TCT WORKSPACE INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCY 2009

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will be a time to meet and workshop with certain renowned
practitioners of Modern Indian Theatre who will be invited for short
stays during this period to work with the participating artists. For this
project, The Company Theatre will also invite selected skilled and
experienced Indian performance artists to participate in the final
performance.
TCT WORKSPACE INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCY 2009
INFORMATION SHEET
THE COMPANY THEATRE
The Company Theatre (TCT) is a theatre organisation with over 15
years of experience in the creation, sustenance and dissemination of
theatrical work. Its ensemble of activities includes several
performances, theatre workshops and seminars, performancerelated studies, theatre festivals and international collaborative
ventures.
Over the last five years, our efforts have been directed towards the
fruition of our most ambitious project: The Company Theatre
WORKSPACE - an international residency for theatre research &
performance. The dream now realized, rests on 5 acres of land,
surrounded by the inspiring environs of a lake, mountains and open
fields in the Indian countryside. It is three hours away from the
bustling city of Mumbai, near the thriving hill-station of Lonavala in
Maharashtra. Led by its founder, theatre director and performer Atul
Kumar, this is a facility that provides performance artists with
uninterrupted time and space to further research and creative work.
TCT WORKSPACE
Today’s urban landscape, the world over, is marked by a pace of
living that struggles to race against time and the constant pressures
of maintaining one’s livelihood. The artist’s search has often suffered
against the back-drop of the all-consuming city, his focus often
shifted from exploration to plain existence. The importance of steady
training as a way of life cannot be undermined for the performance
artist. It is his fuel and nutrition, which can slowly get diminished in a
product-oriented world, where the artist tends to move from one
performance to the next without pausing to reflect on his art.
TCT Workspace offers the performer a refuge where one can
rejuvenate and put into one’s craft the necessary rigour and focus to
create new work. Although most of The Company Theatre’s
members belong to urban backgrounds, in its riaz (a term mostly
used in the field of Indian classical music referring to dedicated &
laborious study, devotion and practise), TCT Workspace also turns
to traditional Indian disciplines and practices that nurture the
performer’s most potent instrument – his body. Here, the artist’s
body is encouraged to tune into a very simple and basic lifestyle
where it is free from the overwhelming distractions of a city.
Alongside the emphasis on training, TCT Workspace is also a
laboratory that focuses on inter-cultural and inter-disciplinary
exchange. It is The Company Theatre’s constant endeavour to bring
together artists from different backgrounds and disciplines in order to
connect and create with each other by sharing skills and
experiences.
To ensure an extremely focused and concentrated learning and
sharing process amongst participants the project has decided to
invite only 6 foreign and 2 Indian artists.
The final phase of the project will include dissemination of the
performance. After the residential project closes, The Company
Theatre will take the performance to audiences in major Indian cities
including Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and New Delhi.
The Company Theatre invites applications for its first
residential project from performers in the creative genres of
theatre, contemporary dance and music. Through this project,
The Company Theatre is keen to initiate a long-term collaboration
with the participants.
ANNEXURE-1
STRATEGIC DETAILS
The project will provide the participants with the following:
1. Three meals per day will be provided for the entire duration of the
project. At the time of touring the final production the participants will
be given per-diems to cover food costs.
2. Accommodation and bathroom supplies will be provided in
individual furnished cottages with attached bathrooms and hot water.
3. Free laundry service for the entire duration of the residency.
4. Free Pick-up and Drops to International airports on arrival in India
and at the end of project.
5. All local transportation around the residency and inter-state travel
during the Indian tour will be taken care of by TCT.
6. Free domestic phone calls within India and common internet
access will be provided.
7. Basic medical care and first aid will be available alongside
services of doctors and hospitals close to the residency in case of
any need.
8. At least 1 visit to another performing arts residency in India will be
undertaken. This visit will be to another part of the country and all
costs involved will be borne by TCT.
9. The Company Theatre will sponsor passes for all participants to
select performances of dance, theatre and music in the cities of
Mumbai and Pune.
