjunath, Bernhard Schimpelsberger, Bobote and Christine Leboutte, Lighting Designer - Michael Hulls, Costume Designer - Kimie Nakano, Sound by Pedro Leon, Rehearsal Director - Jose Agudo, Production Coordinator - Amapola Lopez, Production Manager - Sander Loonen, Technical Coordinator - Pablo Pujol, Lighting by Stephane Dejours, Tour Manager - Amapola Lopez, Produced by Farooq Chaudhry & Bia Oliveira (Khan Chaudhry Productions) and Chema Blanco & Cisco Casado (A Negro Producciones).


25-09-2015

AP Ensemble – The Colliding Worlds Project
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: ODC, The Park Hyderabad

Performance by an ensemble of artists – Aditya Prakash on vocals; Julian Le on Piano; Jonah Levine on Trombone and Piano; Jake Jamieson on Drums; Mahesh Swamy on Flute, Morsing and Kannakol; and Praveen Kumar on Percussion. The Colliding Worlds Project is a 90-minute musical journey, which engages the viewer in an exciting musical dialogue between Indian classical and folk, jazz and hip-hop. AP Ensemble features refreshingly contemporary arrangements of classical compositions, bhajans and Bollywood classics, along with original compositions interwoven with thrilling improvisational exchanges. With the increasing cross-cultural influences between the South Asian (particularly Bollywood music) and American (particularly jazz and hip-hop) diaspora, there has been a growing interest in audiences of both countries to witness an amalgamation of both types of music. However, the exposure to authentic jazz and hip-hop musicians, who have been trained by master artists is quite minimal in India. This performance was a wonderful opportunity for audiences to witness the distinct, dynamic and unified soundscape of the ensemble, ushering in of a new era of musical collaboration between the East and the West.


26-09-2015

EnFlightenment by Rupesh Tillu
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: ODC, The Park Hyderabad

A one-man show with twenty characters, taking viewers on a roller coaster ride of cathartic moments, in a duration of seventy-five minutes. The viewers followed Mr. R on a journey around the world, in search of himself. Questions such as ‘what is a ‘self?’, ‘Are you in control of your own life?’, ‘Or are you just a building block in a system?’, ‘who is really running the world?’, ‘Are the Gods capable of giving Mr. R an answer?’ are dealt with in the performance. Based on performer Rupesh Tillu‘s self-experienced stories, viewers follow Mr. R crossing borders, into the most inner space of a prison cell, deep down under water to meet the world of the subconscious and out in space to defy the gravity of patterns. A allegoric physical comedy comprising miming, magic, movement and music, inspired from the true events of Tillu's flight odyssey in the past 10 years of four continents; the performance induces the viewers to draw their own conclusions to the aforementioned questions. Performed by Rupesh Tillu, directed by Ulf Evren, Music by Karthik Ramaswamy (Onstage musician), Devised by Rupesh Tillu & Ulf Evren and Light design by Asmit Pathare.


27-09-2015

Torobaka
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Shilpa Kala Vedika, Hyderabad

A duet performance by Akram Khan and Israel Galvan, Torobaka is a beautifully put together fusion between two seemingly different dance forms – the Indian Kathak and the Spanish Flamenco – which has crossed all frontiers to merge together and bring out the best of two cultures, geographically far apart. Akram and Israel blend their respective dancing styles to deliver a performance meant to serve as a means of understanding dance. Inspired by Toto-cava, a Maori based phonetic poem by Trista Tzara, Torokaba literally stands for the bull (toro) and cow (vaca), sacred animals in the dancers’ respective traditions, both united in an unconstrained Dadaist poem. For Akram and Israel, the essence of Torobaka is dancing without compromise, where every part of the body is expressive, movements are read and they have a function. This seamless amalgamation of functional movements is meant to be simultaneously perceived by the audience as art. Created and Performed by Israel Galvan and Akram Khan, Music Arranged and Performed by David Azurza, B C Manjunath, Bernhard Schimpelsberger, Bobote and Christine Leboutte, Lighting Designer - Michael Hulls, Costume Designer - Kimie Nakano, Sound by Pedro Leon, Rehearsal Director - Jose Agudo, Production Coordinator - Amapola Lopez, Production Manager - Sander Loonen, Technical Coordinator - Pablo Pujol, Lighting by Stephane Dejours, Tour Manager - Amapola Lopez, Produced by Farooq Chaudhry & Bia Oliveira (Khan Chaudhry Productions) and Chema Blanco & Cisco Casado (A Negro Producciones).


