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i am not here is designed as an eight-step guide in how to censor women's writing, which plays out in a boxing ring.
In parts dark, funny, and brutal, this dance-theatre production looks at the subtle and insidious ways in which women's writing gets flicked to the fringes. Women sit uncomfortably just out of the history of literature, while their male counterparts are accorded the status of geniuses, rebels and folk heroes.
Two women enter the ring. Watching and being watched, they are often at unease with what they must to do to 'show' you this guide. Thei...
Start Sales Date
23 Nov 2020, 9am
1 hour 10 minutes
SISTIC Live stream on 20 Jan. Film begins at 12am, viewable until 26 Jan 11.59pm.
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THE LOST POST INITIATIVE
The Lost Post Initiative is a theatre and performing arts collective largely working with themes around gender. Much of the work looks at the female performer's body as a site of protest and possibility. Works include Nobody Sleeps Alone, A Brief History of Your Hair, No Rest in the Kingdom, and i am not here, among others.
DIRECTOR – DEEPIKA ARWIND
Deepika Arwind is a playwright, director and performer, who has worked in the theatre for the last 14 years. She runs The Lost Post Initiative, theatre and performing arts collective that works collaboratively with diverse artists, largely around gender and women on stage. Her work has been presented in many parts of the world including Germany, Austria, USA, France, Uganda, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Singapore and all over India. She has been nominated for—and won—several awards, and fellowships, for her work. Her current touring productions nationally, internationally (and now digitally) are No Rest in the Kingdom (produced by Sandbox Collective) and i am not here (supported by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore), and most recently Pyaare 2020-ji (created for Serendipity Arts Virtual). She is the author of Sarayu, published by Le Cosmographe Éditions, France, in 2018.
DEVISER/PERFORMER – RONITA MOOKERJI
Ronita Mookerji is an Independent Performing Artist/ Choreographer/Teacher exploring and practicing Contemporary Dance. She has been trained in Bharatanatyam for over 25 years and she did her Arangetram (graduation) in 2006 in Kolkata, and still continues her training. She is also trained in Odissi, and graduated with Honours from Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media in 2009. During the Diploma programme, she trained in Kalarippayattu, Bharatanatayam, Classical Ballet, Contact Improvisation, and Contemporary Dance Technique.
DEVISER/PERFORMER – SHARANYA RAMPRAKASH
Sharanya Ramprakash is a theatre-maker who works in both English and Kannada language theatre. She is one of the founders of Dramatist Anonymous (Dramanon) in Bengaluru, which she runs along with three other artists. Over the last 12 years, she has directed, acted, and produced several works that have had performances both nationally and internationally. Sharanya is a 2014 Inlaks Foundation scholar, India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) grantee 2015, Theatertreffen International Forum 2016 scholar, and member of Lincoln Centre Director’s Lab 2018. Her latest work Mythology Upon the Table with director Baboo Liao was presented at the Taipei International Arts Festival 2019 (TIFA 2019), and is scheduled for an international tour. Her recent play Akshayambara, which won an award for the Best Original Script at the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) 2016, has been touring from 2018 to 2020.
LIGHTING DESIGNER – PRITHAM KUMAR
Pritham Kumar has specialised into technical theatre after working as an actor for many theatrical productions. As a lighting designer, he has travelled the world with theatre and dance performances and worked with companies from all over India and abroad. His latest effort in this endeavour took him aboard the world's largest passenger ship to work in an aquatheatre, underwater with performers. He lives a parallel life in commercial kitchens as a head chef and is currently leading one of Goa's biggest food brands in their latest offering. Only time may tell where all this takes him.
SOUND DESIGNER – NIKHIL NAGARAJ
Nikhil Nagaraj (°1990, Bangalore) is a sound designer, engineer and musician. His interest explores the amalgamation between electronic and acoustic music, combining traditional Indian music styles with contemporary classical and electronic concepts in his compositions and transformations with spatial sound to create immersive experiences through the use of sensors and 3D soundscapes. Since 2016 he focuses on gestural and algorithmic compositions in both his writings and research activities also contributing to a few media labs and artist collectives worldwide. The combination of aesthetic, technical and scientific aspects of this interdisciplinary approach have encountered a positive reception and his technical training in sound and computers is the basis for a fearless dealing with technology in general.
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT – AKASH NARENDRAN
Akash Narendran freelances with corporate facilitation, playback theatre, and singing lullabies (really!). He is passionate about social justice movements; and is a future filmmaker. He also studies Transactional Analysis in its application to psychotherapy.
PRODUCER – VEENA APPIAH
Veena Appiah is a theatre practitioner who has been heading productions for more than 20 yrs now. She is based in Bangalore and has worked in both English and Kannada language theatres. She is passionate about work that involves putting up a show and loves watching magic happen from the wings.
“In a tight two-hander, Mookerji is a devil-may-care presence seemingly untouched by the piece’s feminist angst but mindful of its repercussions on her own body…. She physically negotiates a curve from prescriptive Bharat Natyam to her own free form style…”
—Vikram Phukan, 13 Outstanding Theatrical Performances of 2019, The Hindu
“… we’re taken to the edge of the awkward, the uncomfortable, the not easy-to-digest… something meant to dissent can still entertain, educate and excite—all at the same time.”
—Joshua Muyiwa, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore
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