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Nov
30
2:30 PM14:30

Connecting the Five Senses in the Actor Training of Theatre

By Gopalan Nair Venu and Kapila Venu (India)

“The objects of your ‘inner attention’ are scattered through the whole range of your five senses” – says Konstantin Stanislavsky in his treatise An Actor Prepares. The assimilation through the five senses in acting has been a unique aspect of the training methodology that was followed in Kerala, especially at the Kodungallur Kalari; that it had not been mentioned in Natyasastra makes it more exceptional. However, Balaramabharatham, the treatise on dance composed by Maharaja Kartika Tirunal Balaramavarma contains references to the association between acting and the five senses.


We review an acting exercise connecting the five senses developed by us at Natanakairali based on all the available documents for the teaching method of Navarasa Sadhana. 

For the last decade, the Abhinaya Kalari of Natanakairali at Irinjalakuda had been witnessing the efforts to introduce the Navarasa Sadhana as a mandatory part of the actors’ daily practice/training. Many dancers and actors from various fields of performance working within both India and abroad have already been imparted the primary training in this system. Efforts are continuing on this work.

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Nov
29
2:30 PM14:30

Deconstruct and Reimagine

By Seng Soo Ming (Malaysia)

Deconstruct the classics, reimagine the reality – this is the basic premise of the works of PITaPAT Theatre at this stage of practice. The meeting of classics and reality creates conflict, from the emergence of different times, cultures, and languages. Hence, it leads to the necessity of creating new forms of staging and acting to drive it. At the same time, it liberates the interpretation and creative approaches upon both classics and reality, and the actors regain the power of creating and responding to classic plays according to their own experience. That is what we are looking for. 

Insights and explanations will be drawn from PITaPAT's recent works, An Enemy of the People.At the Moment and Kakak

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Nov
28
2:30 PM14:30

Revaluing Identities - National, Regional and the Global

By Abhilash Pillai (India)

Though working for a national institution and play-directing or theatre-making for different institutions and companies, Abhilash is also seen within a visuality of a regional Kerala locale. As he works to evolve a visual language with actors and designers through exercises and improvisations - trying to define a methodology for visual language - this process has also raised the question: if scenography has a process in place similar to acting ones. Are these processes also institutionalised? How much space do we give to the student’s ideas or historical forces, which shape our own conception of spatiality? Through this presentation session, Abhilash will attempt to re-value his practice-research with a strong critical perspective and examine it as a representative example which captures anomalies and contradictions as well, raises questions of a visual language in a global context.

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