January 7, 2013.
Confined was invited to be a part of the Bharat Rang Mahotsav Theatre Festival 2013 program. The largest theatre festival in Asia, the Indian Festival hosts both national and international works in Delhi, annually.
The week leading up to the performance, we met and collaborated with Indian artist, performance catalyst, director, and designer Abheesh Sasidharan. Abheesh worked with us on new video design elements in the work – previously recorded whilst in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, at the Old Cellular Gaol in Port Blair. Abheesh also helped in finding five local actors for the show, as well as being a wonderful translator/communicator – when at times it was needed
We got to work closely with the carpenters of the National School of Drama, where they custom built the set design concept for the installation. As well as the incredible technical team of the Festival. The remarkable Kieren Sanderson also joined the team again in the capacity of production support. Kieren has been in India for the last six months working on the Australian Cultural Festival – OzFest.
Myself and Younes are looking to return to India to develop a new collaborative work that will extend and develop these exciting relationships.
Directed: Younes Bachir
Producer: Tammy Brennan
Soprano: Tammy Brennan
Composers: Barton Staggs, Tammy Brennan, Sofie Loizou
Design Concept: Younes Bachir and Tammy Brennan
Video Design and Catalyst: Abheesh Sasidharan
Video Artists: Ben Ward, Aleksei Vanamois, George Evatt, Tammy Brennan
Production Assistant: Kieren Sanderson
Actors: Supriya Babbar, Vishal Sharma, Kritika Pande, Ashima Sharma, Manish Jalui
A very special thank you to Younes Bachir, the Festival, the National School of Drama and Festival Technical Team.
This performance was supported in part by Arts NT.