Theater Ciudades Paralelas / Parallel Cities

Interventions in public spaces curated by Stefan Kaegi and Lola Arias

Lecture by curator Stefan Kaegi: Tuesday, 8 January at NSD

Talk with curator Stefan Kaegi: Tuesday, 15 January at NSD

Part of the 15th Bharat Rang Mahotsav

Presented by Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council and Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan.

Parallel Cities with Logo After Berlin, Buenos Aires, Warsaw, Zurich and Kolkata, Stefan Kaegi and Lola Arias bring PARALLEL CITIES (CIUDADES PARALELAS) to Delhi. In each city, this portable festival is re-contextualized and staged with local performers.

Shopping malls, libraries and campuses... these are functional places, not usually thought of as interesting. They are to be found in every city, and they are what make cities inhabitable. Their ubiquitous, parallel existences the world over mean these places are instantly recognisable, each modelled on similar rules but displaying a local face.

For ‘Parallel Cities Delhi 2013’, Stefan Kaegi and Lola Arias have invited several artists to devise interventions in these omnipresent public spaces. Four artists have each chosen a location in Delhi as observation stations for urban phenomena. As observation stations, the project makes a stage out of public spaces, and seduces the viewers into staying inside that space long enough for their perception to change. The pieces vary in form: You can listen to some of them, while others you can read or feel. The performers include a singer, others writers, passers-by and the audience themselves.

Via headphones, Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells whisper to us over the silence of a library reading-room.

Mariano Pensotti turns four authors into literary surveillance cameras who describe scenes in a campus hub as they happen. The viewers read the texts as a novel unfolding live on large screens over the heads of its real-life figures.

The Ligna activists choreograph their listeners in a shopping mall, turning their movements into a conspiratorial radio ballet.

And, late in the evening, Stefan Kaegi invites you to a roof with a view over the city to review all these experiences with a blind musician. Rewinding the experiences from his perspective you find yourself wondering what you will remember of the day.

The project makes theatre out of public spaces, and invites the audience to subjectively experience places built for anonymous crowds. Parallel Cities Delhi 2013 offers four perspectives on one city. A festival, that doesn’t transport stage sets or companies of actors but ideas.


Rooftop by Stefan Kaegi
9-14 January – 5-6 pm, 6:30-7:30 pm and 8-9 pm
Tilak Marg
Language: English and Hindi

Library by Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells
The Quiet Volume
9-11 and 14-18 January – every 20 minutes between 12 and 6 pm
National Archive, Janpath
Language: English

Meeting Point by Mariano Pensotti
Sometimes I think, I can see you
10-13 January – 5:30-7:00 pm and 7:30-9:00 pm
National School of Drama, Mandi House
Language: English and Hindi

Shopping Mall – New Delhi by LIGNA
The first International of Shopping Malls
14-18 January – 6-7 pm
Select City Walk, Saket
Language: English

Shopping Mall – Jaipur by LIGNA
The first International of Shopping Malls
12 January – 6-7 pm
Pink Square Mall, Jaipur
Language: English

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