The Park’s New Festival (2017)

About The Festival

We at 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.

The Park's New Festival 2017

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 ten years, the festival has presented stellar performances by artists of global  repute such as, Akram Khan Dance Company, Shankar Tucker, Aditya Prakash Ensemble, Israel Galvan, D’Lo, Maya Krishna Rao, Dr. Mallika Sarabhai, Vayu Naidu Company (U.K.), Preethi Athreya, Rupesh Tillu, 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 and Park Hong Ki (Korea).

In the field of music, we had Roopa Mahadevan and her troupe. The classical and contemporary exist together in “Roopa In Flux – Essays” – musical stories and journeys.  Anu Menon (aka Lola Kutty) broke from tradition to do TAKE 35 – a new work commissioned especially for The Park’s New Festival. For Dance – we once again presented the winners of PECDA 2016 – Surjit Nongmeikapam’s group Nachom Arts Foundation, in Folktale. Also featured, were the top four finalists – Diya Naidu, Abhilash Ningappa, Parth Bharadwaj and Virieno Christina Zakiesato; whose works signified the contemporary dance scene in India today.


Schedule

This six-city festival took place from 1st - 21st September, 2017. The six-city tours: Chennai (1-3 September), New Delhi (5-7 September), Kolkata (8-10 September), Mumbai (12-14 September), Hyderabad (15-17 September) and Bangalore (19-21 September). November). 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.


01-09-2017

TAKE 35 by Anu Menon
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Sansara Hall, The Park Chennai

TAKE 35 traces the journey of a child actor into adulthood: her minor victories and major defeats...her complexes and complexities... her mutating family life, her escapism, her contradictions, her humour, her reality. She is every woman. With every woman problems. Anu Menon plays Baby Anamika, in her second coming, as she faces the arc lights, for one last hurrah. Perhaps. Maybe. Lets see. Director - Faezeh Jalali and Technical Director – Yael Crishna.


02-09-2017

Essays by Roopa In Flux
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Sansara Hall, The Park Chennai

Roopa In Flux is an ensemble of musical wanderers venturing beyond the established traditions that shaped them. Voice, violin, piano, and percussion band together for a sound unembarrassed of our lives as we live them. Each essay is a dice-throw, assembling unaccustomed words, techniques, volumes, and habits in the hope of creating new satisfactions, both for us and for you who are listening. Roopa Mahadevan on Vocal, Guy Mintus on Piano, Anjna Swaminathan on Violin and Rohan Krishnamurthy on Percussion.


03-09-2017

Five Contemporary Dance Performances
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Museum Theatre, Chennai

“Architect of Self Destruction” choreographed by Abhilash Ningappa, is about an experience of movement. It talks about space and self, in the same space. “F4”, the Fight-Flight-Freeze-Friendly Response, is a series of instinctive reactions that a person may experience when confronted with an external stress or stimulation, during a survival situation. The artist focuses on the responses of these instinctive reactions through her memory and breath. F4 is choreographed by Virieno Christina Zakiesato. “Urban Chaos” reflects on the state of disorder or pandemonium that grips our ever-expanding metro centers. This has been choreographed by Parth Bharadwaj. “Hands and Face Project” choreographed by Diya Naidu, explores the question - who or what are we afraid of, in the context of the Indian public space. The work was a sort of presentation of the artiste’s social experiment. Surjit Nongmeikapam, the winner of PECDA 2016, presented "Folktale”, which was an unconditional love story of the fruit lime and its performers.


05-09-2017

Essays by Roopa In Flux
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Mantra, The Park New Delhi

Roopa In Flux is an ensemble of musical wanderers venturing beyond the established traditions that shaped them. Voice, violin, piano, and percussion band together for a sound unembarrassed of our lives as we live them. Each essay is a dice-throw, assembling unaccustomed words, techniques, volumes, and habits in the hope of creating new satisfactions, both for us and for you who are listening. Roopa Mahadevan on Vocal, Guy Mintus on Piano, Anjna Swaminathan on Violin and Rohan Krishnamurthy on Percussion.


06-09-2017

TAKE 35 by Anu Menon
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Mantra, The Park New Delhi

TAKE 35 traces the journey of a child actor into adulthood: her minor victories and major defeats...her complexes and complexities... her mutating family life, her escapism, her contradictions, her humour, her reality. She is every woman. With every woman problems. Anu Menon plays Baby Anamika, in her second coming, as she faces the arc lights, for one last hurrah. Perhaps. Maybe. Lets see. Director - Faezeh Jalali and Technical Director – Yael Crishna.


