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An ensemble dance drama on human saga by Mallika Sarabhai.
6.30pm both days at nehru centre, worli
Apr 17: Unearthed — It mirrors our pitiable attitude towards the weakest, the most deprived and the marginalised.
Apr 18: The Dammed— mass displacement due to dams and industrialisation
A classical act
Simultaneously, I have been dismayed at our displacement from ourselves. We live by what brand managers and advertisers tell us we are. Our sense of self is determined by what they tell us. They tell us that others are the cause of our malaise, that ‘they’ are to blame. Politicians play on this. We go with this and lead empty lives because that doesn’t touch us. All this prompted the festival.
Q: What made you by adapt Gabriel Garcia Marquez into a physical theatre performance (Unearthed)? How did that fit in?
MS: Unearthed is a theatre-production that employs many forms including puppetry and a fantastic soundscape, to tell the tale of human tendencies that alienate the other. It is an adaptation of a Marquez short story — A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings — by Gowri Ramnarayan, that Yadavan Chandran (filmmaker) and I have directed with an ensemble cast. For those not familiar with the original story, it is about the arrival of a castaway on a strange land and the disturbances that this creates. It plays with our need to define and our nature to reject anything unfamiliar. It mirrors our pitiable attitude towards the weakest, the most deprived and the marginalised.
Q: How are the two performances (Unearthed and The Dammed) that you’re in, different from one another?
MS: One is physical theatre, magico-realism, talking of displacement from the self. The Dammed is dance and multimedia and about mass displacement due to dams and industrialisation