This Is All There Is When There Is All This
2018. Action score-based ‘loop’ performance for blackbox/auditorium space. Duration: 65 minutes.
In collaboration with Rachel D'Souza.
A performance created with a large ensemble of bodies, moving in an orchestrated chaos. Each body explores the idea of the ‘loop’, of re-living a series of choreographic movements again and again. The body’s loop is incremental, with every new cycle offering a subtle shift in each performer’s reality – through absence, addition, image, emotion, interaction. The bodies may meet, collide, and sometimes nearly miss each other. The performance empowers the bodies to keep fighting for their loop across space, craving to complete their movement against all odds – as a means to resist being subsumed by the collective ideology. As the choreography accumulates, the ‘loop’ also morphs into a wider collective concept: such as a compositional recurrence, or a contradictory placement of simultaneous visual narratives, or an automated geometry in space which develops through measured time frames. The experience of time becomes simultaneously personal/fictional, as well as real/enforced. The spectator’s eye delights in both – the familiar and the surprising.
‘This Is All There Is When There Is All This’ is inspired by Zbigniew Rybczynski’s Oscar-winning animated short film ‘Tango’ (1981).
Devised and Performed by:
Aakash Prabhakar, Akash Shrivastav, Atul Kumar, Atul Somkuwar, Dhara Mehta, Dheer Hira, Divyesh Vijayakar, Janhavi Pawar, Jeevak More, Kartavya Sharma, Kohmal Khanna, Mallika Singh, Niharika Lyra Dutt, Niketan Sharma, Nitya Mathur, Prashansa Sharma, Priti Shroff, Radhika Chopra, Rohit Mehra, Roshan Shetty, Rushab Kamdar, Sanket Kadam, Shreya Chakraborty, Trinetra Tiwari, Tushar Dalvi
Directed by Sujay Saple and Rachel D’Souza
Produced by The Company Theatre
Stage and Light Design: Sujay Saple
Light Operation: Adi Shastri
Sound Design: Harsh Karangale AKA Bitmap
Sound Operation: Ajay Nair
Vocal Arrangement: Gagan Dev Riar, Rachel D’Souza, Mallika Singh
Assistant Director: Samrat Chandanshive
Production Manager: Deepankar Pai
Production Assistants: Pooja Posane, Karishma Shah, Anup Sharma, Akanksha Gupta, Satish Gupta, Ram Yadav, Sayali K, Roshan Lakhe, Akshay Baghel
Publicity Design: Dhara Mehta, Atul Kumar
Performed at Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai