The Arshinagar Project, Kolkata and Paradigm Shift present 'If It Be Now - Fragments and Impressions of Hamlet', a solo performance devised and performed by Arka Mukhopadhyay
This performance celebrates the body in its loneliness – the solitary being facing an unresponsive universe, searching for wholeness, searching for home.
The piece is based on works by Boris Pasternak, Heiner Muller, Jan Kott and others, as well as original writing and Shakespeare's play. Combining elements of structured action and improvisation, it looks, not for meaning or a message, but at experience - at an utterly human Hamlet, trapped inside a prison of words, giving birth to him in the immediacy of the now, responding as much to the physical space and the presence of the watchers, as to the universe of Hamlet. In effect, this is a passion play that tries to find illumination out of darkness.
The performance has violent images and nudity, hence viewer discretion is advised. It is open only to those above 18 years of age.
Duration: 50 min approx
Date: 14th February, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM (late entries will not be allowed, please be there by 7:15 PM)
Venue: Paradigm Shift, Koramangala, Bangalore
Entry: 200/- (prior confirmation necessary as places are limited)
Image: Ramesh Varma
Some audience reactions:
'Thank you for producing and sustaining the intensity that makes the work riveting. All the agonizing questions of our times about our self, our identity, our loneliness and the daily jousting with self-doubt find space within the illumined spaces of candle light'
'Perplexed, frightened & suddenly aware!'
'Simply amazing, complexity brings out something other than the usual'
'Thank you for thinking and having us think with you. Hamlet to Godot to Endgame?'
“The power in your eyes is remarkably transforming”
“Your breath was your music”
“What struck me is fragility. Fragility of self, society and every other thing. It’s that element that hooked me”.