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17th edition of Old World Theatre festival to focus on next generation of Indian theatre

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The 17th edition of Old World festival will bring to stage productions that mirror the continuities in Indian from the earliest to the most contemporary with a special focus on the next generation of artistes and directors.

Organised by Habitat Centre, the annual theatre festival will witness

15 plays starting from October 20 here.

Touted as one of the "oldest and most prestigious theatre festivals", the nine-day event will create theatrical experiences through a pan-Indian constellation of original scripts from Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, and

Announcing the festival Vidyun Singh, Director Programmes, Habitat World, Habitat Centre, described the line up as a "watershed in the history of the festival".

"I am so excited to bring the Gen Next of Indian theatre to the heart of The number of original scripts marked by unexpected take offs and performance styles does clearly point to a wave of theatre groups passionate to push the boundaries to tell the stories of today.

"And it is to their passion and talent, despite all the limitations of funding and in the country, that we owe this refreshing edition that will move you out of your comfort zones," Singh added.

The theatre festival will open with "Kutiyattam", one of the most stylised and earliest forms of Sanskrit theatre and has been recognised by UNESCO as a "Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity".

The line-up will see, for the first time, a National Theatre Live Broadcast of "Julie" by British

Two scintillating all-women productions -- Beyond Borders, which explores boundaries of nationality, caste, colour, ethnicity, gender, body and mind; and DekhBehen, which is a bittersweet comedy about daughters, girlfriends, mothers, sisters, wives getting through one big fat Indian wedding -- will also be a part of the theatre festival.

"The Legend of Ila - A story in song" by Anant Dayal, "Pascualnama" and "Bhagi Hui Ladkiyan" by Dhwani Vij, and "Say What" by Avantika Bahl are some of the productions in the line-up.

"The productions scheduled to visit are of the multidimensional character of theatre today with the dynamic interplay of text with sound, choreography, physical theatre, local and people's histories to fluid genders, food, sign language and gestures to deconstruct a theatre goer's usual expectations," the organisers said.

Apart from the plays, a workshop by leading light designer, Yael Crishna, will also be organised for upcoming theatre light designers.

The festival will come to a close on October 28.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 15:35 IST