Mohile Parikh Centre for Contemporary Culture (MPC3), Bombay
March 25th, 2005
7.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Theatre Essay on Multiple Borders

Luggage: baggage, belongings, personal things, treasures, property: the stranger as the one who comes and stays; the beggar or homeless person who impels a sense of duty; the foreigner who interrupts the daily rhythm; the traveller who drops out of continuity.

The performance seeks to assemble ideas with a long history of translation and adaptation into Indian languages such as those of Brecht. Less familiar texts from Georg Simmel and Walter Benjamin will be put together with contemporary Indian writings such as those of Mahasweta Devi in conjunction with contemporary reportage.

The performance explores the meaning of various boundaries, limits and restrictions – inscription is used to differentiate the start of one sort of control against another – those that confront us in ordinary and extraordinary circumstances. It will be enacted by Harish Khanna and Chandran V will provide live music. Concept: Anuradha Kapur.

Anuradha Kapur in (Delhi) is Professor of acting and direction at the National School of Drama, New Delhi and co-founder of Vivadi, a working group of painters, musicians, writers and theatre practitioners. She has taught and directed in India and abroad and most of her directorial work has been in collaboration with visual and video artists. In 2003 she was invited to curate the performance window, “actors at work” at, an event citing contemporary Indian culture at the House of World Cultures, Berlin.



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