28-09-2015

Until the Lions – Book Launch
Time: 04:00 PM Venue: School of Humanities Auditorium, Central University Campus, Hyderabad

Book Launch of author Karthika Nair’s latest work, ‘Until The Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata’, a retelling of the Indian epic, Mahabharata, through multiple voices. This collection of poems captures the epic through the lenses of nameless soldiers, outcast warriors and handmaidens and also abducted princesses, tribal queens and a gender-shifting God. As peripheral figures and silent catalysts take center stage, we get a glimpse of the lives and stories that get buried beneath the edifices of God and nation, heroes and victory - of the price paid for myth and history, all too often interchangeable. The launch at Hyderabad featured a conversation regarding the book between Karthika and popular poet, essayist and photographer, Sridala Swami.


29-09-2015

Until the Lions – Book Launch
Time: 06:30 PM Venue: Oxford Book Store, Bangalore

Book Launch of author Karthika Nair’s latest work, ‘Until The Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata’, a retelling of the Indian epic, Mahabharata, through multiple voices. This collection of poems captures the epic through the lenses of nameless soldiers, outcast warriors and handmaidens and also abducted princesses, tribal queens and a gender-shifting God. As peripheral figures and silent catalysts take center stage, we get a glimpse of the lives and stories that get buried beneath the edifices of God and nation, heroes and victory - of the price paid for myth and history, all too often interchangeable. The launch at Bangalore featured a conversation regarding the book between Karthika and renowned translator, facilitator, author and director, Arshia Sattar.


30-09-2015

Torobaka
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore

A duet performance by Akram Khan and Israel Galvan, Torobaka is a beautifully put together fusion between two seemingly different dance forms – the Indian Kathak and the Spanish Flamenco – which has crossed all frontiers to merge together and bring out the best of two cultures, geographically far apart. Akram and Israel blend their respective dancing styles to deliver a performance meant to serve as a means of understanding dance. Inspired by Toto-cava, a Maori based phonetic poem by Trista Tzara, Torokaba literally stands for the bull (toro) and cow (vaca), sacred animals in the dancers’ respective traditions, both united in an unconstrained Dadaist poem. For Akram and Israel, the essence of Torobaka is dancing without compromise, where every part of the body is expressive, movements are read and they have a function. This seamless amalgamation of functional movements is meant to be simultaneously perceived by the audience as art. Created and Performed by Israel Galvan and Akram Khan, Music Arranged and Performed by David Azurza, B C Manjunath, Bernhard Schimpelsberger, Bobote and Christine Leboutte, Lighting Designer - Michael Hulls, Costume Designer - Kimie Nakano, Sound by Pedro Leon, Rehearsal Director - Jose Agudo, Production Coordinator - Amapola Lopez, Production Manager - Sander Loonen, Technical Coordinator - Pablo Pujol, Lighting by Stephane Dejours, Tour Manager - Amapola Lopez, Produced by Farooq Chaudhry & Bia Oliveira (Khan Chaudhry Productions) and Chema Blanco & Cisco Casado (A Negro Producciones).


