'The Water Station' - Directed by Shankar Venkateswaran || 14th Bharat Rang Mahotsav organized by National School of Drama, Delhi, INDIA
A theatre production co-produced by The Japan Foundation and Theatre Roots & Wings, `The Water Station` is a two-hour, wordless performance, written by an award-winning Japanese playwright Shogo Ohta, and directed by Sankar Venkateswaran, with an all-India cast selected by auditions across the country. Let's have a quick Photo Journey of 'The Water Station' play from 14th Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2012...
Walking through a barren landscape, eighteen travelers stop by at a dripping waterfaucet. They drink, soak, meet, love, fight, weep, separate and in the end, leave, while a man living in a junk pile casually observes their actions from above. The play is about loneliness, the need for sustenance and the fragility of love.
Without any personal comments about the play, we would like to share a review of the same play available at http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/comment_to-the-water-station-slowly-slowly_1629509 and can't comment on credibility of the reviewer in Indian Theatre.
Cast of this play includes - Munmun Singh as girl, Ravindra Vijay S as first man, Sunil Bannur as second man with briefcase, Asha Ponikiewska as girl with umbrela, Anirudh Nair as husband, Kavita Srinivasan as wife, Yeshwanth Kuchabal as person sitting on scrap, Scherazade Kaikobad as Old lady, Smitha P as first daughter, Ishwari Bose-Bhattacharya as second daughter,Mandakini Goswami, Vinu Joseph, Sunitha, Siddhartha Mishra, Gopalan
This play was showcases at Abhimanch Auditorium of National School of Drama and it was house full. Even then lot of folks were standing in the queues that they will get entry to stand around the corners. After few minutes of entry, whole auditorium was full and there was no space to walk and it was problematic for folks who wanted to leave early.
Sankar Venkateswaran's interpretation of Shogo Ohta's THE WATER STATION is an example of the kind of evocative avant-garde theatre that Indian audiences are not quite accustomed to. It features a procession of actors who traverse what may seem like a few meters on stage but with every moment stretched out lovingly (the play is performed in slow motion), each flicker of emotion acquires the quality of a full-blown tale, each gesture is drawn like a skein and woven into a texture of rich transfixing images that are frozen in time like a series of three-dimensional snapshots that capture illusions, and journeys and transformations without the loss of any small detail. Even as we pay rapt attention to the glacial pace of the actors' crossing, we are caught unaware sometimes by the uplifting cadences that waft our way despite the seeming lugubriousness of it all. It can be a difficult watch for a more restless audience, and some perseverance is required before it all pays off almost in transcendental fashion. (Courtesy - http://www.mumbaitheatreguide.com/dramas/reviews/30-the-water-station-english-play-review.asp)
The only sound in the hall was dipping water from a tap on extreme left. Various characters were coming to this place to drink water as per their thirst level and moved on. Apart from water sound, there were sounds like click-click of cameras and some noises from back rows where some of the youngsters were not able to digest the idea of this play. Many of the folks moved out of the auditorium, which may have various reasons - Like it was too late. Play started at 8:45 pm and it was 2 hrs long etc.
Here is another review written by someone who is not theatre critic, but a casual audience of Indian Theatre. He has appreciated the act and for more details, check out - http://acrazymindseye.wordpress.com/2011/05/13/thinking-aloud-about-water-station/
Check out following link to know more about the background of 'The Water Station' - http://www.cas.sc.edu/thea/2011/waterstation.html
Another experience of The Water Station can be found at http://inkpot.com/theatre/04reviews/04revwatestat.html
For me as theatre lover and Photography enthusiast, this play was ok and not very interesting. After watching this play, first time I realized that probably I like humorous plays and plays which at least has strong methods of expressions. This play was too slow for me and low lighting also challenged to take appropriate photographs. This is first time, I had to click photographs at 6400 ISO... But at the same time, many folks in the theatre were enjoying it a lot !!!
This play was extremely slow and even upto an extent that a girl took approximately 10 minutes to walk 6 meters of distance. Since most of the details about the play is already available on web, I would stop here and keep watching the photographs to complete the Photo Journey from The Water Station....
With these, Photo Journey of The Water Station from 14 Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2012 end here... Keep watching this space for more Photo Journeys from Chandalika, Vyomkesh etc..
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