Thursday, December 16, 2010

Shadows Shake The Basement

The Basement, a youthful music venue in Kolkata, hosted Gender Shadow, which drew an international audience from Jana Sanskriti's Muktadhara IV, Theatre of the Oppressed Festival.
The locals sat in a different section from the internationals. While some scenes got a rise from both sections, many jokes brought laughter from either one section or the other. In the Gender Shadow tradition, the dance floor erupted at the end of the show, as the blend of US club music and Bollywood hits intermingled like the crowd.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Playing with Peaceworks

This show at Women's Christian College was organized by Peaceworks of Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre. This was our first time doing Gender Shadow for an all women audience, and the audience reactions were strong.
They laughed at everything the first time through the show and when it was time for interventions the engagement stayed equally high. After the show when we broke into a dance party the young women rushed the stage, much to the dismay of their dean.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Spilling out of the Studio

With the stage compressed to the smallest imaginable size, and with audience members sitting one on top of another there still wasn't enough space to accommodate the turnout for this show. People who couldn't see Gender Shadow perform listened in from the hallway!
Studio 21 was quite intimate by the nature of the space, and the audience got upclose and personal with their interventions. See the review of the show Theatre of change, of and for 'spect-actors' in The Telegraph(Kolkata) on 15th December 2010.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Drishya Interrupts Injustice

The power went out 5 minutes into the show and it was still the most powerful performance of Gender Shadow to date. Youth from Drishya (see previous Drishya blog posts), sprung into action to stop sexual harassment in the bus scene.

What really brought the debate to full force was the issue of married women who wanted to work. The young men argued against women working while the young women firmly asserted their right.

We invited young women to the stage to argue from the men's perspective and had the young men argue the lady's views. This brought the room to roars, and after the show the lively discussion continued as the youth spilled out of the space.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Undoing Oppression at Opus

Stylized videos flickered on an elevated screen as audience member's sculpted the actors. Loud music and friendly discussions filled room while the white floor cushions disappeared under the crowd.
The work we to increase the presence of the shadows in the piece, since the Centre for Film and Drama Performance, really showed on the stage at Opus.

Fresh interventions from the Opus crowd took the show in new directions, challenging public sexual harassment in creative ways.
True to form the Gender Shadow evening ended in a dance party onstage.