The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a devastating blow to live performers, causing a shift towards online platforms and a decline in live performance art events. However, Maah Space, which is a movement arts and performance space in Jaipur is stepping up to provide a beacon of hope for independent artistes and performers. They are organizing a week-long showcase of contemporary and folk performance works which offers a unique platform for independent artistes to experiment, showcase thought-provoking work, and engage with audiences in an intimate setting.
FOR THE ARTISTS & THE AUDIENCE
Known as the ‘Green Door Arts Week’, the event is aimed at bringing forth creativity and innovation in performing arts by independent artists looking to go beyond the norm and experiment with the form they practice, be it theater, music or dance. Telling more about the event, the organizers, Shreeya Kishanpuria Agarwal and Kamakshi Saxena share: “Not only will this event help support and promote live performances, it will also give the Jaipur audience a chance to witness these interesting performances and artists up, close and personal. We hope to make it an annually recurring event bringing together an eclectic mix of artists.”
AN ECLECTIC MIX OF PERFORMANCES
The arts week will kick start on 3 February with ‘Fragile: a contemporary dance evening’ by dance practitioner, Kamakshi Saxena. Over the course of the week-long event, there will be unique performances such as a rendition of Hindustani Classical Music in a Morning Raga by Hullas Purohit, Film Screening of ‘Janam Amolak’, an artistic expression inspired by music and poetry of Sant Dadu Dayal, folk dance performance by Chaina and Rakesh, Kathak by Manaswini Sharma, Soundscapes – An evening of music by Tanish Khandwal, Contemporary Dance by Michel Casanovas, among others. Another interesting feature of the event will be an installation exhibit – ‘What’s for Dinner?’. It is an immersive installation designed around real-life stories of the kitchen. The installation tries to open up the conversation around the unspoken rule of women being the caretakers of the kitchen.
ABOUT MAAH SPACE
Inspired by the Japanese word, Ma (pronounced Maah), Maah is a movement arts and performance space in Jaipur. Through movement classes, workshops, community gatherings, performances and therapeutic healings, Maah intends to create a confluence of artists and art lovers from across the globe in the city. Maah has played host to over 100 artists and has been an exchange ground for the artist and the audience.
When: February 3 to 10
Where: Maah Space, S-18-19, Adinath Nagar, JLN Marg, Jaipur
Entry: For tickets, reach out to 9828411116
Schedule for Green Door Arts Week – 3rd February, 7 pm – Fragile Contemporary dance by Kamakshi Saxena
– 4th February, 7 pm – सच है या है सपना? Dance/theatre by Manju Sharma & Riya Mandal
– 5th February, 10 am – Morning Raga, Classical vocal by Hullas Purohit
– 5th February, 6 pm – Film Screening of Janam Amolak by Abhishek Kumawat
– 5th February, 7 pm- Voices of Folk, Folk dance/theatre by Chaina & Rakesh
– 6th February, 7 pm- राधेय Kathak by Manaswini Sharma
– 7th February, 7 pm- Soundscapes, Experimental music by Tanish Khandwal
– 8th February, 7 pm- Impromptu with the wind, Improvisation dance by Michel Casanovas
– 9th and 10th February, 5 pm – 9pm – What’s for dinner? आज खाने में क्या है? Installation by Maah X Pink City Feminist
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