Guwahati, March 20: Guwahati is one of the co-hosts for the 8th Theatre Olympics which is being held for the first time in India. On Tuesday, the Madhavdev International Auditorium at the Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra in Guwahati saw the performance of Portuguese play Jailhouse directed by Vinícius Piedade from Brazil.
The play presents a week in the life of a pianist who is in prison and will be a hostage in an imminent rebellion. He experiences a countdown and expresses his expectations, impressions, memories and thoughts in a diary that starts on a Monday and ends on a Sunday when the riot breaks out.
Director Vinícius Piedade’s plays are the result of researches and personal development, always counting on essential collaborators. The main propose of the presentations is to delve further into human existence through the characters in extreme situations. He condenses in his interpretations a mix of several theatrical styles ranging from free improvisation to the movements inspired by contemporary dance, from the non-conformist comedy to scores of mime. The work aims to lead the viewers to participate in the plays as co-authors of the theatrical achievement.
On Wednesday, the Theatre Olympics will see the Hindi play Panchratram narrating the story of brotherhood and peace, a stark contrast to Mahabharata’s story of catastrophe which ends in bloodshed. Directed by Vyomkesh Shukla, the playwright is based on an episode taking place among the Pandavas, Kauravas and their Guru, Dronacharya.
The Guwahati chapter of Theatre Olympics 2018 is organised by National School of Drama (NSD) under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Government of India and in collaboration with the Government of Assam. The Guwahati edition of the festival will end on March 25, 2018.