Sophienstrasse 18
10178 Berlin-Mitte
Saison 24/25

Anuja Ghosalkar:
I Promise the Bearer...

I Promise the Bearer_Anuja Ghosalkar_credit Debanshu Bhaumik
Anuja Ghosalkar:
I Promise the Bearer...
Performance
In English

NOVEMBER 17 as double bill with Tempor(e)ality
NOVEMBER 18 as double bill with My Dance
NOVEMBER 20 as single show

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This solo performance takes us through the everyday journey of a female artist in India. Her dreams, desires, struggles to be an artist in a rapidly changing social landscape. The show playfully takes on the exotic stereotypes of India in the West. But the lighthearted tone of "what it means to be an artist" amidst the complex and murky terrain of funding and white money, gives way to the central theme of the show––is money the greatest object of fiction? For which we trade lives, bodies, loves. Living through a pandemic what then, is the promise of the person or bearer who carries this object of fiction? Through the show, the artist attempts to make and distribute money created using techniques of printing making –– the lithograph and the woodcut. Does this tactile method of making fictional currency lead us to a more humane existence?

The performance lasts about 55 minutes. It is mainly in English spoken language with some Marathi and Hindi and uses written English. It makes use of projections of photos and text with solid colors. At times the images are moving and the colors are changing quite fast. One of the projections is a short video of black and white rapidly moving circles. The mechanical sound of a printer is being used throughout the piece. There is little interaction with the audience that requires some verbal participation. The piece includes a few references to colonialism and oblique references to sexism and rejectionisim. It is suitable for an audience of 18 years and above. The audience area on the grandstand is seated. There are two wheelchair spaces and one beanbag seat that can be reserved by phone or booked via the online ticket shop or at the box office, if available. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Gina Jeske at jeske@sophiensaele.com or 030 27 89 00 35.

Conceived, Performed by Anuja Ghosalkar Written by Ashutosh Potdar & Anuja Ghosalkar Performance Design Rebecca Spurgeon Visual Artist Debanshu Bhaumik Light Design Vikrant Thakar Costume Design Marvin D'souza Lithographs & Woodcuts Atelier Prati Rehearsal Assistance Rodrigo Zorzanelli Cavalcanti

A production by Flinn Works in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe. In cooperation with the Institute for Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim. Media partner: taz.die tageszeitung.

ANUJA GHOSALKAR is the founder of Drama Queena – Documentary theatre company in India. Her practice focuses on personal histories, archival absences and blurring the hierarchies between audience and performer – to extend the idea of theatre to create audacious work. Iterations around form, process, modes of media, sites, technologies, reclaiming narratives on gender & intimacy are critical to her performance making and pedagogy. Her work has been programmed by University of Oxford, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Forum Transregionale-ZMO, and the University of Frankfurt am Main. She curated an international workshop series on documentary theater together with Gob Squad, Boris Nikitin and Rimini Protokoll. At Serendipity Arts Virtual 2020 she was co-curator of VR performances.

I Promise the Bearer_Anuja Ghosalkar_credit Debanshu Bhaumik
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