Vistas of Theatre Performance

Apr 01, 2013 to Jun 30, 2013 | Vol. 5, Issue 1 & 2
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The cultural capital of Kerala, Thrissur hosted the 5th Edition of International Theatre Festival of Kerala, ITFoK with grandeur from January 15 to 22, 2013. Organized by the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi, ITFoK 2013 showcased some of the exemplary theatre group initiatives from all over the world.

The cultural capital of Kerala, Thrissur hosted the 5th Edition of International Theatre Festival of Kerala, ITFoK with grandeur from January 15 to 22, 2013. Organized by the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi, ITFoK 2013 showcased some of the exemplary theatre group initiatives from all over the world with special focus on theatre groups from Europe, mainly the Central European countries and USA. Along with this, a cross section of contemporary Indian theatre with eminent performers from varied streams provided a real visual treat for the audience during the eight day long festival.

The ITFoK was initiated in the year 2008, and from the time of its inception, it has functioned as a vibrant platform for the Indian theatre lovers to collaborate with similar innovations and talents from all over the world. This year, artists from Romania, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Poland, Uzbekistan, Georgia, France, England and Norway presented their theater initiatives along with theatre groups from Maharashtra, Assam, Karnataka and Haryana. Another highlight of the festival was the “Malayalam Theatre Panorama” which included selected award winning performances in the professional, amateur and short play theatre competitions held by the Akademi. The festival commenced with the official inauguration ceremony followed by a choreo- performance by Ability Unlimited, from Delhi. Followed by that, the much acclaimed re-scripted version of Shakesphere's Hamlet, called the Hamlet Machine by Heiner Muller was staged by the Polish theatre group, La M. Ort.  Some of the other illustrious performances were -Two of Us and This is My Body Come Into My Mind from Romania, The Knocking Within, a dance theatre from USA and Carmen Choreodrama from Georgia.

One of the distinct features of the fifth ITFoK was the mesmerizing solo performances of eminent artists like Maya Krishna Rao from Delhi, Mallika Prasad from Bangalore, Arjun Raina and Shailaja P. Ambu from Kerala. Seminars, Intimate Theatre, Street Performances and Clown & Mime performances, were also organized as a part of the festival. Seminars led by academicians in the field of performance studies and thought provoking presentations of experienced artists together with young and fresh talent served as a great avenue to gain deep insight to the art of performance making which has evolved from various parts of the globe. The traditional art forms, Yakshaganam and Mudiyettu, were also presented, bringing out our cultural uniqueness and charm during the event. Soorya Krishnamoorthy, Chairman of the Akademi was the festival director.

The eight day long cultural fiesta served to explore and exhibit the diverse cultural, innovative and experimental theatre activities together with different perspectives of the contemporary theatre initiatives in a single vibrant platform. In its true sense the ITFoK 2013 was a sumptuous treat for heart and soul.

Inputs from : V.K.Sreedharan,  Administrative Officer,
Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi

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