01-10-2015

EnFlightenment by Rupesh Tillu
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Oak Room, The Park Bangalore

A one-man show with twenty characters, taking viewers on a roller coaster ride of cathartic moments, in a duration of seventy-five minutes. The viewers followed Mr. R on a journey around the world, in search of himself. Questions such as ‘what is a ‘self?’, ‘Are you in control of your own life?’, ‘Or are you just a building block in a system?’, ‘who is really running the world?’, ‘Are the Gods capable of giving Mr. R an answer?’ are dealt with in the performance. Based on performer Rupesh Tillu‘s self-experienced stories, viewers follow Mr. R crossing borders, into the most inner space of a prison cell, deep down under water to meet the world of the subconscious and out in space to defy the gravity of patterns. A allegoric physical comedy comprising miming, magic, movement and music, inspired from the true events of Tillu's flight odyssey in the past 10 years of four continents; the performance induces the viewers to draw their own conclusions to the aforementioned questions. Performed by Rupesh Tillu, directed by Ulf Evren, Music by Karthik Ramaswamy (Onstage musician), Devised by Rupesh Tillu & Ulf Evren and Light design by Asmit Pathare.


02-10-2015

AP Ensemble – The Colliding Worlds Project
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Oak Room, The Park Bangalore

Performance by an ensemble of artists – Aditya Prakash on vocals; Julian Le on Piano; Jonah Levine on Trombone and Piano; Jake Jamieson on Drums; Mahesh Swamy on Flute, Morsing and Kannakol; and Praveen Kumar on Percussion. The Colliding Worlds Project is a 90-minute musical journey, which engages the viewer in an exciting musical dialogue between Indian classical and folk, jazz and hip-hop. AP Ensemble features refreshingly contemporary arrangements of classical compositions, bhajans and Bollywood classics, along with original compositions interwoven with thrilling improvisational exchanges. With the increasing cross-cultural influences between the South Asian (particularly Bollywood music) and American (particularly jazz and hip-hop) diaspora, there has been a growing interest in audiences of both countries to witness an amalgamation of both types of music. However, the exposure to authentic jazz and hip-hop musicians, who have been trained by master artists is quite minimal in India. This performance was a wonderful opportunity for audiences to witness the distinct, dynamic and unified soundscape of the ensemble, ushering in of a new era of musical collaboration between the East and the West.


03-10-2015

EnFlightenment by Rupesh Tillu
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Galaxy, The Park Kolkata

A one-man show with twenty characters, taking viewers on a roller coaster ride of cathartic moments, in a duration of seventy-five minutes. The viewers followed Mr. R on a journey around the world, in search of himself. Questions such as ‘what is a ‘self?’, ‘Are you in control of your own life?’, ‘Or are you just a building block in a system?’, ‘who is really running the world?’, ‘Are the Gods capable of giving Mr. R an answer?’ are dealt with in the performance. Based on performer Rupesh Tillu‘s self-experienced stories, viewers follow Mr. R crossing borders, into the most inner space of a prison cell, deep down under water to meet the world of the subconscious and out in space to defy the gravity of patterns. A allegoric physical comedy comprising miming, magic, movement and music, inspired from the true events of Tillu's flight odyssey in the past 10 years of four continents; the performance induces the viewers to draw their own conclusions to the aforementioned questions. Performed by Rupesh Tillu, directed by Ulf Evren, Music by Karthik Ramaswamy (Onstage musician), Devised by Rupesh Tillu & Ulf Evren and Light design by Asmit Pathare.


04-10-2015

Torobaka
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Kala Mandir Auditorium, Kolkata

A duet performance by Akram Khan and Israel Galvan, Torobaka is a beautifully put together fusion between two seemingly different dance forms – the Indian Kathak and the Spanish Flamenco – which has crossed all frontiers to merge together and bring out the best of two cultures, geographically far apart. Akram and Israel blend their respective dancing styles to deliver a performance meant to serve as a means of understanding dance. Inspired by Toto-cava, a Maori based phonetic poem by Trista Tzara, Torokaba literally stands for the bull (toro) and cow (vaca), sacred animals in the dancers’ respective traditions, both united in an unconstrained Dadaist poem. For Akram and Israel, the essence of Torobaka is dancing without compromise, where every part of the body is expressive, movements are read and they have a function. This seamless amalgamation of functional movements is meant to be simultaneously perceived by the audience as art. Created and Performed by Israel Galvan and Akram Khan, Music Arranged and Performed by David Azurza, B C Manjunath, Bernhard Schimpelsberger, Bobote and Christine Leboutte, Lighting Designer - Michael Hulls, Costume Designer - Kimie Nakano, Sound by Pedro Leon, Rehearsal Director - Jose Agudo, Production Coordinator - Amapola Lopez, Production Manager - Sander Loonen, Technical Coordinator - Pablo Pujol, Lighting by Stephane Dejours, Tour Manager - Amapola Lopez, Produced by Farooq Chaudhry & Bia Oliveira (Khan Chaudhry Productions) and Chema Blanco & Cisco Casado (A Negro Producciones).


