So it’s been a while since I’ve written here. That doesn’t mean though that a hectic semester has gotten in the way of me continuing to pursue theatre – from being involved in helping senior students with their thesis productions (we call them ‘Capstones’), to watching more shows, and reading more plays and literature. The summer took me to different parts of the world to engage in film, theatre, and everything in between and outside of.
I flew to Bangalore in India where I had the incredible experience of participating in Theater Mitu‘s South Indian Artist Intensive. By far the most exhausting but incredible experience I’ve ever been a part of, taking classes with great Masters in Kalaripayattu, Mohiyattam, Kathakali, and also chenda drumming, carnatic singing, lectures with Theater Mitu’s director Ruben Polendo and masterclasses with members of the theater company. Aside from all of this was also the opportunity to visit Hindu temples in the center of Bangalore and Jain temples in the town of Shravanabelagola in order to shape our understanding of the dramaturgy of space. While in Bangalore we also got to see Baahubali 2 in the cinema (which was an absolutely spectacular film), and director Abhishek Majumdar’s new show #Supernova with the Indian Ensemble, which explores the issue of child sex trafficking through the use of technology.
Afterwards I returned to New York City where I got to see new shows on Broadway (The Comet) and off-Broadway, inclduing long-standing immersive theatre experiences (Sleep No More). I flew off to Sao Paulo in Brazil to attend the FILE Festival, which is the International Festival of Electronic Language, showcasing works at the intersection of art and technology. In between each segment of travel I’ve been stopping in Lima, Peru which is bustling with events, including the Festival de Cine de Lima. I’ve had the chance to see the Spanish version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and a version of Shakespeare’s Othello done by Viajeinmovil, a Chilean theatre company, using mannequin heads (which was probably the most amazing show I’ve seen this year).
This summer was also about expanding my knowledge in art and technology, as I begin to pursue researching and creating my own Capstone for my senior year.
Which leads me onto what this space will include for the next few months. This site will serve – and I’m really going to make this a goal for myself – as a space for me to document my Capstone process. From taking notes, to being confused about what I’m reading, to synthesizing texts, sharing works of inspiration, and so forth. My Capstone will involve looking at the intersection of film and theatre through projections, looking at early phantasmagoria shows with magic lanterns and contemporary VJing as live video performance. On a metaphysical level I’ll be trying to gain an understanding of what the afterlife means in different contexts and cultures. All of this is in an attempt to accept or reject the notion of light as a means of disembodiment.
That’s the gist of my Captone, but of course it can change a little bit and part of the act of writing on this space will serve as an archive for that evolution in my topic, themes, thoughts, etc., as well.
Let senior year begin.