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This website will give you a glimpse into my work as an artist,  community builder and activist. I have been negotiating the world through the lens of a creative entrepreneur for the last two decades. It's been a wonderful journey with a lot of learning and collaborating with people I deeply respect.
In the coming years, I believe that creative thinkers will be crucial to document, stitch, hold and present the world. We are at the very edge of collapse on one side, and of a future that can spin out into unimaginable wonders on the other. I believe we can get to the happier side by working together!

Theater Views

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February 17th, 2009

Girls, this past week has been hectic on the culture scene thanks to the Attakalari Biennial 09. Here are my quick thoughts on a couple of shows that I loved:

Extended Teenage Era (ETE) – Samir Akika
Brought to India by the Goethe Institut

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.

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  • still have to see the first piece arch. thanks for posting and keeping us in the loop with all current happenings!
    the second piece is quite powerful – i really like the puppet sequence, and the light control for that piece.
    what did you mean that the artist has control of the light? you mean the performing artists?

  • yep the performing artists moved and changed on turned on or off the lights themselves…all in a choreographed manner that was worked smoothly into the performance itself.