A story from almost 200 years ago. Of a voyage of a young boy drawn to science by his intense interest in the diverse animals and plants that filled his surroundings. A boy who carried within him an empirical observation of nature and a many infinte curiosities. Later he engaged seriously with the difficult and challenging mysteries of human life, ways of explaining the origin and design of living beings. Without question, his travels were an essential foundation for arriving at the momentous conclusions he would later make in his journey. Who could have imagined how significant his discoveries would be and how merely impossible it was to not be a changed person after dymistifying this mystery. DARWIN – A story of a life that has never truly ended, but continues to be a powerful cultural and scientific influence. Written by Mrinalinee Vanarase, Performed & Directed by Vidyanidhee Vanarase, Darwin is a profound performative telling of his life’s journey, a narrative of science & evolution – uniquely transforming human life.
Fall again, fly better is a solo performance written and performed by Aditi Venkateshwaran, directed by Vidyanidhee Vanarase. The performance is an exploratory story telling narrative of a dancer growing up around somebody who has lost control over their body. It spins a thread along a path of vulnerability, exploring the relationship of a granddaughter with her strong willed, big hearted grandmother and her subsequent illness for almost 22 years. The performance explores the nature of this fear, acknowledges its experience, and progresses deeper into triumph over it along with the more positive aspects of human existence beyond the physical body. Fall again, fly better is a piece that explores human vulnerability, as well as the strength within. The running time of the performance is 60 minutes approximately and the language of the play is English.
“The Balancing Act” a play in gibberish. The play looks at violence and abuse as seen and experienced by young children in day to day life. The questions raised in this play seem to apply to many of the struggles of a whole generation, no matter the age. The play throws light upon children’s perspective of violence and their perception of it. It has been warmly and enthusiastically received by the young ones as well as adults. The running time of the performance is 60 minutes approximately and the language of the play is ‘Gibberish’.
In Transit directed by Aditi Venkateshwaran is a non-verbal dance theatre performance that examines the representation of systemic and subjective movement in contemporary culture looking at bodies in transit in India. The performance looks at the intensity of the movements and moments we experience on the streets. It senses the physicality in strong and soft tones, a constant searching and uncovering, everything we see around us that we cannot forget and carry within us. The running time of the performance is approximately 60 minutes.
IAPAR was a part of the Titus Project, one of the founding projects of UNESCO UNITWIN Network for Higher Education in Performing Arts. It produced a multi-lingual production of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus in the year 2013-2014. Titus Andronicus is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1588 and 1593. It is thought to be Shakespeare’s first tragedy, and is often seen as his attempt to emulate the violent and bloody revenge plays of his contemporaries, which were extremely popular with audiences throughout the sixteenth century. In the modern world, performing Titus Andronicus today becomes important because of the social context we live around, the kind of cruelty that we see around and the harsh nature of violence we experience. This performance project initiated a dialogue amongst the young artists from across the globe investigating the ideas of violence, non-violence and peace.