A year ago, in the living room of Jyoti’s apartment, I watched her perform The Doorway for an audience of one – me. It stirred me, in a way that I could not understand or place words to. It is an intense, involved experience and the interpretations are as much ours as hers. The project was funded by India Foundation for the Arts under the Extending Arts Practice programme and is being performed this weekend in Bangalore.
“‘The Doorway’ is a collection of stories woven into a physical narrative examining the nature of our physical inhabiting of ‘closed’ and ‘open’ spaces. The spaces considered in the piece vary along a continuum from the literal to the metaphorical; the body’s response to space itself, and the various associations that spaces evoke, connects the diverse material.
Some of this material is loosely autobiographical; the rest has been drawn from images or impressions of life around me, some from fairy tales and folk songs, and some from entirely imaginary experiences.
The narratives are communicated through bodily images, gestures, and sounds [mumblings / chants], with minimal spoken text. They sometimes feature unambiguous beginnings and endings, but, more frequently, begin in the middle and are then abandoned, or conclude abruptly, or begin independently only to subsequently merge with the others.
The piece does not look to convey the specific details of these stories so much as to use them as provocations evoking stories from the lives of the spectators, who are encouraged to begin their individual journeys of personal associations.
The Doorway has been performed in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bhopal, Ujjain, Jabalpur, Katni, Pondicherry, Trichur, Trinvandrum, Kochii and at Ninasum in Hegaddu.”
Ranga Shankara, Bangalore, on July 23 at 7:30, July 24 at 3:30 and 7:30, July 25 at 3:30 and 7:30