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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