first_imgMovies gets fame, television gets wealth, but it is theatre that gives the greatest satisfaction, say most theatre veterans. Om Puri who passed away and had been a veteran of the National School of Drama often said he never got from cinema the joy he got from acting on stage in the presence of a receptive audience. It is that rapport with the audience that keeps theatre alive.Delhi’s Tadpole Repertory and Tokyo based theatre collective Hanchu-Yuei have collaborated to add new flavor to modern theatre with “This will only take several Minutes” at OddBird Theatre and Foundation, New Delhi on February 2 and 3 – presented by The Japan Foundation, New Delhi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”This will be the opening performance for the Japan Foundation New Delhi in 2017, The Year of Japan-India Friendly Exchanges, and will be a representation of the great relationship between the two countries”, says Misako Futsuki, Director of Art & Cultural Exchange at the Foundation.’This Will Only Take Several Minutes’ is set in a city not far from yours. Six strangers confront themselves and each other, seeking out their place and purpose. They grapple with hunger and sickness, love and solitude, through their shadowy pasts and the foggy present. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive In all of this there is but one certainty – that they cannot escape this place and must try anything they can to bear it.Tadpole Repertory is a theatre collective of actors, writers, musicians and designers. The group is dedicated to presenting original written and devised performances on subjects that are relevant and compelling to audiences today. The approach to stagecraft seeks to rise above the limitations of independent theatre in the country, and to push its boundaries and conventions. Tadpole’s productions include Taramandal (2010), winner of the Hindu MetroPlus Play-writer Award in 2010; a critically acclaimed production of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, A Brief History of the Pantomimes and NDLS, a variety sketch show about life in Delhi. Futsuki added, “It’s been a great pleasure for me to organize this project. As a director of Arts & Cultural Exchange Programme at the Japan Foundation, New Delhi, I strongly feel the necessity of cultural projects in more mutual ways to learn from each other, not just showcase from one side only in this emerging global society. The play is the result of a three-year journey from Tadpole founder Neel Chaudhuri’s first encounter with Suguru’s practice in Japan in 2014.”Collaboration sounds beautiful, but not always so beautiful. There are some difficulties when different cultures meet. However, as the two theatre groups do in this project, if you try to understand and learn from each other, there will always be something wonderful there,” Futsuki said.Playwright and Director, Suguru Yamamoto has attracted attention in Japan and Asia for his unique style of staging that combines projected text, photography, video, color, light, and shadow with performers, as well as his scripts that question our ethics. His play “Girl X” won Best Play and Best Original Script award at the Bangkok Theatre Festival in 2014. Another play, “I can’t die without being born”, was shortlisted for the 59th Kishida Kunio Drama Award in 2015.last_img

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