03-09-2017

Five Contemporary Dance Performances
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Shri Ram Centre, New Delhi

“Architect of Self Destruction” choreographed by Abhilash Ningappa, is about an experience of movement. It talks about space and self, in the same space. “F4”, the Fight-Flight-Freeze-Friendly Response, is a series of instinctive reactions that a person may experience when confronted with an external stress or stimulation, during a survival situation. The artist focuses on the responses of these instinctive reactions through her memory and breath. F4 is choreographed by Virieno Christina Zakiesato. “Urban Chaos” reflects on the state of disorder or pandemonium that grips our ever-expanding metro centers. This has been choreographed by Parth Bharadwaj. “Hands and Face Project” choreographed by Diya Naidu, explores the question - who or what are we afraid of, in the context of the Indian public space. The work was a sort of presentation of the artiste’s social experiment. Surjit Nongmeikapam, the winner of PECDA 2016, presented "Folktale”, which was an unconditional love story of the fruit lime and its performers.


08-09-2017

Essays by Roopa In Flux
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Galaxy, The Park Kolkata

Roopa In Flux is an ensemble of musical wanderers venturing beyond the established traditions that shaped them. Voice, violin, piano, and percussion band together for a sound unembarrassed of our lives as we live them. Each essay is a dice-throw, assembling unaccustomed words, techniques, volumes, and habits in the hope of creating new satisfactions, both for us and for you who are listening. Roopa Mahadevan on Vocal, Guy Mintus on Piano, Anjna Swaminathan on Violin and Rohan Krishnamurthy on Percussion.


09-09-2017

Five Contemporary Dance Performances
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: ICCR Auditorium, Kolkata

“Architect of Self Destruction” choreographed by Abhilash Ningappa, is about an experience of movement. It talks about space and self, in the same space. “F4”, the Fight-Flight-Freeze-Friendly Response, is a series of instinctive reactions that a person may experience when confronted with an external stress or stimulation, during a survival situation. The artist focuses on the responses of these instinctive reactions through her memory and breath. F4 is choreographed by Virieno Christina Zakiesato. “Urban Chaos” reflects on the state of disorder or pandemonium that grips our ever-expanding metro centers. This has been choreographed by Parth Bharadwaj. “Hands and Face Project” choreographed by Diya Naidu, explores the question - who or what are we afraid of, in the context of the Indian public space. The work was a sort of presentation of the artiste’s social experiment. Surjit Nongmeikapam, the winner of PECDA 2016, presented "Folktale”, which was an unconditional love story of the fruit lime and its performers.


10-09-2017

TAKE 35 by Anu Menon
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Galaxy, The Park Kolkata

TAKE 35 traces the journey of a child actor into adulthood: her minor victories and major defeats...her complexes and complexities... her mutating family life, her escapism, her contradictions, her humour, her reality. She is every woman. With every woman problems. Anu Menon plays Baby Anamika, in her second coming, as she faces the arc lights, for one last hurrah. Perhaps. Maybe. Lets see. Director - Faezeh Jalali and Technical Director – Yael Crishna.


12-09-2017

Five Contemporary Dance Performances
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Sitara Studio, Mumbai

“Architect of Self Destruction” choreographed by Abhilash Ningappa, is about an experience of movement. It talks about space and self, in the same space. “F4”, the Fight-Flight-Freeze-Friendly Response, is a series of instinctive reactions that a person may experience when confronted with an external stress or stimulation, during a survival situation. The artist focuses on the responses of these instinctive reactions through her memory and breath. F4 is choreographed by Virieno Christina Zakiesato. “Urban Chaos” reflects on the state of disorder or pandemonium that grips our ever-expanding metro centers. This has been choreographed by Parth Bharadwaj. “Hands and Face Project” choreographed by Diya Naidu, explores the question - who or what are we afraid of, in the context of the Indian public space. The work was a sort of presentation of the artiste’s social experiment. Surjit Nongmeikapam, the winner of PECDA 2016, presented "Folktale”, which was an unconditional love story of the fruit lime and its performers.


13-09-2017

Essays by Roopa In Flux
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture, Mumbai

Roopa In Flux is an ensemble of musical wanderers venturing beyond the established traditions that shaped them. Voice, violin, piano, and percussion band together for a sound unembarrassed of our lives as we live them. Each essay is a dice-throw, assembling unaccustomed words, techniques, volumes, and habits in the hope of creating new satisfactions, both for us and for you who are listening. Roopa Mahadevan on Vocal, Guy Mintus on Piano, Anjna Swaminathan on Violin and Rohan Krishnamurthy on Percussion.


