So what does it take to put your personal truths out in public space? You are sharing a story, a mood, a moment - through performance.
We are all made of stories. Stories of various kinds, multiple genres and different moods. In a way, our stories define who we are. The choices we make within our own plot, the characters that we choose to play through time, the different moods that we help create, our value systems, the multiple emotions that we go through - all these end up defining and constructing our personal narratives.
In August 2014 (Bangalore), I was in a workshop with 4 people- a theatre actor, a psychologist, a behavioral trainer and a nuero linguistic practitioner. I was already beginning to feel like we had a performance there. It Just sounded quite cool. Through the 2 day workshop where we worked on body, gesture, space, memory and audience relationships, we had created about 30 seconds of material per person - a combination of expressive gesture, sounds, movement and text.
The question for me was: How can these fragments come together in performance? For a while now, I've been very interested in exploring personal narratives through visual performance. Additionally, I also explored the idea of immersion in personal stories. The idea of an audience not just watching the story but being drawn into the environment in various ways.
With the material generated at the workshop becoming the starting point for further devising, we started further exploration. Combining chance happenings, associations, spoken word and free writing, we started generating more performance material. At this point in time, I honestly had no clue what the performance would be about. I had a guideline, a process that I trusted and four committed performer/devisers.
Through the initial devising sessions, we focused our energies on creating visuals, both static and dynamic and was using these visual cues to generate performance context. We would then quickly take notes about what the visual is communicating and see if we could further build on it in any way possible. In two weeks time, we had a very clear direction of where the piece was heading. We were working with concepts of challenge, hope, love, violence and romance. The stories emerged. The stories of four different women experiencing struggle & strength, hope & despair and detachment & obsession.
What would you do when you are alone and attacked?
How can you move on after a testing relationship?
Are you now in a position to stand up to what's going on? Do you have a voice?
How can your hope and faith build you up, after you crumble?
A moment of memory captures and brings to life these four moments through performance. We've designed this in an experiential way, through touch, taste, sight, sound and smell - by engaging the multiple senses.
We invite you to come experience these stories and share a moment with us.
This painting that you see was inspired by the performance piece "A moment of memory"
What does it take to forget? to erase? to start afresh?
Sometimes a visual can inspire performance ideas. With this one, performance based movement, gesture and material has inspired the creation of visual.
memories can create patterns
memories can trigger the use of material
memories can dictate spatiality
memories can spark movement ideas
Water and paper have been combined with the performers movement pattern, inspired by her memory. The performance text has supported the mood of the painting.
Come experience the performance, intimate and intense
- a memory erased, performed by Priyam Jain is inspired by a memory you do not quite want to hold too close. It's not about someone else. It's about you. Looking back now, you see a very different version of you, but without that, you would not be yourself today.
A moment of memory
Jan 9,10,11 at Atta Galatta, Koramangala, Bangalore
Jan 23,24,25 at Shoonya Space, Lalbagh Road, Bangalore
Tickets and show details
Over the last few months, post the devising workshop in Bangalore, we've been continuously working on how fragments of memory can be patched together into a performance?
The first question we asked ourselves: How do we pick out which memory we want to talk about?
If I asked you to pick out a few events from your life, you'll probably remember birthdays, holidays or something drastic, like loss, victory etc. But how do we go back to those events that have shaped our beliefs and made us who we are today?
Yes, we're all made of stories and if we went on a rant, we'll probably get a lot of content. That's not what we did. We said, let's resort to chance happenings. How can chance determine the memories that crop up in our heads at that point in time? Can we then figure out if those events really affected us?
How can green be associated with what you would like to do?
How can an image of a beach be linked to the day you went missing?
How can the smell of perfume be linked to what you studied in school?
How can a candle be related to what you were doing on the 29th of August?
How can a pine cone and 'one fine day' give you a story?
The performers received some generic questions, to which the answer based associations would be either images, objects, smells or sights that they encounter at that point in time. This combination would trigger something. We were interested in that something being a starting point to develop a piece of work.
The concepts of struggle, love, relationship, challenges and human effort came to the fore as core working concepts. We started our exploration based on this. Come experience a moment of memory.
a moment of memory
an experiential theatre performance based on real encounters
Jan 9, 10, 11 at Atta Galatta, Koramangala
Jan 23, 24, 25 at Shoonya Space, Lalbagh Road
Tickets available on bookmyshow.com
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