05-10-2015

AP Ensemble – The Colliding Worlds Project
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Galaxy, The Park Kolkata

Performance by an ensemble of artists – Aditya Prakash on vocals; Julian Le on Piano; Jonah Levine on Trombone and Piano; Jake Jamieson on Drums; Mahesh Swamy on Flute, Morsing and Kannakol; and Praveen Kumar on Percussion. The Colliding Worlds Project is a 90-minute musical journey, which engages the viewer in an exciting musical dialogue between Indian classical and folk, jazz and hip-hop. AP Ensemble features refreshingly contemporary arrangements of classical compositions, bhajans and Bollywood classics, along with original compositions interwoven with thrilling improvisational exchanges. With the increasing cross-cultural influences between the South Asian (particularly Bollywood music) and American (particularly jazz and hip-hop) diaspora, there has been a growing interest in audiences of both countries to witness an amalgamation of both types of music. However, the exposure to authentic jazz and hip-hop musicians, who have been trained by master artists is quite minimal in India. This performance was a wonderful opportunity for audiences to witness the distinct, dynamic and unified soundscape of the ensemble, ushering in of a new era of musical collaboration between the East and the West.


06-10-2015

Until the Lions – Book Launch
Time: 06:30 PM Venue: Oxford Book Store, Kolkata

Book Launch of author Karthika Nair’s latest work, ‘Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata’, a retelling of the Indian epic, Mahabharata, through multiple voices. This collection of poems captures the epic through the lenses of nameless soldiers, outcast warriors and handmaidens and also abducted princesses, tribal queens and a gender-shifting God. As peripheral figures and silent catalysts take center stage, we get a glimpse of the lives and stories that get buried beneath the edifices of God and nation, heroes and victory - of the price paid for myth and history, all too often interchangeable. The launch at Kolkata featured a conversation regarding the book between Karthika and Aveek Sen, associate editor (editorial pages) of The Telegraph (Calcutta).


07-10-2015

Until the Lions – Book Launch
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Oxford Book Store, Mumbai

Book Launch of author Karthika Nair’s latest work, ‘Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata’, a retelling of the Indian epic, Mahabharata, through multiple voices. This collection of poems captures the epic through the lenses of nameless soldiers, outcast warriors and handmaidens and also abducted princesses, tribal queens and a gender-shifting God. As peripheral figures and silent catalysts take center stage, we get a glimpse of the lives and stories that get buried beneath the edifices of God and nation, heroes and victory - of the price paid for myth and history, all too often interchangeable.


07-10-2015

EnFlightenment by Rupesh Tillu
Time: 07:30 PM Venue: Rosewood, The Park Mumbai

A one-man show with twenty characters, taking viewers on a roller coaster ride of cathartic moments, in a duration of seventy-five minutes. The viewers followed Mr. R on a journey around the world, in search of himself. Questions such as ‘what is a ‘self?’, ‘Are you in control of your own life?’, ‘Or are you just a building block in a system?’, ‘who is really running the world?’, ‘Are the Gods capable of giving Mr. R an answer?’ are dealt with in the performance. Based on performer Rupesh Tillu‘s self-experienced stories, viewers follow Mr. R crossing borders, into the most inner space of a prison cell, deep down under water to meet the world of the subconscious and out in space to defy the gravity of patterns. A allegoric physical comedy comprising miming, magic, movement and music, inspired from the true events of Tillu's flight odyssey in the past 10 years of four continents; the performance induces the viewers to draw their own conclusions to the aforementioned questions. Performed by Rupesh Tillu, directed by Ulf Evren, Music by Karthik Ramaswamy (Onstage musician), Devised by Rupesh Tillu & Ulf Evren and Light design by Asmit Pathare.


