Poetry in motion

Poetry in motion

India Foundation for the Arts will present Jyoti Dogra, who would be in town for the first time with her performance, The Doorway, an exploration of real and imagined stories in the tradition of Grotowski’s Theatre Laboratory, from July 23 to 25 at Ranga Shankara.
The Doorway is supported by the India Foundation for the Arts, under the Extending Arts Practice Programme.

The Doorway is a collection of stories woven into a physical narrative examining the nature of our physical inhabiting of ‘closed’ and ‘open’ spaces.
The spaces considered in the piece vary along a continuum from the literal to the metaphorical; the body’s response to space itself, and the various associations that spaces evoke and connects the diverse material.
Some of this material is loosely autobiographical; the rest has been drawn from images or impressions of life, some from fairy tales and folk songs, and some from entirely imaginary experiences.

The narratives are communicated through bodily images, gestures, and sounds (mumblings / chants), with minimal spoken text.
They sometimes feature unambiguous beginnings and endings, but, more frequently, begin in the middle and are then abandoned, or conclude abruptly, or begin independently only to subsequently merge with the others.
The piece does not look to convey the specific details of these stories so much as to use them as provocations evoking stories from the lives of the spectators, who are
encouraged to begin their individual journeys of personal associations.

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