The 6th International Theatre Festival of Kerala
Jan 27 - Feb 3, 2014 Thrissur
- Renu Ramanath

January 25, 2014

The 6th International Theatre Festival of Kerala (ITFoK), conducted by the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi at its premises in Thrissur is opening on January 27. The festival will go on till February 3, 2014.  This year, the curatorial board, led by Artistic Director Deepan Sivaraman and comprising Neelam Mansingh Choudhary, D. Reghoothaman, Abhilash Pillai and Sajitha Madathil, has chosen the concerns of ‘Transition,’ ‘Gender’ and ‘Spectatorship’ as the focal points of the festival.

A total number of 22 plays, from eleven countries will be showcased during the eight days of the festival, spread over around five venues in the akademi premises. The countries include the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Italy, Iran, Israel, France, Norway, Slovakia and Sri Lanka. There is also one Indo-German production.

An Indo-Polish collaborative project produced by the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi, in collaboration with Polish Institute, New Delhi and Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Poznan, Poland will be presented on the opening day of the festival. Titled, ‘Burning Flowers – 7 Dreams of A Woman,’ the performance, coordinated and directed by the cast of Teatr Biuro Pedrozy, from Poznan, Poland.

A Colloquium organised jointly by Dr. Anuradha Kapur, Prof. Jane Collins (University of the Arts, London) and Dr. M.V. Narayanan (University of Calicut) will open a discourse on the ‘themes’ of the festival. An international critics Symposium, organised by the International Association of Theatre Critics will deliberate on the issues faced by critics world over.

The festival will open with the performance of ‘The Kitchen’ directed by Roysten Abel, for Can & Abel Theatre that explores the relationship between food and spirituality through the scintillating performance of 12 mizhavu players.

The performances will present a cross section of various theatrical expressions, that will explore the themes related to gender and transition. The performance spaces will also be varied, from proscenium and black box to open air and more flexible spaces. For example, the French theatre company, The Antilaclastes is making use of a garage space in the Akademi premises to stage their show ‘Hilum’ that makes use of puppets and actors simulataneously.

Janakaraliya, a touring theatre group from Sri Lanka that travels through the rural areas of the island nation acting as a cultural hub has already put up their huge tent in the Stadium grounds opposite the Akademi premises. Complete with galleried seating arrangements, Janakaraliya’s tent, made with steel truss and canvass, had arrived in Kochi in a container from where it was transported by road to Thrissur. Other plays that make use of non-proscenium spaces will also be performed within the Tent Theatre of Janakaraliya.

Music Cross Over, including theatre music from various parts of India, will be presented by Dr. Sumangala Damodaran, economist and musician based in New Delhi.

The detailed programme of the festival is given below:
                                 

The Kitchen

C Sharp C Blunt


Chakka

Della Tua Carne


Janakaraliya

Revolutionary  Messages

Jan 27:
6pm – Opening ceremony
7pm – Inaugural show – Kitchen (Roysten Abel / Can &Abel / India / Outdoor / Actor Murali Outdoor Theatre)
8.30pm – Burning Flowers (Teatr Buiro Pedrozy / Poland / Open Air)

Jan 28:
10am – 12 noon – Colloquium – ‘Feminism and Gender’ (Susie Tharu / K.Venu / Rekha Raj                                 
11.30am – 5pm – Transition Documenta (Lalithakala Akademi)
12 noon – 1.30pm – Director in Dialogue
2pm & 5pm - C Sharp C Blunt (Flinntheatre & M.D. Pallavi / Indo German / 75 min / Black Box)
5pm – Mephisto Waltz (Derevo / Germany / 60 min / Proscenium / KT Muhammed Theatre)
7pm – Hum Mukhtara (West Bengal / Hindi / 80 min / Outdoor)
8.15pm – Beegum Panicker (Kerala / Malayalam / 140 min / Tent)

Jan 29:
10am – 12 noon – Colloquium- Curatorial Concerns and Possibilities in Film and Visual Art (Beena Paul / Abhilash Pillai / Bartoz Sydlowski)
11.30am – 5pm – Transition Documenta (Lalithakala Akademi)
12 noon – 1.30pm – Director in Dialogue
2pm – Transfiguration (Solo / Sagaaran / France  / 60 min / Blackbox)
5pm – Irakalodu Mathramalla Samsarikkendathu (Kerala / Malayalam / 120 min / Proscenium)
6.3 pm – Burning Flowers (Teatr Biuro Pedrozy / Poland / Open Air)
7pm – Satyashodak (Maharashtra / Marathi / 105 min / Outdoor)
8.30pm – Double Act (Narippatta Raju / Malayalam / 22 min / Tent)
9pm – Chakka (Thrissur Nataka Sangham / Malayalam / 65 min / Tent)
10.15pm - Lavani Tamasha (Traditional / Maharashtra / 60 min) 

