Urban theatre practices in rural settings…a new dialogue!?

Posted by Kaahon Desk On June 8, 2016

Over the years, it has become quite a popular practice where theatre professionals from the city travel to a rural space and work there. The idea is to create a dialogue between the urban practices and the rural settings and people. In this regard, Jean-Frédéric Chevallier believes in a theatre form which is not restricted to any definite space. As a result he can incorporate various elements into his theatre. In fact, he finds the accomplishment of theatre in its ability to be inclusive. On the other hand, Manish Mitra hails from a practice of urban proscenium theatre which he doesn’t deny. But his interest in coming to a village and performing is about the attraction of working in the open. He feels that this gives rise to a possibility of something more organic in nature. Partho Gupta who originally hails from Daronda near Bolpur has been working there for long. While he doesn’t hold any reservations about urban practitioners coming to the villages or the other way round, he stresses upon the significance of a few things, understanding, experience and sincerity. Otherwise, it’d all be a pointless and shallow exercise.

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