Kolkata, Oct 16 (UNI) Comprising five performances of two plays in the intimate, private spaces of Goan homes, Serendipity Arts Festival 2018 presents Theatre at Home in Goa from October 18 to 23.
This is a unique project that pushes the theatre discipline beyond defined boundaries. Moving away from the proscenium (the frame or arch separating the stage from the auditorium, through which the action of a play is viewed) these performances are set to explore fresh avenues – utilising non-traditional performance spaces, creating public interventions and offering audiences alternative perspectives into the performance space.
Conceived by Atul Kumar who will curate the Festival’s Theatre programming along with Arundhati Nag at Serendipity Arts Festival 2018, this unique series of precursor performances are aimed at redefining theatre for Goa audiences, and further Serendipity Arts Festival’s commitment to creating tangible change across the country’s cultural spectrum by engaging the public.
Goa residents will have the opportunity to experience these unusual plays in unconventional public spaces such as The Museum of Goa, Gunpowder and The Village Studio. This will be the first in a series of multidisciplinary arts activations that will energise Goa in the lead up to Serendipity Arts Festival 2018. Initiatives like these are an integral part of the Foundation’s mission of making the arts accessible and developing arts audiences both in numbers and in diversity.
About the performances and his vision Atul Kumar said, ‘If people do not come to the theatre, we will take theatre into their homes! Theatre at Home is about allowing theater be personal, and adapting it to different and unconventional performance spaces. We are providing a new platform for artists of repute and furthering performance culture through these smaller and more intimate spaces which inspire dialogue between performer and audience. This project reflects the Festival’s programming this year and furthers Serendipity’s goal of being open, inclusive and instrumental in bringing the arts to the people.’