Inviting applications for a performance research project:

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Arka Mukhopadhyay

May 22, 2013, 4:52:57 PM5/22/13
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The Arshinagar Project invites actors, dancers, musicians and others to apply for the first phase of a research process focussing on the performer's craft.

Using the poems of Faiz Ahmad Faiz as a take-off point, we will undertake an intensive investigation of physical and vocal process, through the aspects of breath, rhythm, physicality and musicality. Participants will be exposed to the psycho-physical approach of The Arshinagar Project towards performance making, and will also have a chance to work with master-performers from both traditional as well as contemporary disciplines. 

The first phase of this research is divided into three workshops. The first will be in Kolkata between June 17th and 23rd, the second in Delhi between July 8th and 14th, and the third in Kolkata again between July 28th and August 10th. This phase of work will culminate with a work-in-progress sharing on the 11th of August in Kolkata. At the conclusion of the first workshop on June 23rd, the research ensemble for the second and third parts will be chosen. 

Participants will need to cover the costs of their own travel and accommodation.

Participants will need to be fit enough to undertake strenuous physical work and preferably have musical ability. To apply, please send your C.V., along with a personal statement on why you'd like to be part of this process, along with any links to your work online, to:, by the 31st of May.

The Arshinagar Project

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The Arshinagar Project is envisioned as a collective of artists
and cultural practitioners from different traditional and contemporary 
disciplines, as well as practitioners from other disciplines such as 
anthropology, education and ecology, for research into performance 
as transformational action.
'Arshinagar' means 'the city of mirrors', and the name is derived 
from a song by Lalon Phokir, one of the greatest masters among 
the Bauls of Bengal - wandering mystical musician-performers who 
through embodied practice attempt to touch the unbodied.The logo 
represents the 'ektara' (literally 'one-stringed') - a drone-like 
instrument used in different forms and names in different Asian 
cultures, which has come to symbolize the Bauls.
The Arshinagar Project aims to foster a spirit of freedom, respect for 
human diversity, ecological harmony and love, among young adults, 
youth in colleges and universities, educators and others, through 
performances, immersive workshops in urban and natural settings 
based on traditions of mystical performance and practice as well as 
contemporary performance-craft, through lecture-demonstrations, 
seminars, and journeys through inner and outer spaces.

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