Day: May 9, 2018

A Voice For Peace And Human Values

With the passing away of Madeeha Gauhar, the subcontinent has lost a votary of freedom of expression Madeeha Gauhar, the remarkable Pakistani actor, director, playwright and creator of a new kind of theatre in the subcontinent that defied draconian laws of military dictatorship and dark forces let loose by fundamentalists with a view to create a humane society, died in Lahore on April 25 at the age of 61 leaving behind a rich legacy of people’s theatre. Trained in theatre in Pakistan and abroad, she returned to Pakistan, exploring traditional forms like Bhand and Nautanki and founded Ajoka Theatre in...

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“Gracie” At The GCTC Is A Terrific Theatrical Experience

Gracie By Joan Macleod, directed by Eric Coates A GCTC Production Gracie is like many eight-year-olds. She loves the doll her new best friend has given her. She really, really wants a bike. She is sad to be moving to a new home in a strange country but is comforted by having her family around her. From here, her life is very different from that of other children around the same age. Her new community in British Columbia, like her birthplace in Colorado City on the Arizona-Utah border, is part of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints—an...

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Tagore’s Enduring Political Allegory

More than a dozen years after it first opened in Mumbai, as part of a Heisnam Kanhailal double-bill at the 2006 Prithvi Theatre Festival, city theatergoers were able to catch the late stalwart’s Dakghar at the Nehru Centre in Worli in March. The play was performed at the fag end of the Theatre Olympics’ Mumbai leg and despite minimal publicity, attracted a sizeable audience itching to catch a glimpse of a master’s craft not easily accessible in this part of the world. His other play at the Prithvi Festival was the lyrical folk tale Pebet, a political allegory that was already part...

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Backstage Stories From The Mariinsky Theater Told By A Photographer

Mark Olich has been snapping the repetitions and backstage life of the famous theater for many years. He tells Russia Beyond’s Elena Bobrova about what the audience can’t see in St. Petersburg’s main theater. “Extraordinary things happen behind the curtains. An ordinary ballerina (let’s call her Masha Ivanova) can be speaking with a friend, thinking about her problems and then, taking a step forward, she stops being Ivanova and becomes the Lilac Fairy or another unearthly character. This transformation can clearly be seen in the photographs. I think this is what inspires people to become dancers and artists, this...

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