Here’s a ‘snapshot’ view of all the coverage we have been getting.
The fifth edition of The Park’s New Festival began in Chennai on August 29, following which the festival will tour Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Kolkata. Conceptualised and curated by the Park Hotels and Prakriti Foundation, the festival’s aim is to promote emerging and new artistes. [Link]
In a city hailed as the Mecca of classical music and dance, but where the contemporary is still seeking venues for self-expression, The Park’s New Festival is a much-appreciated platform for multidisciplinary creativity of the moment. Curated by Ranvir Shah of Prakriti Foundation, the Festival is now into its sixth edition — and third year as a multi-city festival beyond Chennai — and looks at different forms of artistry including contemporary dance, music, puppetry, even stand-up comedy.
Shah, who is the artistic director of the New Festival, had previously co-curated The Other Festival for nine years. Explaining his impetus for a new iteration of an arts festival, he says: “I felt the time had come for us in India to look at ourselves, through the prism of the self and not that of the other. How we could engage with this new global/local India was an exciting idea for me to review and curate. I like to keep my curatorial narrative as being still engaged with the New India, through artists who are either based in India, or inspired and plugged into the source of India’s performing arts.”
Lasting typically between three to six days, the duration may be short and sweet but the programming aims to be experimental and provocative. Headlining this year’s performance is the Akram Khan Dance Company, who will present Gnosis. Khan searches within his twin classical and contemporary roots to present a piece about the human struggle, inspired by the story of Gandhari from the Mahabharata.
Other acts include music by the troupe of clarinettist and composer Shankar Tucker; theatre performance by Sri Lankan-American D’Lo; a retelling of Girish Karnad’s Hayavadana by The Industrial Theatre Co. and the play Chinese Coffee by the Hosruba Repertory.
In Mumbai, the festival will take place from September 9 to 11.
September 9: Shankar Tucker & Troupe (for invitees only) at the Blue Frog at 8 pm.
September 10: Theatre – D’Funqt by D’Lo (ticketed) at St. Andrews auditorium at 8 pm.
September 11: Akram Khan Dance Company (ticketed) at St. Andrews auditorium at 8 pm.
The Park’s New Festival will be starting in Chennai before it starts on its tour of the country. The festival features Shankar Tucker the creator of Shrutibox on YouTube who has taken the world by storm, D’Lo a queer stand up comedian will be giving an intimate theatre performance of her life and how she dealt with it, last but certainly not the least we have Akram Khan who opened the London Olympics this year.
In Chennai we have a special treat as we have two theatre performances by Hayavadana and Chinese coffee
Have you gotten your tickets from http://indianstage.in?