Archiv | Kleine Formate | 2011
THEATRE OF THE STREETS
an illustrated talk with film clips by Sudhanva Deshpande
A not-empty space. A not-theatre space. A group of actors arrange their stuff, start performing. A space full of life and bustle -- a market place, a street corner, a park -- stands still for a while. The theatre act interrupts the flow of life. In this interruption, it creates a different life, a temporary, makeshift world. In this illustrated talk about left-wing street theatre work in India, Sudhanva will show photos and some film clips from his work, including a clip about Safdar Hashmi, founder of Jana Natya Manch, who was killed while performing a play in 1989.
SUDHANVA DESHPANDE has been an actor and director with India's premier political theatre company Jana Natya Manch (Janam) since 1987, and has been involved in the creation of dozens of street performances. He has written extensively on theatre and cultural issues, and has lectured in several institutions in India and abroad. He taught at the National Institution of Design, Ahmedabad, and the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.