A digital performance series by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan New Delhi
Refunction is a performance series by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan New Delhi inspired by one of the core principles of Bertolt Brecht’s theatre – Umfunktionierung (refunctioning), in which the composition of a new work is in the movement and tension between material, technique and function.
In response to the challenges to performance-making in this present time, Refunction 2020-2021 has been reimagined to support work that actively and imaginatively engages with the question of what it is to produce and present dramatic work digitally.
As we try to make sense of how the pandemic has affected our lives currently, the digital medium has become a space that we are forced to interact with in almost every aspect of our lives. With this project we have been able to use this platform to challenge ourselves to look beyond the literal and the perfect and instead to place ourselves as close to the spirit of the river as possible and capture what we encounter with the imperfections of documentation. But then what of the spaces we can no longer capture? As artists are we only framing the realities we exist in?
The team: Lapdiang A. Syiem, Juban Lamar, Abigail Nongsiej, Apkyrmenskhem Tangsong, Esther Syiem, Baston Singh Lyngdoh and a community of people who have shared with us their connection to the Umkhrah and its tributaries.
This is how you move them is a performative essay looking at the role of moustaches and penises at the Wagah Border Ceremony and the role of ideology in a democracy.
Visual and Sound Design by Sijya Gupta | Website Design by Hiren Kangad & Shaunaq Madan | Performed by Ankit Pandey and Lauren Robinson | Filmed by Annette Jacob | Mixed and Mastered by Jay Panelia | Written and Directed by Urvi Vora
Abhi.Neta, Aayenge inverts the practices of storytelling: instead of hiding the structures of fiction-making, through its exploration of the themes of misinformation, the attention economy and fake news, it mimics the very real phenomenon that we currently see in the making of news - a nexus of social media hashtags generated by both fake and genuine sources that creates news in and of itself - a simulacrum of the actual news event, which no longer enters the news cycle without being mediated by the filters of social media outrage.
With: Paulanthony George, Varun Kurtkoti, Satchit Puranik and Padmini Ray Murray.
A performance series by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan New Delhi
In early 2018 applications were invited for Refunction, a programme that aspires to encourage independent theatre artists and groups to create and develop new work, and offer them the space to present it at one of the city’s most vibrant cultural hubs. The programme for Refunction was decided through an open-call application process following which, a jury selected the final projects.
Director, Actor: Shardul Bhardwaj | Devised by: Shardul Bhardwaj, Afreen Sen Chatterji, Noel Sengupta, Siraj Sharma, Palak Verma | Co-written by: Shardul Bhardwaj, Noel Sengupta, Siraj Sharma | Production Manager: Anahita Dawar | Production: Vasudev Bose, Afreen Sen Chatterji, Palak Verma | Costume: Megha Khanna | Lights: Anuj Chopra | Sound: Aditya Kapoor
The show is produced by Kaivalya Productions under Refunction, a programme by the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan New Delhi to support independent theatre practitioners in the city.
About The Group:
Kaivalya Plays is an independent group of Delhi theatre practitioners who seek to create more opportunities for women in theatre, mentor new talent and innovate theatre formats. Since 2012, Kaivalya Plays has worked with the kind support of various Delhi institutions to elaborate new performances. Kaivalya Plays's improvisation group CueLess Improv is also one of the capital's most prolific group of performers.
The performance was conceived as a part of Gender Bender 2016, supported by Sandbox Collective and Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore and has been developed as a part of Refunction, a grant provided by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan New Delhi.
Performed by Jasmine, Nagina, Nagma, Zainab | Directed by Dhwani Vij | Produced by Aagaaz Theatre Trust | Lights Operation by Ismail | Sounds by Muzammil | Light Design by Tech Quartet | Stage Management by Muzammil, Ismail