The Post Natyam Collective’s web-based, creative process on the global translations of cabaret with guest director Aditee Biswas
About Cabaret Travels
Cabaret Travels explores cabaret’s translations across South Asia, Europe, and the US with guest director Aditee Biswas, using the Post Natyam Collective’s signature web-based creative process. Starting June 2013, the collective members along with guest director Aditee Biswas rotated giving readings and creative assignments around the theme of cabaret/Kabarett. Our complete process is housed on our blog — our “cyber studio.”
Director’s note: Why Cabaret?
I personally have been interested in doing a project studying the journey, adaptation and appropriation of cabaret to the Indian subcontinent from its arrival during British Colonization, to its entry into the Indian film industry, to exploring its possible intermixing with other dance forms and the creation of its new identity. I was particularly interested in looking at the dancing body in popular culture and the kind of social/political/gender commentary it might make. Working with the Post Natyam Collective on this is particularly exciting because of the Collective’s presence in Europe and the U.S., as well as India, which can contribute a more global lens to the spread and intricate interweavings of influences across continents. -Aditee Biswas
About the Guest Director:
An Erasmus Mundus Scholar and a MA in International Performance Research from the University of Warwick and Universiteit van Amsterdam, Aditee Biswas completed her master’s in Theatre techniques and Design from the National School of Drama (NSD) in 2004.
Having associated with and designed for many eminent theatre directors from India and abroad, Aditee creates interdisciplinary, intercultural, dance/movement based work, largely dealing with the themes of gender, identity and politics of the body. Her play Portrait of Dora featured at the Theatre Utsav’08, and was followed by Untitled that premiered at the NSD Repertory Company’s Summer Theatre Festival in 2008. In/Out/In, a dance theatre piece created in collaboration with the Max Mueller Bhawan, New Delhi and dancers from India and Germany, premiered at the Theatre Utsav 2010.
A visiting faculty member at NSD, she is presently involved in directing an ensemble performance piece inspired by the life of an artist. September 2013 will see the premier of Unfinished, a dance-theatre piece inspired by the life and work of the modern Indian painter Amrita Sher-Gil, created in collaboration with choreographer-performer Sandra Chatterjee.
This project is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Network of Ensemble Theaters’ Touring & Exchange Network (NET/TEN), supported by lead funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.