The performance takes place within the framework of Flinn Works' White Money. Download the full programme HERE.
The dreaded word money is an (un)desirable yet complex part of each artist’s life. In India, there is hardly any public support for culture. How does one reconcile the dilemma of being a “true artist” and sustenance? In her docu-fictional performance, the theater maker Anuja Ghoshalkar, as Double Agent X, searches for strategies in a hustle for survival as an artist. With videos, images, documents, testimonials, treading that unguarded border between fact and fiction Double Agent X will present narratives of characters that the artists witnesses – a government officer in the culture department, a seductive patron, the Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, the struggling artist who wishes to change the world, folk musicians, art teachers, all trying to eke out respectable living. How does she negotiate with these varied purveyors of culture, complicit in power hierarchies? By manufacturing art and playing all sides? Or staying honest to her essence? Is it possible to cultivate an equitable timbre of solidarity and humanism?
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.
CONCEIVED, PERFORMED AND DEVISED BY Anuja Ghosalkar WRITTEN BY Ashutosh Potdar VISUAL ARTIST Debanshu Bhaumik
A production by Flinn Works in co-production with SOPHIENSAELE. 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.