Thus, receiving a wide acclamation, the 5th International Theatre Festival (ITFOK 2013) has come to an end. Though I’ve attended the film festivals, theatre festival is the first experience for me, a whole new experience indeed. The first lesson I learned there is, it demands a complete attention from the viewer; a disturbed mind or a single diversion from the moment will make you tough to grasp it. Further, I simply bow down before those actors; for, they really present the viewers with a hell load of performance when comparing to those so called film stars.
Well, have met actors, developing actors, and want to be actors; have also met artists, art lovers, and pretend to be artists. Well, not sure of this categorisations but, somehow, it ends up thus.
I was very cautious while introducing me whenever I showed up before those actors to exchange a token of appreciation. For, once I introduced me as “I am Britton”; “what, Britain? Oh! Our neighboring country.” So, later on, I just rephrased my intro like: “I am Britton from India, but not your neighboring country.”
The Plays that I watched:
- Fillini’s Dream (Italy) – Awesome stuff. Really stunned the audience with its special visual effects.
- Akatharo (India) – Not up to the mark. But, awesome stage setting.
- Two of Us (Romania) – Extremely a sophisticated way of communicating without a single dialogue in it.
- Oru ozhivudinakali (India) – Great story with a fantabulous concept in it.
- S*x M*reality and sens*Rship (India) – A perfect satire against the censor board and it’s ill treatment gainst an art. The most interactive play in the festival.
- Carmen (Georgia) – A dance drama which really thrilled the audience with their stunning performance. Great choreography.
- This is my body. Come to my mind. (Romania) – Very much attracted me because it’s a pure piece of philosophy than a portrait of woman’s evolution N struggle through the so-called social set ups.
- The knocking within (US) – An okay type. But, I do appreciate those performers great effort. However, somehow, it couldn’t attract the audience that much.
- Macbeth who was the bloody man (Poland) – Played twice as per the audience’s demand. Innovative N strenuous. But, I couldn’t see something that big as the media hypes.
- Mathilerikani (India) – Exuberant N vibrant.
The other plays that I really wanted to watch, but missed:
Hamlet Machine (Poland)
Petit Cheval Blanc (UK)
Indian Tempest (Indian & European Theatre collaboration)
Lynch Concert (Denmark)