Experimental theatre at JKK
Jaipur, 10 March: Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) is set to host the second edition of its performing arts festival ‘Navras’ from 18 to 26 March. Enigmatic play White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour will be performed on 23 March at 4pm at Rangayan, JKK. This absurdist experimental play places nothing between the actor and the audience – no directorial vision, no production design and no technical histrionics. The script is handed over to the artist on the stage and s/he then has to improvise and make it interactive. The unfolding performance assumes different interpretation each time.
The play has been performed across the world, has been translated into 20 languages and has won a clutch of awards. It was written in 2010 and is inspired by Nassim’s experience of opting out of national service because of which he could not leave his country. The play focuses on exploring the unknown and moving away from what is comfortable. It was first performed at the 2011 Edinburgh and Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks festivals. Since then it has been performed by an array of A-list actors.
This year the programme of ‘Navras’ is focusing on the shift proscenium based theatre. In an attempt to introduce the audience to alternative viewing strategies, several experimental productions like White Rabbit Red Rabbit have been invited to Navras.