10. A basic stipend will be offered to all participants per show
performed during the Indian Tour. This will be competitive with
payment to Indian artists per show in Indian Rupees.
All participants must arrange the following:
For more information on the company theatre workspace
please visit www.thecompanytheatre.net
RESIDENCY 2009 AT A GLANCE
International Return Airfares
Visa to India
Participation Fee
Personal Insurance
The Company Theatre is now launching its first creative project in
TCT Workspace. The duration of this project is 7 months. It will
commence in July/Aug ‘09 and culminate in a production that will
tour India in Jan/Feb ‘10. This project will take place in 3 phases and
detailed information on each phase is provided in Annexure 2.
The Company Theatre can, with select applicants, mutually help
raise funding for the above from cultural consulates and other grant
making bodies:
WHO CAN APPLY & HOW
The first 3 months will be spent in training, craft work and research.
During this phase, The Company Theatre will invite experts and
teachers from various performance disciplines that are valuable to
and can be directed to fortify the performer’s process. Amongst
others, these disciplines include Yoga, Kalerippayattu and Voice
Training from Hindustani Classical Vocal Tradition.
The following 3 months will involve rehearsal for a full-fledged
production. This will be a devised performance piece, to be directed
by Atul Kumar- the artistic director of The Company Theatre. This
Artists of any age involved in performance activity or with a
background of performance training are invited to apply. Performers
from the following disciplines may apply: Theatre, Mime, Clown,
Puppetry, Contemporary Dance and Music. All artists applying must
be open to physically exploring the rigorous training and skill
exchange that will be practiced during the period of riaz and should
be willing to participate in the final performance that will be
rehearsed and toured at the end of the residency.
Applications must be made both on e-mail as well as in hard copy
(details in the application form). The application material will not be
returned to the participants.
All the selected participants will have to enter into an international
contract with The Company Theatre. The decision of The Company
Theatre in selection of the participants will be binding once this
contract has been signed.
The language required for this project is English.
The participation fee for the project (duration: 7 months) is € 8000.
The selection process starts from 31st Nov ’08 on first come first
served basis and will be finalised by 31st Jan ’09.
Last date for receiving applications is 31st Dec ’09.
ANNEXURE 2
THREE PHASES OF THE PROJECT
PHASE- 1
This will be a 3 month period (July/Aug 2009 to Sept/Oct 2009) of
basic training, learning and skill exchange where all the following
activities will be practiced on a regular basis.
KALERIPPAYATTU
Originally a martial art form from the south of India, Kalerippayattu
offers various exercises and routines to performers which help them
to control and apply breath and energy to their body movements at
will. Basic training in this art form prepares performing artists for the
stage at a very fundamental level, in terms of their awareness of
body and mind, concentration and flexibility. The outcome of this
training can be experienced by all performers in the areas of
removing natural blocks in the movements of the body and
empowering body expression by synchronising physical and mental
energies.
Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalarippayattu
Please note that Kalerippayattu will continue into phase 2 of the project as
well. Total duration: 6 months
UZHICHIL
Kalari Uzhichil is a body massage given by a master to the student
with hand and foot. Generally, this relieves physical tiredness,
promotes blood circulation, relaxes muscles and invigorates body
systems. It tones the musculoskeletal system and alleviates general
body weakness. By using a very unique technique and special oils,
vital body points are stimulated leading to a completely relaxed body
and mind.
Info: http://www.sreerangomayur.com/Kalarichikiltsa.htm
Total duration: 14 days
YOGA
Yoga has many forms but basically is a series of fluid body postures
and exercises done under the supervision of a master. It is essential
for every performer to learn to control and play with the highly potent
& complex ‘living instrument’. It is impossible to separate the
elements of that instrument - mind, body, breath, and energy.
Regular yoga practise helps a performer to build flexibility, focus,
stamina, coordination, balance, and a healthy sense of self.
Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga
Please note that Yoga will continue into phase 2 of the project as well. Total
duration: 6 months
HINDUSTANI CLASSICAL VOCAL MUSIC
An age old classical art form that needs no introduction, Hindustani
Classical Music, is based on knowledges in voice culture and voice
engineering. These are knowledges acquired over many years that
address the musical qualities of voice, its anatomical behaviour and
health, breathing apparatus and finally resonance systems in the
abdomen, chest, throat and head.
There has always been an understanding that a voice has to sound
and behave in a certain manner to be able to do justice to the
demands of the performer. Basic training in this art form will help our
participants in the areas of greater vocal power and energy,
improved vocal quality, texture and tone as well as voice focus and
projection.
Info: http://www.itcsra.org/sra_hcm/sra_hcm_index.asp
Total duration: 3 months
EYE WORK FROM KATHAKALI
Kathakali is a well-known dance-theatre form from South India. The
eyes being an important medium of communication for all
performers, Kathakali eye exercises daily will enable the participants
to develop focus and energy in the eyes. This will also include work
towards the basic emotions expressed by the eyes; Netrabhinaya
(The play/ act of the eyes) based on the Navarasa theories of the
ancient treatise of Indian Dance and Drama- Natyashastra.
Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathakali
Total duration: 1 month
BREATH WORK FROM KOODIYATTAM
Koodiyattam is also a classical dance-theatre form from South India
which is a few thousands of years old, now considered a part of
humanity’s intangible heritage (UNESCO). Laying stress on breath
control and its realization, Koodiyattam can open doors for all
performers to stimulate their emotional and psychological
expression. This study will rely deeply on breath patterns of
everyday life and life around us. The participants will work with
primordial rhythms of breath patterns in and around them and
explore breath patterns of the basic emotions as prescribed by
Natyashastra.
Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koodiyattam
Total duration: 1 month
RHYTHM WORK
Performers must enhance their work by developing an appropriate
inner rhythm of their being. Speed, Intensity, Tempo and Energy are
all an outcome of an inner rhythm, its realisation and control. All of
this helps the performer to develop a truthful character emotion and
a powerful connect between inner feeling and outer expression.
Combining knowledges of classical and modern performance
cultures, participants will explore the rhythms of postures and
gestures, of characters and situations, of stillness and movement.
Total duration: 1 month (2 separate modules of 15 days each)
PUPPETRY (PAVAKOOTHU)
Pavakoothu means shadow puppet play. It is a ritual art form
performed during festivals in temples with epic tales as its theme.
The puppets are arranged behind a long white curtain stretched
across the view line. Behind this curtain a row of burning lamps are
placed. The light from these lamps casts the shadow of the puppets
on the curtain when the puppeteer moves the puppets. The project
intends to explore the craft and the many ways in which it can be
extended into a contemporary expression in form as well as content.
Total duration: 1 month
THEORETICAL COMPONENT
Every month The Company Theatre will invite, for a day, a specialist
to talk to participants about different aspects and fields of knowledge
that have a bearing on the process of a performer. While some of
these will be informal sessions, some will also take the form of
lecture demonstrations. These have been envisioned as sessions of
sharing, discussing, opening up to understand each artist better and
also helping a deeper understanding of Indian performance
traditions and practices. Almost all of these will further the theoretical
understanding of all the practical work that the participants will
undertake at the residency.
VISIT TO ANOTHER RESIDENCY
At the end of Phase 1, all participants will visit, for a week, another
performing arts residency situated in some other part of India. This
will be a chance for them to work in a newer space and introduce
themselves to the craft, philosophy and way of life of that particular
residency.
BREAK
A week long period is kept aside for participants to unwind and
refresh themselves. In this period, all participants may return to
Kamshet or visit other parts of India at their own expense.
PHASE- 2
SHORT WORKSHOPS
Soon after the break, the participants will be expected to return to
the residency where rehearsals towards a performance will begin for
the next 3 months. The director, Atul Kumar, who will be present
during the Phase 1 as well, will initiate rehearsals immediately into
the 2nd phase. Germ ideas for this production will already have
emerged and maybe even discussed during the first 3 months of the
project. 2 guest artists from India from the field of performance will
also be invited at this point to join the project. They will, on their part,
bring in their skills, expertise and experience to this process. We
truly hope that at this point the project turns into an exchange
programme, facilitating a dialogue of skills and knowledges between
artists.
