2014 - Gitanjali
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Dramaturg's Message
Charlene Rajendran

In the making of a devised performance, the work of negotiation and listening is immense—especially when incorporating the varied demands of a classical literary text, traditional performance forms, contemporary dance, experimental soundscape, multi-media technology, and the varied imaginations of performers who stem from wide ranging histories of theatre, culture, politics and artistic training. It entails being able to trust the process and believe in the purpose, even when it remains unclear what the outcome will be. It requires generosity of spirit, critical responsiveness, tenacity and patience, artistry and curiosity, hope and heart—amid lengthy improvisations and rehearsals that pull and push the performer to generate material, learn new vocabularies, take risks and keep playing.