Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi presents
International Theatre Festival of Kerala
February 20-28, 2017 Thrissur

February 17, 2017

The ITFoK not only focus on showcasing contemporary theatre, but provides a platform for other folk and traditional theatre forms of Kerala and other parts of the country, for the advantage of the visiting groups from abroad in particular. The groups/artists are put into active and creative interactions with each other, which lead to certain level of share and exchange of experience and a fair knowledge of these forms. Seminars, workshops and exposition sessions by eminent theatre practitioners and academicians, exhibitions, screening of films etc are the vital components of the festival. The interactive sessions for theatre practitioners, with visiting directors on their play making process, design methods, and actors’ training systems provide deep insight and understanding of their theatre. ITFoK provides a true interactive space occupied by a variety of spectators from various walks of life and culture, thus inspiring creative and meaningful artistic interaction.

With a focus on street performance, this year’s festival (edition 9) stretches the stage beyond the proscenium. Multiple venues spring up in unlikely places, ranging from town hall to swimming pool, to host spectacles from around the world.
Audiences can choose from shows by 16 international theatre companies and 8 Indian ones besides 7 in Malayalam.


The curators of this year’s edition have chosen works that expand the reach of the performances as well as reimagine public spaces, stimulating a reassessment of our quotidian perception of city and society.

They will inspire you, as curator Anuradha Kapoor says, to “reimagine the street; cars, buses squares, crossroads ... all thrown up in the air and recombined as theatre objects, scenery, reality...” inviting you to “plunge into the real word as it enters fiction, or as fiction enters the real world.

By bringing performance out into the open, the artist initiates a dialogue that is more direct, less cocooned and situated in relatable, everyday surroundings.

Auxiliary events
Three day Theatre Colloquium with panels on:
Street Theatre and Performance

Art making in times of extreme cultural and economic nationalism
Digital interfaces in today’s theater

Speakers include Aubrey Mellor, Anuradha Kapur, TT Sreekumar, Erin Mee and Aubrey Mellor

Dramaturgy and Writing Conclave
Acclaimed writers and researchers come together at the Sahiyta Akademi to debate and discuss the nature and role of the dramaturgical process today

Session on Writing about the Arts
Practising art journalists get together to present their thoughts and confront the challenges facing art writing. 

Talks at School of Drama
Four renowned theatre makers will give talks to audiences at the School of Drama on subjects such as Performance Installation and Theatre Pedagogy.

Collaborative Projects
The Strings Theatre Company is an artists’ collective from Germany, Finland and France that is famous for their onsite creation of performance in residency. Collaborating with three Indian artists – actor, singer and comedian – for ten days, they will present a non verbal outdoor piece during the festival.

Art Junction Poland and Theatreconnekt Thrissur come together to create ‘Not our Business’, an intercultural street theatre project commissioned and coproduced by the International Theatre Festival of Kerala. Drawing from the writings of social scientists, agro-ecologists and investigative journalists such as Martin Caparros, Andrew Mwenda, Amartya Sen, Palagummi Sainath and Yogendra Yadav, a small group of actors and activists is making their own physical and cognitive explorations into questions of social and human conditions. They will apply the improvisational and devising skills employed during their residency, journeying from idea to discussion, improvisation to narrative and then to performance.

Kamchatka, a cutting edge outdoor theatre company from Spain, walks into a street with their suitcases and encounters it and the world it is in. Their performances are those of rediscovery – of a street, a city, a country. This time, they will train 30 Indian workshop participants to join them in their workshop process of devising and then to share the resulting work with the public on the streets of Thrissur town.
La Patriotrioco from Chile will be in Thrissur to create work that is part spectacle, part political statement and reflects the nature of the politically charged environs in which we live. They too will be recruiting from among applicants from the general public to spend time with in a workshop process which will lead to the creation of the final performance piece in the style of flamboyant spectacle.
Some of the Theatre Companies
Teatro Dei Venti Pentesilea
This is not a Theatre Company Pool Play
Les Antliaclastes Acting Bug
Merlin Puppet Theatre Clown House
Oynur Sara
Bitef Theatre Freedom
Asakta Kalamanch, Pune
Performance Studies Collective
Ambedkar Univ, Delhi
Ebong Amra, Burdwan    
School of Drama, Thrissur  
Lokadharmi, Cochin                     
Mein huun Yusuf aur ye hai mera bhai
The Cabinet of Dr Caligari

Andha Yug
Misty Mountains of Mahabharata
Kali Nadakam

Some of the venues
The Regional Theatre, KSNA / Bharat Murali Theatre, KSNA / Black box, KSNA
KSNA courtyard / Kanhailal Vedi School of Drama and Fine Arts
Sim Garage Theatre / Ramanilayam Campus / Palace Grounds / Sports Club Swimming Pool
Thekkinkadu – the Round / Town Hall / Kerala Sahitya Akademi
Nehru Children’s Park / North Bus stand Road

Info: (0487) – 2322734 / 2327427 /