Jan 30:
10am – 12 noon – Colloquium Avant-Garde Movement in Theatre (Noel Witts / Jane Collins / Anuradha Kapur)
11.30am – 5pm – Transition Documenta (Lalithakala Akademi)
12 noon – 1.30pm – Director in Dialogue
2pm – 4pm – IATC Symposium
2pm – Transfiguration (Solo / Sagaaran / France / 60 min / Blackbox)
5pm – Della Tua Carne (Motus / Italy / NV / 60 min / Proscenium)
7pm – The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Janakaraliya / Sri Lanka / 160 min / Tent)
7pm – Hilum (The Antilaclastes / France / 60 min / Open Air) 
9pm – Open Air Action (Derevo / Germany / 60 min / Open Air)

Jan 31:
10am – 12 noon – Colloquium – Modernism in Indian Theatre (Kirti Jain / Neelam
Mansingh Chowdhary / Vasudha Dalmia / Sankar Venkateswaran)
11.30am – 5pm – Transition Documenta (Lalithakala Akademi)
12 noon – 1.30pm – Director in Dialogue
2pm – 4pm – IATC Symposium
5pm – Revolutionary Messages (Grusomhetens Teatre / Norway / 70 min / Black Box)
5pm – Della Tua Carne (Motus / Italy / NV / 60 min / Proscenium)
7pm – 2 Liters in 2 Liters of Peace (Iran / Dubbing (English) / 70 min / Outdoor)
8.30pm – Thiranheduppu (Janam Nataka Vedi / Kerala / Malayalam / 45 min / Tent)
8.30pm – Hilum (the Antilaclastes / France / 60 min / Open Air) 
9.30pm – Yakshagana (Traditional / Karnataka / 75 min / Open Air)

Feb 1:
10am – 12 noon – Colloquium – On Gender in the Context of Being an Indian Woman (Maya Krishna Rao / Sara Matchett / Sarah Joseph)
11.30am – 5pm – Transition Documenta (Lalithakala Akademi)
12 noon – 1.30pm – Director in Dialogue
2pm – 4pm – IATC Symposium
3pm – Music Cross Over
5pm – Revolutionary Messages (Grusomhetens Teatre / Norway / 70 min / Black Box)
6pm – Epic (Debris Company / Slovakia / 80 min/ Proscenium)
7.30pm – Urvara Sangeetham (Patasala / Kerala / 80 min / Open Air)
9pm – Hilum (the Antilaclastes / France / 60 min / Open Air) 

Feb 2:
10am – 12 noon – Colloquium – Regional Theater in Kerala (Shibu S. Kottaram / E.P. Rajagopalan / Chandradasan / Sajitha Madathil)
11.30am – 5pm – Transition Documenta (Lalithakala Akademi)
12 noon – 1.30pm – Director in Dialogue
2pm – 4pm – IATC Symposium
2pm & 5pm – Awkward Happiness (Studio Matejka / Poland / 60 min / Black Box)
5pm – Neighbour’s Grief is Greener (Israel Visual Theatre / Isreal / 60 min / Proscenium)
6pm – Music Cross Over
8.30pm – The Winter’s Tale (Wide Aisle Productions & Tadpole Repertory / Haryana / English & Hindustani / 150 min / Open Air)

Feb 3:
10am – 12 noon – Colloquium – Hyperrealism in 21st Century Theatre (Anuradha Kapur / Mahesh Elkunchwar / Deepan Sivaraman / Dr M.V. Narayanan)
11.30am – 5pm – Transition Documenta (Lalithakala Akademi)
12 noon – 1.30pm – Director in Dialogue
2pm – 4pm – IATC Symposium
2pm & 5pm – unSeen (Process TheatreZ / Goa / 65 min / Black Box)
5pm – S/He Nancy Joe (Tantehorse / Czech Republic / Proscenium)
5.30pm –6.30pm – Closing Ceremony (Tent)
6.30pm – Viraasat (NSD Repertory / New Delhi / Hindi / 180 min/ Outdoor)
9.30pm - Music Cross Over (Open Air)