14-09-2017

TAKE 35 by Anu Menon
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture, Mumbai

TAKE 35 traces the journey of a child actor into adulthood: her minor victories and major defeats...her complexes and complexities... her mutating family life, her escapism, her contradictions, her humour, her reality. She is every woman. With every woman problems. Anu Menon plays Baby Anamika, in her second coming, as she faces the arc lights, for one last hurrah. Perhaps. Maybe. Lets see. Director - Faezeh Jalali and Technical Director – Yael Crishna.


15-09-2017

Five Contemporary Dance Performances
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Savitribai Phule Auditorium, University of Hyderabad

“Architect of Self Destruction” choreographed by Abhilash Ningappa, is about an experience of movement. It talks about space and self, in the same space. “F4”, the Fight-Flight-Freeze-Friendly Response, is a series of instinctive reactions that a person may experience when confronted with an external stress or stimulation, during a survival situation. The artist focuses on the responses of these instinctive reactions through her memory and breath. F4 is choreographed by Virieno Christina Zakiesato. “Urban Chaos” reflects on the state of disorder or pandemonium that grips our ever-expanding metro centers. This has been choreographed by Parth Bharadwaj. “Hands and Face Project” choreographed by Diya Naidu, explores the question - who or what are we afraid of, in the context of the Indian public space. The work was a sort of presentation of the artiste’s social experiment. Surjit Nongmeikapam, the winner of PECDA 2016, presented "Folktale”, which was an unconditional love story of the fruit lime and its performers.


16-09-2017

Essays by Roopa In Flux
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Kismet, The Park Hyderabad

Roopa In Flux is an ensemble of musical wanderers venturing beyond the established traditions that shaped them. Voice, violin, piano, and percussion band together for a sound unembarrassed of our lives as we live them. Each essay is a dice-throw, assembling unaccustomed words, techniques, volumes, and habits in the hope of creating new satisfactions, both for us and for you who are listening. Roopa Mahadevan on Vocal, Guy Mintus on Piano, Anjna Swaminathan on Violin and Rohan Krishnamurthy on Percussion.


17-09-2017

TAKE 35 by Anu Menon
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: Trillion Ball Room, The Park Hyderabad

TAKE 35 traces the journey of a child actor into adulthood: her minor victories and major defeats...her complexes and complexities... her mutating family life, her escapism, her contradictions, her humour, her reality. She is every woman. With every woman problems. Anu Menon plays Baby Anamika, in her second coming, as she faces the arc lights, for one last hurrah. Perhaps. Maybe. Lets see. Director - Faezeh Jalali and Technical Director – Yael Crishna.


19-09-2017

Five Contemporary Dance Performances
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: ADA Ranga Mandira, Bangalore

“Architect of Self Destruction” choreographed by Abhilash Ningappa, is about an experience of movement. It talks about space and self, in the same space. “F4”, the Fight-Flight-Freeze-Friendly Response, is a series of instinctive reactions that a person may experience when confronted with an external stress or stimulation, during a survival situation. The artist focuses on the responses of these instinctive reactions through her memory and breath. F4 is choreographed by Virieno Christina Zakiesato. “Urban Chaos” reflects on the state of disorder or pandemonium that grips our ever-expanding metro centers. This has been choreographed by Parth Bharadwaj. “Hands and Face Project” choreographed by Diya Naidu, explores the question - who or what are we afraid of, in the context of the Indian public space. The work was a sort of presentation of the artiste’s social experiment. Surjit Nongmeikapam, the winner of PECDA 2016, presented "Folktale”, which was an unconditional love story of the fruit lime and its performers.


20-09-2017

Essays by Roopa In Flux
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: The Oakroom, The Park Bangalore

Roopa In Flux is an ensemble of musical wanderers venturing beyond the established traditions that shaped them. Voice, violin, piano, and percussion band together for a sound unembarrassed of our lives as we live them. Each essay is a dice-throw, assembling unaccustomed words, techniques, volumes, and habits in the hope of creating new satisfactions, both for us and for you who are listening. Roopa Mahadevan on Vocal, Guy Mintus on Piano, Anjna Swaminathan on Violin and Rohan Krishnamurthy on Percussion.


21-09-2017

TAKE 35 by Anu Menon
Time: 07:00 PM Venue: The Oakroom, The Park Bangalore

TAKE 35 traces the journey of a child actor into adulthood: her minor victories and major defeats...her complexes and complexities... her mutating family life, her escapism, her contradictions, her humour, her reality. She is every woman. With every woman problems. Anu Menon plays Baby Anamika, in her second coming, as she faces the arc lights, for one last hurrah. Perhaps. Maybe. Lets see. Director - Faezeh Jalali and Technical Director – Yael Crishna.


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