With a focus on street performance, this year’s festival stretches the stage beyond the proscenium. Multiple venues spring up in unlikely places, ranging from town hall to swimming pool, to host spectacles from around the world.
Audiences can choose from shows by 16 international theatre companies and 8 Indian ones besides 7 in Malayalam.
The curators of this year’s edition have chosen works that expand the reach of the performances as well as reimagine public spaces, stimulating a reassessment of our quotidian perception of city and society.
They will inspire you, as curator Anuradha Kapoor says, to “reimagine the street; cars, buses squares, crossroads ... all thrown up in the air and recombined as theatre objects, scenery, reality...” inviting you to “plunge into the real word as it enters fiction, or as fiction enters the real world”
By bringing performance out into the open, the artist initiates a dialogue that is more direct, less cocooned and situated in relatable, everyday surroundings.
Street Theatre and Performance
Art making in times of extreme cultural and economic nationalism
Digital interfaces in today’s theater
Speakers include Aubrey Mellor, Anuradha kapur, TT Sreekumar, Erin Mee, Dr CS Venkiteswaran
Acclaimed writers and researchers come together at the Sahiyta Akademi to debate and discuss the nature and role of the dramaturgical process today
Practising art journalists get together to present their thoughts and confront the challenges facing art writing.
On 4 consecutive days renowned theatre makers will give talks to audiences at the School of Drama on subjects such as Scenography and Theatre Pedagogy.
They will apply the improvisational and devising skills employed during their residency, journeying from idea to discussion, improvisation to narrative and then to performance.
La Patriotrioco from Chile will be in Thrissur to create work that is part spectacle, part political statement and reflects the nature of the politically charged environs in which we live. They too will be recruiting from among applicants from the general public to spend time with in a workshop process which will lead to the creation of the final performance piece in the style of flamboyant spectacle.
The Regional Theatre, KSNA
Bharat Murali Theatre, KSNA
Black box, KSNA
Thekkinkadu – the Round
Kerala Sahitya Akademi
Nehru Children’s Park
North Bus stand Road
Teatro Dei Venti
This is not a Theatre Company
Merlin Puppet Theatre
Asakta Kalamanch, Pune
Performance Studies Collective
Ambedkar Univ. Delhi
Ebong Amra, Burdwan
School of Drama, Thrissur
Mein huun Yusuf aur ye hai mera bhai
The Cabinet of Dr Caligari
Misty Mountains of Mahabharata