Honoured to be nominated Artistic Director for ITFOK 2020. This international theatre festival of Kerala is one of the most exciting forums for theatre and live art in Asia, one that has been built together by theatre persons, writers, poets, arts programmers, and the state government over the last several years. Like me, many of you have been visiting ITFOK to perform, to participate, to speak, to watch new works, and to meet friends and colleagues. What a delight it will be to help shape the upcoming edition. Look forward to this exciting year.
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ITFOK 2020 Theme - Imagining Communities
In the age of weaponised fake news, disinformation, and unceasing attacks at the idea of culture, what should the role of art and theatre be? Should theatre bring us to ‘see the whole’ again, act to re-construct overdetermined categories of community, society, and the nation? Or should it continue to disrupt these ‘imagined communities’ by reassembling histories, by performing new alignments, calling forth new communities? ITFOK 2020 will mobilise ‘forms’ to stage this transitive contemporary. It will seek to reflect upon the state of democracy, call attention to alternative voices, and propose different futures or ways to remember. In this spirit, all kinds of performative works are welcome - proscenium plays, performance-readings, live art, promenade theatre, follow-art, site-specific theatre, game-narratives, endurance-art, documentary-theatre, intimate-plays, lecture performances, flash-drama, theatre-on-the-internet, or any other work that experiments with participation, interaction, and the political urgency of live art forms. The intention is to employ the theatric to form a community of interest, to imagine new geographies of space, of body, and of the mind. ITFOK 2020 will imagine our theatre as a deep, horizontal comradeship.