07-10-2015

AP Ensemble – The Colliding Worlds Project
Time: 09:30 PM Venue: Blue Frog, Mumbai

Performance by an ensemble of artists – Aditya Prakash on vocals; Julian Le on Piano; Jonah Levine on Trombone and Piano; Jake Jamieson on Drums; Mahesh Swamy on Flute, Morsing and Kannakol; and Praveen Kumar on Percussion. The Colliding Worlds Project is a 90-minute musical journey, which engages the viewer in an exciting musical dialogue between Indian classical and folk, jazz and hip-hop. AP Ensemble features refreshingly contemporary arrangements of classical compositions, bhajans and Bollywood classics, along with original compositions interwoven with thrilling improvisational exchanges. With the increasing cross-cultural influences between the South Asian (particularly Bollywood music) and American (particularly jazz and hip-hop) diaspora, there has been a growing interest in audiences of both countries to witness an amalgamation of both types of music. However, the exposure to authentic jazz and hip-hop musicians, who have been trained by master artists is quite minimal in India. This performance was a wonderful opportunity for audiences to witness the distinct, dynamic and unified soundscape of the ensemble, ushering in of a new era of musical collaboration between the East and the West.


08-10-2015

Torobaka
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Jamshed Bhaba Theatre – NCPA Mumbai

A duet performance by Akram Khan and Israel Galvan, Torobaka is a beautifully put together fusion between two seemingly different dance forms – the Indian Kathak and the Spanish Flamenco – which has crossed all frontiers to merge together and bring out the best of two cultures, geographically far apart. Akram and Israel blend their respective dancing styles to deliver a performance meant to serve as a means of understanding dance. Inspired by Toto-cava, a Maori based phonetic poem by Trista Tzara, Torokaba literally stands for the bull (toro) and cow (vaca), sacred animals in the dancers’ respective traditions, both united in an unconstrained Dadaist poem. For Akram and Israel, the essence of Torobaka is dancing without compromise, where every part of the body is expressive, movements are read and they have a function. This seamless amalgamation of functional movements is meant to be simultaneously perceived by the audience as art. Created and Performed by Israel Galvan and Akram Khan, Music Arranged and Performed by David Azurza, B C Manjunath, Bernhard Schimpelsberger, Bobote and Christine Leboutte, Lighting Designer - Michael Hulls, Costume Designer - Kimie Nakano, Sound by Pedro Leon, Rehearsal Director - Jose Agudo, Production Coordinator - Amapola Lopez, Production Manager - Sander Loonen, Technical Coordinator - Pablo Pujol, Lighting by Stephane Dejours, Tour Manager - Amapola Lopez, Produced by Farooq Chaudhry & Bia Oliveira (Khan Chaudhry Productions) and Chema Blanco & Cisco Casado (A Negro Producciones).


08-10-2015

Torobaka
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Jamshed Bhaba Theatre – NCPA Mumbai

A duet performance by Akram Khan and Israel Galvan, Torobaka is a beautifully put together fusion between two seemingly different dance forms – the Indian Kathak and the Spanish Flamenco – which has crossed all frontiers to merge together and bring out the best of two cultures, geographically far apart. Akram and Israel blend their respective dancing styles to deliver a performance meant to serve as a means of understanding dance. Inspired by Toto-cava, a Maori based phonetic poem by Trista Tzara, Torokaba literally stands for the bull (toro) and cow (vaca), sacred animals in the dancers’ respective traditions, both united in an unconstrained Dadaist poem. For Akram and Israel, the essence of Torobaka is dancing without compromise, where every part of the body is expressive, movements are read and they have a function. This seamless amalgamation of functional movements is meant to be simultaneously perceived by the audience as art. Created and Performed by Israel Galvan and Akram Khan, Music Arranged and Performed by David Azurza, B C Manjunath, Bernhard Schimpelsberger, Bobote and Christine Leboutte, Lighting Designer - Michael Hulls, Costume Designer - Kimie Nakano, Sound by Pedro Leon, Rehearsal Director - Jose Agudo, Production Coordinator - Amapola Lopez, Production Manager - Sander Loonen, Technical Coordinator - Pablo Pujol, Lighting by Stephane Dejours, Tour Manager - Amapola Lopez, Produced by Farooq Chaudhry & Bia Oliveira (Khan Chaudhry Productions) and Chema Blanco & Cisco Casado (A Negro Producciones).