Once every month into the 2nd phase, as required by the growing
work and need, the project will invite other performance teachers
and practitioners to come in from various parts of India and hold
shorter workshops with the participants.
PHASE 3
The performance created out of the project will be performed and
toured immediately after the 6 month process in 4 Cities of IndiaMumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Delhi. Over a month at least 10
shows will be performed during this tour.
ANNEXURE 3
CALENDAR
TIME
ACTIVITY
DETAILS
July/Aug 2009
Jul/Aug 2009 TO Sept/Oct 2009
ARRIVAL OF PARTICIPANTS
RIAZ- TRAINING PERIOD
Sept/Oct 2009
Sept/Oct 2009
Oct/Nov 2009
Oct/Nov 2009 TO Dec/Jan 2009
VISIT TO ANOTHER RESIDENCY
BREAK
RETURN TO RESIDENCY
REHEARSALS
Jan/Feb 2010
SHOWS & TOUR
Jan/Feb 2010
PARTICIPANTS RETURN
WELCOME
KALERIPPAYATTU EVERYDAY
YOGA EVERYDAY
HINDUSTANI MUSIC EVERYDAY
UZHICHIL FOR 14 DAYS
RHYTHM WORK 1 MONTH
EYE WORK 1 MONTH
BREATH WORK 1 MONTH
PUPPETRY 1 MONTH
MONTHLY THEORETICAL EXCHANGE
WORKSHOP DESIGNED BY HOST
VISITS OR REST TIME
PREPARE FOR REHEARSALS
EVERDAY REHEARSALS
MONTHLY GUEST WORKSHOP (3-4 DAYS)
MUMBAI- 5 SHOWS
PUNE- 1 SHOW
BANGALORE- 3 SHOWS
DELHI- 1 SHOW
END OF PROJECT
DAY’S ROUTINE
Phase 1
7 to 7.30 am- Eye Work
7:30 to 8.30 am – Kalerippayattu/Uzhichil
8.30 to 9.30 am – Yoga
9.30 to 10.30 am – Breakfast
10.30 to 11.30 am – Break
11.30 to 1.00 pm – Hindustani Vocal- Voice Work
1.00 to 2.00 pm – Lunch
2.00 to 4.30 pm – Break & Tea-Coffee
4.30 to 6.30 pm – Rhythm Work/Breath Work/Puppet Work
6.30 to 8.00 pm – Discussion Sessions/Break
8.00 to 9.00 pm – Dinner
Phase 2
7:30 to 8.30 am – Kalerippayattu
8.30 to 9.30 am – Yoga
9.30 to 10.30 am – Breakfast
10.30 to 11.00 am – Break
11.00 to 1.30 pm – Rehearsal
1.30 to 2.30 pm – Lunch
2.30 to 4.30 pm – Break & Tea-Coffee
4.30 to 8.00 pm – Rehearsal/Workshop
8.00 to 9.00 pm – Dinner
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THE COMPANY THEATRE G-8, SILVER ANKLET, YARI ROAD, VERSOVA, ANDHERI WEST, MUMBAI- 400 061, INDIA
ph: 91 22 2630 1294, [email protected], www.thecompanytheatre.net
TCT WORKSPACE INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCY 2009
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I AGREE, IF SELECTED FOR THE RESIDENCY 2009 AT THE COMPANY THEATRE- INDIA, TO BE PRESENT AND PARTICIPATE IN THE
ENTIRE PROJECT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS STATED IN THE INFORMATION SHEET.
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Please send a completed application form by e-mail to: [email protected]
The last date for submission of application is 31st December 2008
Along with the e-mail application, please send a hard copy of the completed application form with support material to the following
address:
THE COMPANY THEATRE
G-8, SILVER ANKLET,
YARI ROAD, VERSOVA,
ANDHERI WEST,
MUMBAI- 400 061
INDIA
PHONE: 91 22 2630 1294
[email protected]
www.thecompanytheatre.net
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