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Artists perform 'Amma'. Pic © MSRIT Artists perform Classified Information. Pic © HAFC Artists perform iTheatre. Pic © WeMove Theatre Artists perform Out at Sea. Pic © Theatre Vein

BANGALORE25 Jun 2012 to 29 Jun 2012

Venue Cultural Pavilion, Grounds next to Bangalore Palace at 8.30 p.m.
Entry Free. All are welcome!
Theatre Evenings on Dream Cities, curated by Sharanya Ramprakash
There is no better medium to share stories about our lives, our cities and our dreams than the theatre. The Indo-German Urban Mela will feature theatre performances by up-and- coming young artists in the city who will tell stories that attempt to explore the theme of the Urban Mela - Dream Cities. Across 5 short theatre performances, watch as Bangalore's young theatre talent talks to you about dreams, the city, life and all things close to its heart. The theatre section in the Urban Mela encourages young talent, new writing and provides a platform for performances that are experimental, devised and original.  The project is coordinated and curated by Bangalore theatre personality, Sharanya Ramprakash.
The lineup of theatre performances:


Date: June 25
Noella and gang

About the troupe: The cast consists of Anisha Peter, ApoorvaTadepalli, ManjariChandrashekar and NoellaFerrao. Currently in their final year at Mount Carmel College, they all pursue theatre by participating in theatre festivals like Short+Sweet 2012, where their play 'ZEN' reached the gala finals. The troupe actively engages in acting workshops across the city and is currently part of different productions.

Synopsis of the performance: Three persons find themselves on a raft in the middle of the ocean. Having something to eat in 'OUT AT SEA' is not a question of what... but whom. Someone has to be sacrificed and the three are struggling to find a 'just' way to decide for the right person. The characters are Thin, Medium and Fat and represent the Lower, Middle and Upper class; while the play represents the constant tussle between these societal classes. OUT AT SEA, directed by NoellaFerrao is an absurd and macabre comedy on the edge of life. More than anything it is a comment about the idiosyncrasies of the society we live in and the individuals in it. It explores human nature and shows how in a dog-eat-dog world, politics and class oppression intrude upon even smallest of societies.


Date: June 26
Troupe: MSRIT Theatre society

About the troupe: The society is four years old and consists entirely of students of MSRIT Engineering. The society has participated in many festivals and has won tremendous accolades. Recently, MSRIT'S production 'Eelam' an original script that addressed the Indo-Sri Lankan conflict was chosen as a finalist in the Bangalore Mirror Amateur Theatre Festival. Tutored under Mr. Ratan Thakore Grant, 'Eelam' received an overwhelming response from the audience and was invited to be performed across various venues in the city.

Synopsis of the performance: 'AMMA' - an original play is a narrative of a series of stories which a mother recounts to her son. These small stories give an insight into the realities of the contemporary world. In the play the mother, limited to the little house she lives in, sits by the side of a window and narrates the happenings outside to her son. The son moves on in life but the stories his mother narrated haunt him till he finally decides to go back to the old house to encounter his fears and doubts. What he discovers there will unfold when the play is staged.


Date: June 27
Troupe: WeMove Theatre

About the troupe: WeMove Theatre is a 5 year old national repertory style theatre group based in Bangalore. The troupe has produced 9 productions and staged over 47 shows across various venues in India. Winners of 'Best Independent Theatre Company' at the recent Short and Sweet Theatre Festival '12, WeMove dreams of creating a 'Theatre ecosystem' where theatre groups work together for the betterment of theatre as a medium.

Synopsis of the performance: Written, designed and directed by Team WeMove, 'iTheatre' is a series of short sketches performed using the theatre concept of Improvisation and Observation. Each sketch has its own little devilish twist. The audience and the actors work together to create performances that are designed to showcase relationships and situations that are unique to today's world. Expect Everything in this delightful 30 minutes of truth, sarcasm and laughter.


Date: June 28 & June 29
Troupe: Header and footer club (HAFC)

About the troupe: Header and footer club (HAFC) at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) operates on a low cost, volunteer based model in order to bring entertainment and also to address burning issues through satire on campus and outside. The members of HAFC have performed various plays on campus ranging from the classical "Sadarame" (parts 1 & 2), a screenplay based on Premchand's "Idgah", Woody Allen's "God", Tagore's "DakGhar" and elf compositions in English "Safar" and "52" among many more. Recent productions such as '52' raised over 1lakh for Sri Shankara Cancer Foundation and 'Still we are saints' raised Rs.50,000 for SevaSadan.

Synopsis of the performance: Do birds of the same feather flock together? Or do opposites attract? "Classified information" explores both these idioms in equal measure. Set in today's metropolitan melting pots - full of varied people and attitudes from across the country, the play explores a mélange of delightful situations and personalities. The play also investigates the idea of "What is India?" and the various answers jostle for the same space in today's cities. 'Classified information' is a lighthearted, satirical look at life at a time when uncertainty is rife, the future in unknown and everything is possible.

Information about the artist

Sharanya Ramprakash is the creative director and founder of Bangalore's professional theatre repertory DRAMANON. DRAMANON (short for DRAMAtistANONymous) is 10 years old, with branches in 3 cities. DRAMANON has staged more than 100 shows of 30 productions across prestigious venues in India such as Ranga Shankara, Alliance de Francaise, Prithvi Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, National Law School of India Universityand National Institute of Fashion Technology.

More about DRAMANON: www.dramanontheatre.com 

Contact Sharanya Ramprakash: sharanya.ramprakash@gmail.com