09-10-2015

EnFlightenment by Rupesh Tillu
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Rangsharda Natya Mandir, Mumbai

A one-man show with twenty characters, taking viewers on a roller coaster ride of cathartic moments, in a duration of seventy-five minutes. The viewers followed Mr. R on a journey around the world, in search of himself. Questions such as ‘what is a ‘self?’, ‘Are you in control of your own life?’, ‘Or are you just a building block in a system?’, ‘who is really running the world?’, ‘Are the Gods capable of giving Mr. R an answer?’ are dealt with in the performance. Based on performer Rupesh Tillu‘s self-experienced stories, viewers follow Mr. R crossing borders, into the most inner space of a prison cell, deep down under water to meet the world of the subconscious and out in space to defy the gravity of patterns. A allegoric physical comedy comprising miming, magic, movement and music, inspired from the true events of Tillu's flight odyssey in the past 10 years of four continents; the performance induces the viewers to draw their own conclusions to the aforementioned questions. Performed by Rupesh Tillu, directed by Ulf Evren, Music by Karthik Ramaswamy (Onstage musician), Devised by Rupesh Tillu & Ulf Evren and Light design by Asmit Pathare.


10-10-2015

EnFlightenment by Rupesh Tillu
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Mantra, The Park New Delhi

A one-man show with twenty characters, taking viewers on a roller coaster ride of cathartic moments, in a duration of seventy-five minutes. The viewers followed Mr. R on a journey around the world, in search of himself. Questions such as ‘what is a ‘self?’, ‘Are you in control of your own life?’, ‘Or are you just a building block in a system?’, ‘who is really running the world?’, ‘Are the Gods capable of giving Mr. R an answer?’ are dealt with in the performance. Based on performer Rupesh Tillu‘s self-experienced stories, viewers follow Mr. R crossing borders, into the most inner space of a prison cell, deep down under water to meet the world of the subconscious and out in space to defy the gravity of patterns. A allegoric physical comedy comprising miming, magic, movement and music, inspired from the true events of Tillu's flight odyssey in the past 10 years of four continents; the performance induces the viewers to draw their own conclusions to the aforementioned questions. Performed by Rupesh Tillu, directed by Ulf Evren, Music by Karthik Ramaswamy (Onstage musician), Devised by Rupesh Tillu & Ulf Evren and Light design by Asmit Pathare.


11-10-2015

AP Ensemble – The Colliding Worlds Project
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Mantra, The Park New Delhi

Performance by an ensemble of artists – Aditya Prakash on vocals; Julian Le on Piano; Jonah Levine on Trombone and Piano; Jake Jamieson on Drums; Mahesh Swamy on Flute, Morsing and Kannakol; and Praveen Kumar on Percussion. The Colliding Worlds Project is a 90-minute musical journey, which engages the viewer in an exciting musical dialogue between Indian classical and folk, jazz and hip-hop. AP Ensemble features refreshingly contemporary arrangements of classical compositions, bhajans and Bollywood classics, along with original compositions interwoven with thrilling improvisational exchanges. With the increasing cross-cultural influences between the South Asian (particularly Bollywood music) and American (particularly jazz and hip-hop) diaspora, there has been a growing interest in audiences of both countries to witness an amalgamation of both types of music. However, the exposure to authentic jazz and hip-hop musicians, who have been trained by master artists is quite minimal in India. This performance was a wonderful opportunity for audiences to witness the distinct, dynamic and unified soundscape of the ensemble, ushering in of a new era of musical collaboration between the East and the West.


