'REBORN' is a one of its kind opportunity for performing artists from all backgrounds to form an ensemble and train to overhaul themselves. The base process draws from Indian traditional dance forms, its theory, everyday urban rituals and the pedagogy of embodied practice from the London International School of Performing Arts in Berlin. The roots of this creative process lie in the practice that everything is born from the knowledge and physicality of the body. Thrice a week we will share the space to explore our own bodies, the collective body and the spaces we inhabit to bring out stories perhaps unknown to and from within us. This process invites applications from actors, dancers, movement-practitioners, musicians, writers, visual artists and space designers. Exploring how we each play a role in the making of this collective story becomes the central theme over the 5 months of rigorous work as an ensemble.
Over the course of 5 months, an ensemble of 10 members will go through a process of creating physical scores, script, story and narrative generated from the body. This will be a devised work of the team that will eventually become a staged performance.
This process work makes everyday physical practice the source of material generation along with placing the body as the skeletal framework to build upon. The months will entail exploration of movements, words, lines, sounds, images and physical spaces.
Who Can Apply
The base process draws from Indian traditional dance forms, its theory, everyday urban rituals and the pedagogy of embodied practice from the London International School of Performing Arts in Berlin. The roots of this creative process lie in the practice that everything is born from the knowledge and physicality of the body. Thrice a week we will share the space to explore our own bodies, the collective body and the spaces we inhabit to bring out stories perhaps unknown to and from within us.
This process invites applications from actors, dancers, movement-practitioners, musicians, writers, visual artists and space designers. Exploring how we each play a role in the making of this collective story becomes the central theme over the 5 months of rigorous work as an ensemble.
Perform In A Full-Length
Actor Factor Production
The performance created in the process will be produced by Actor Factor. Public performances of the production are being planned at Actor Factor’s own performance space- Kaala Dibba (Black Box) and subsequently at other major venues across Delhi including India Habitat Centre, SriRam Centre, Odd Bird Theare, Studio Safdar, Zorba The Buddha and more.
The production will also be Actor Factor's official entry at the major national and international theatre festivals.
All participants are expected to make themselves available for the shows. A minimum stipend will be paid to the performers for every sponsored show and festival performance.
Manishikha has been an Odissi dancer for the most part of her life. She engages with different aspects of performance and performance building, arts management, organizing socio-political movements and teaching young adults. In 2018 she debuted her first production ‘Green Room’ in OddBird Theatre and Foundation. In the last year she has also been playing in ‘Sonnets’ by the Guild of the Goat. Lately she is enrolled under the London School of Performing Arts in Berlin studying Devised Theatre and Performing Arts and teaches as a visiting faculty in Ashoka University.
Manishikha has been a programme co-ordinator for the project ‘Dance Union’ under Gati Dance Forum before jumping on-board with Mallika Taneja to manage Lost and Found Trust in the past. She has been instrumental in curating and managing a private alternate performance space in Delhi along with making Odissi accessible to common man through public space performances.
While she is an independent practitioner building her own space and voice for the form and its politics, she has actively been part of the NotInMyName campaign, Artists-against-Hate charter and most recently driving conversations within the performance arts sector around the #MeToo movement in Delhi. She firmly believes that the core of her artistic practice lives in her everyday experience and practices. Movement practice, theatre, visual art and cooking inform her creative endeavours apart from the rituals and practices of the everyday urban life.She performs and lives in Delhi-NCR. Reading, travelling and cooking makes up for the rest of her life.
Vaishali Chakravarty is a contemporary theatre practitioner, scholar and educator. In her distinguished career, Vaishali has worked in several full length productions with the Actor Factor Theatre Company. She is currently the Artistic Director at Actor Factor.
She helps top schools across the country to revamp their drama curriculum. She works with non-profit organizations to introduce drama education in municipal and punchayat schools. She also conducts contemporary speech & drama and communication skills training programs at her several centres in New Delhi, Gurgaon and Kochi.
In addition to learning under theatre veterans like Sabitri Devi and Late Heisnam Kanhailal, Vaishali has formally trained in Drama & Speech and has subsequently been awarded the ‘Associate of Trinity College London – (ATCL) Diploma with Distinction’ in 2013 and 'Licentiate of Trinity College London - (LTCL) Degree with Merit' in 2017 in Speech & Drama and Performance Arts respectively. She attended the Shakespeare Summer School at the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art (RADA), London in 2016 and was also a participant at the International Drama Teachers’ Conference at the Royal National Theatre, London, 2015.
Training sessions will be held on every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
|FEB||02 & 03 Audition Round-1|
|15 Mar - 15 May||Process Work And Devising|
|16 May - 30 May||Break|
|1 Jun - 31 Jul||Production Rhearsals|
1. Applications are invited from actors, performing artists from all disciplines.
2. Prior training or experience in performing arts is NOT mandatory.
3. Shortlisted candidates will go through a workshop based audition.
2. List of successful candidates will be announced after the auditions.
Age Group: 16+ years
Venue: Actor Factor Studio, 416/2, 3rd Floor, Ghitorni Market (Lane In Front Of Metro Pillar No. 127), MG Road, New Delhi – 110 030 See Map>>
Fee: Rs 9000/- per month
The total program fee for 5-months amounting to Rs 45,000/- is payable in two installments of Rs 22,500 each, first at the begining of the program and the second by 31 May 2019.
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