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Posted on Nov 25, 03:49PM | IANS
Young directors, international collaborations and new interpretations will be the focus of this year's Ibsen Festival starting here next month.
Plays by Heisnam Tomba from Manipur, Sankar Venkateswaran from Trissur in Kerala and Ovlyakuli from Uzbekistan will explore new approaches to theatre, as done by Henrik Ibsen, the 19th century Norwegian playwright after whom the festival is named.
The seven plays of the seven-day fest from December 1 to 7 are "The Master Builder", "When We Dead Awaken" , "Ghosts", "The Lady from The Sea", "The Enemy of the People", "Gurrya Ka Ghar" and "Jai Jawan Party".
The Padatik group from Kolkata will open the event with "The Master Builder" directed by master of Polish avant garde theatre Wlodzimierz Staniewski.
Then, contemporary adaptations of Ibsen's plays-"The Lady from the Sea" by a Norwegian group and "Gurrya Ka Ghar" (A Doll's House) by a Pakistani group-will be staged.
There will also be a seminar titled 'Who is the Enemy?' on Ibsen's plays.
"This year the festival has been categorised differently. It is half commissioned and half ready-made interpretations. Out of the seven productions, we have commissioned five including international productions," festival's founder Nissar Allana told IANS.
"The idea of modernism in Ibsen's play is open to multiple levels of interpretations encompassing aesthetics, history, socio-political issues, economic scenarios and discourses," said festival's founder Nissar Allana.
Many conventional and established ideologies are revived as open-ended questions in the plays, he said.