In the Round
a series of conversations on creativity, culture & context
in partnership with India Foundation for the Arts
supported by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan New Delhi
Lapdiang Syiem, Mallika Taneja, Mohit Takalkar & Vivek Madan
in conversation with Neel Chaudhuri
Tuesday, October 26 2021 | 7 pm
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the shutting down of performance spaces, theatre makers in India entered an indefinite period of limbo.The theatre now needed to respond to a challenge to its most fundamental and ritualistic relationship - that between the performer and the gathered audience. Across the country practitioners committed themselves to finding ways to innovate and adapt, to build and share work for digital platforms.
How have these experiments re-configured and re-imagined the space of the theatre for a remote audience? How have they grappled with the expectation of liveness, intimacy and immediacy in performance? Can the theatre make its audience excited about the technology that has now become quotidian in our daily experience?
Join us in conversation with four artists who will share their diverse experiences of building and performing theatre in the pandemic, to be shared digitally: Lapdiang Syiem (Shillong), whose interactive piece Ngan hiar sha Wah (I'm going down to the River) was a part of the Refunction Festival 2021; Mallika Taneja (Delhi), whose production Allegedly recently received the ZKB Patronage Prize at the Zurich Theatrespektakel; Mohit Takalkar (Pune), who staged and filmed The Colour of Loss, an adaptation of The White Book by Han Kang; and Vivek Madan (Bangalore), who has performed in QTP’S Every Brilliant Thing, a solo stage production that adapted itself for audiences online in 2020.