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Over two days in October 2023, Jana Natya Manch, India, and Radical Evolution, New York City, will come together in a theater workshop to learn strategies and techniques from each other.
Their time together will culminate in a gathering where the two companies will present a short theatrical sketch they have created, and host a series of talks, short workshops, and presentations that explore ways and methods for theatre people and their work to be aligned with grassroots and community organizations. This event will be of interest to actors, community organizers, theater directors, trade unionists, musicians, academics, writers, visual artists, political activists, and all who are interested in the intersections between art and politics and/or engaged in the production of political art.
Times: Fri 10/20 5-9 PM & Sat 10/21 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Location: The People’s Forum, 320 W 37TH ST
Jana Natya Manch (Janam, established 1973) is India’s best-known political theater group, based in New Delhi. In its 51st year, this group of self-trained volunteer artists have performed over 10,000 shows of over 120 plays all over India and in Palestine, South Africa, Britain, and the US. They’ve also led workshops and given talks in several countries. In 1989, Safdar Hashmi, a founder-member of Janam, was killed when the group was attacked while performing a play in support of working class rights. Janam has close relations with trade unions, women’s and students’ organizations, community organizations, and other activist groups. It sees its work as springing from, and contributing to, mass movements for social and economic justice.
Radical Evolution (RadEv) is a producing collective committed to creating artistic events that seek to understand the complexities of our multicultural existence in the 21st Century. We use an ensemble-based approach to create aesthetically and formally rigorous events that bring together people from disparate backgrounds, to break down barriers between cultures and creative practices. We collaborate with people from many different identities with whom we build capacity to relate to each other across difference, with a focus on people of color, to seed the field of performance with practitioners that celebrate the intersectionality of perspectives and aesthetics of the city around us. Through this approach, we work to assert a vision for cultural and social equity in our field, city, and nation.
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