12-10-2015

Torobaka
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi

A duet performance by Akram Khan and Israel Galvan, Torobaka is a beautifully put together fusion between two seemingly different dance forms – the Indian Kathak and the Spanish Flamenco – which has crossed all frontiers to merge together and bring out the best of two cultures, geographically far apart. Akram and Israel blend their respective dancing styles to deliver a performance meant to serve as a means of understanding dance. Inspired by Toto-cava, a Maori based phonetic poem by Trista Tzara, Torokaba literally stands for the bull (toro) and cow (vaca), sacred animals in the dancers’ respective traditions, both united in an unconstrained Dadaist poem. For Akram and Israel, the essence of Torobaka is dancing without compromise, where every part of the body is expressive, movements are read and they have a function. This seamless amalgamation of functional movements is meant to be simultaneously perceived by the audience as art. Created and Performed by Israel Galvan and Akram Khan, Music Arranged and Performed by David Azurza, B C Manjunath, Bernhard Schimpelsberger, Bobote and Christine Leboutte, Lighting Designer - Michael Hulls, Costume Designer - Kimie Nakano, Sound by Pedro Leon, Rehearsal Director - Jose Agudo, Production Coordinator - Amapola Lopez, Production Manager - Sander Loonen, Technical Coordinator - Pablo Pujol, Lighting by Stephane Dejours, Tour Manager - Amapola Lopez, Produced by Farooq Chaudhry & Bia Oliveira (Khan Chaudhry Productions) and Chema Blanco & Cisco Casado (A Negro Producciones).


13-10-2015

Torobaka
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi

A duet performance by Akram Khan and Israel Galvan, Torobaka is a beautifully put together fusion between two seemingly different dance forms – the Indian Kathak and the Spanish Flamenco – which has crossed all frontiers to merge together and bring out the best of two cultures, geographically far apart. Akram and Israel blend their respective dancing styles to deliver a performance meant to serve as a means of understanding dance. Inspired by Toto-cava, a Maori based phonetic poem by Trista Tzara, Torokaba literally stands for the bull (toro) and cow (vaca), sacred animals in the dancers’ respective traditions, both united in an unconstrained Dadaist poem. For Akram and Israel, the essence of Torobaka is dancing without compromise, where every part of the body is expressive, movements are read and they have a function. This seamless amalgamation of functional movements is meant to be simultaneously perceived by the audience as art. Created and Performed by Israel Galvan and Akram Khan, Music Arranged and Performed by David Azurza, B C Manjunath, Bernhard Schimpelsberger, Bobote and Christine Leboutte, Lighting Designer - Michael Hulls, Costume Designer - Kimie Nakano, Sound by Pedro Leon, Rehearsal Director - Jose Agudo, Production Coordinator - Amapola Lopez, Production Manager - Sander Loonen, Technical Coordinator - Pablo Pujol, Lighting by Stephane Dejours, Tour Manager - Amapola Lopez, Produced by Farooq Chaudhry & Bia Oliveira (Khan Chaudhry Productions) and Chema Blanco & Cisco Casado (A Negro Producciones).


14-10-2015

Until the Lions – Book Launch
Time: 06:30 PM Venue: Oxford Book Store, New Delhi

Book Launch of author Karthika Nair’s latest work, ‘Until The Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata’, a retelling of the Indian epic, Mahabharata, through multiple voices. This collection of poems captures the epic through the lenses of nameless soldiers, outcast warriors and handmaidens and also abducted princesses, tribal queens and a gender-shifting God. As peripheral figures and silent catalysts take center stage, we get a glimpse of the lives and stories that get buried beneath the edifices of God and nation, heroes and victory - of the price paid for myth and history, all too often interchangeable. The launch at Delhi featured a conversation regarding the book between Karthika, fellow author Nilanjana S Roy and independent writer, critic and Mahabharata-obsessive, Jai Arjun Singh.


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