Evelien Pullens

 

 

 

The power of puppetry  Theatre Embassy Project 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IK5H8bQcPgw

 

In 2009 maakte ik met 13 jonge artiesten van verschillende stammen uit Assam en Manipur ( Noord Oost India) onafgebroken aan improvisaties, thema’s uitdiepen, poppen maken, componeren en het in elkaar zetten van de theatervoorstelling ‘Bijuli’. 
De organisatie is in handen van theatergroep Badungduppa met Sukra Rabha als leider. Een eerste tournee werd gespeeld in Karnataka (Zuid India) en Assam.

 

Bijuli Is een voorstelling gebaseerd op improvisaties, de ervaringen en fantasie van de acteurs. Het stuk reflecteert de wereld om ons heen in beweging en poppenspel. Iedere ochtend brengt de krant de buitenwereld bij ons binnen. Hoe kun je vertrouwen in het leven behouden met zoveel geweld en pijn oproepen? Kun je blijven creëren als je je machteloos voelt? 
We verleiden het publiek om ons te volgen naar het surrealistische gebied achter de realiteit van kranten-artikelen, met tranen en vrolijkheid, politici, stadsmensen, dorpelingen en de laatste neushoorn van Assam.

 


Recensie

I liked Bijuli for several reasons. I will mention only two, which I felt are most significant:
1. For its simple and powerful theatricality. In India, this is a time when theatre directors, especially in urban centres are becoming techno-savy. For example, my friend from Delhi used to tell me that these days, to become a 'contemporary play' in Delhi any production has to have a video projection at least! And I am also told that Institutions such as NSD spend several lakhs of rupees on a production. In such a context, a production which was rich in imagination but poor in terms of its expenditure was a welcome sight. The fact that your production, mounted with minimum physical resources, was powerful enough to hold the audience here spell bound for an hour (even when the audience did NOT understand any spoken word in it) is a proof for its immense theatrical strength.
2. For the fact that the play was produced in the northe-east where even a normal daily life has become difficult these days. Watching the involvement of the actors, and their effort in the work, I am sure that it has been both a confidance booster as well as a means of social communication for that community. The actors were not only capable, but they were also committed to a serious communication -- which made watching the play a really moving experience for me.
I only wish that you will continue your association with them and produce more such theatrical experiences with them...

K.V. Akshara 
Heggodu, Karnataka, India

 

 
   
   
   
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