I love traveling to India. There is always more than one reason to go there. One very good reason to book yet another flight to New Delhi is the very first workshop of our ERC research project Developing Theatre. The workshop is taking place at the beautiful India International Centre , from 29-30 September, 2017, and gathers theatre, art and media scholars and practitioners from India and Europe. Chief organiser is my colleague Gautam Chakrabarti who outlines the agenda of the event as follows:
“Post-independence India was one of the key sites where the “cultural Cold War” was fought–more often than not– with as much gusto and ruthlessness as its ideological and military counterparts. Theatre was one of the core areas in which this cultural conflict was played out between the 1950s and 1980s, with almost all the major players, both individual and collective or institutional, in contemporary Indian theatre having gone through the ’rite de tomorrow passage’ of ideological training. Academic exploration of these political contestations and problematisations of cultural practices, especially in the Indian context, have opened up larger horizons of possible enquiry. This workshop seeks to bring practitioners, scholars and witnesses of this fascinating history into dialogue with one another.”
The workshop is internal. Please find here the Final Programme.