ETE was absolutely amazing! I really admire the way the artists were able to control the stage, yet playfully so. This ability to be casual, spontaneous and free even while delving into deeper emotions is so very difficult to achieve and immediately awe-inspiring. It’s all in their attitude…something that I love German artists for – this ability to be so very in the NOW.
This dance-theater piece explored the feelings, thoughts and lives of young artists who did not hold steady jobs and felt that they were living in an extension of their teenage life – as the title suggests. Samir Akika used a participatory design process wherein the artists (from varied backgrounds including theater and different street-styles of dance) evolved the script by talking, discussing and working through their real emotions together.
The way the piece forms, constructs and destructs, both visually – through stage props and lights that the performers controlled themselves, as well as through the narrative, to me seemed to be like a live installation art piece. Its a hard one to explain in words, better seen and experienced. Wish you girls were with me to see this one. Link to Samir Akikas page on ETE for more >>
“Could I just draw your attention to the brevity of life?” – Cie Philippe Saire
Brought to India by The Swiss Arts Council
This I thought was super structured and powerful. It played with the modes of stage entertainment – vaudeville, go-go, musicals and so on, successfully. With very few spoken dialogs, the most simple and effective use of lights and shadows choreographed to precision – this was a very strong and vibrant piece. I loved the fact that the artists themselves controlled the lights physically. And that they used the most basic tube lights and halogen floods to create their ambiance.