Duration: 1hour 30mins.
This project is based on Henrik Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman and texts by the Raqs Media Collective.
The performance is a response to Henrik Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman rather than an enactment of it.
Stage directions from the Ibsen script and texts by the New Delhi-based Raqs Media Collective, which construct a landscape of larger histories, are used as the spine of the performance. The use of monologue (instead of dialogue) and the analytical, annotative texture of the stage directions provide moments to step away from the immediate emotional landscape of the play, allowing for personal history to be reflected upon rather than felt.
Commissioned for the Delhi Ibsen Festival, 2009.
12th Theatre Utsav, National School of Drama, January 2011