Presented with Diwali in BC as part of this year’s Diwali celebrations, Navarasa Dance Theater’s Encounter is a provocative performance blending daring physical theatre with bold storytelling. Inspired by award-winning writer Mahasweta Devi’s short story, and using acrobatics and original music, Encounter is the story of an indigenous woman, Dopdi, her defiance against injustice, and her communities’ struggle to uphold their indigenous way of life. It is a story that the world can relate to, a story about being the underdog and standing up to injustice. Written by Navarasa Dance Theater’s founders S.M. Raju and Aparna Sindhoor, Encounter is a passionate story of female power that delves into the struggles and challenges of the indigenous communities of India.
As part of Diwali Fest, Brothel #9 comes to The Cultch through November 27. A young woman, Rekha, arrives in Calcutta and discovers she’s been sold to a pimp, Birbal, by her brother-in-law. Adjusting to this change isn’t easy, as we see through her initial interactions with an older prostitute Jamuna, but soon she comes to shape her own destiny and find inner liberty. Continue reading
On October 30, Carousel Theatre for Young People celebrates the first night of Diwali with the opening of Sultans of the Street by award-winning Canadian playwright Anusree Roy. A touching and funny tale of colliding worlds, Sultans of the Street features the courage and tenacity of children in the face of adversity on the streets of Kolkata, India.
Touchstone’s first production of the 2016/17 season is Brothel #9 by Anusree Roy. The final directorial offering from Artistic Director Katrina Dunn, the show stars Vancouver native Laara Sadiq in the lead role as Jamuna and rising star Adele Noronha as Rekha. Rounding out the cast are David Adams as Birbal and Shekhar Paleja as Salaudin. Continue reading