Help 'Our Theatre' create new original work & run its training program

Dear Patrons, Friend and Artists,

Our Theatre needs your support for continuing its ongoing ‘Actor Training Program’. and to create its next (5th) production.

This program was initiated by Vivek Vijayakumaran
(artistic director, Our Theatre) with a vision to bring in the required seriousness, rigour and discipline towards ‘training’ among young and upcoming actors in Bangalore.

The Trainer
Vivek Vijayakumaran (Actor/Theatre Facilitator)  has been part of a constant learning process for over 10 years facilitated by some of some of India’s  most  renowned theatre stalwarts and masters. Below is a brief profile about the training he has undergone and his work. 

A student of Adil Hussain
(Actor/Actor Trainer).
  • Vivek’s training includes two years of Playback Theatre .A workshop at Adishakti Theatre Arts Laboratory(Pondicherry)
  • Brief training at the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts and the Kalari Academy of Performing Arts in Contemporary dance and Kalaripayattu (Martial Art)  
  • Trained for over 2 years in Kutiyattam (Classic Sanskrit Theatre) with Shri Sooraj Nambiar and with Shri Venu G in Navarasas.
  • Masterclass with Shri Kanhailal ji and Sabitri ji at Kalakshetra (Manipur) .Trained with Anmol Vellani on Voice and Text.   
He has also worker extensively as a facilitator and storyteller for children across schools,corporate, bookstores, libraries and slums

Participated in a national conference on alternative education methodologies organized by the learning network in West Bengal (2008)      
     
Recipient of the Inlaks India Theatre Award-2012 .

His latest work BHIMA has been performed across India to much appreciation and acclaim (since 2015) , including at an international festival in Colombo(2016)  and was featured as one of the 10 best plays at META 2017
(Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards) with 7 nominations and 1 win .

Review - Interview
http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/art-and-culture/revisiting-the-myth-4562574/
 
Vivek was recently featured in Forbes India life
(Oct ,2015 issue) as as one of the 12 theatre practitioners who are pushing boundaries and innovating in India today.

The Training Program
It is only on the foundation of strong training that she/he can be prepared for the ever evolving/varying nature of one’s art. They are going to be our actors of tomorrow and it is very important that they raise the bar for all of us.This is the first time at Our Theatre that a ‘training’ program of this magnitude and length is being attempted. The intensive 11-month course comprises 
  • Physical training
  • Exploration of the Navarasas
  • Discovery, reading & performances of classic & contemporary plays 
  • Weekly discussions of socio-political issues. 
Apart from preparing the body, the course inculcates  a strong sense of embracing multiple realities which could inform their aesthetic sensibilities and develops an awareness about the role of theatre in the socio-political-cultural milieu.

We have had 2 public performances (not ticketed) of a play till date  and received tremendous response. 

It is very important for us to work and rehearse in different spaces, to enhance and deepen our understanding of space and its relationship with performer/performance.

We aspire to create a full-fledged production with all the participants to culminate this program, which hopefully will live up to the standards of performance we see in Indian theatre today.Any contribution will go a long way in inspiring the spirit of this program and its participants.

We have 6 participants in this program; Poorvi Sardar, Abhishek Chauhan, Abhitej Gupta, Rahul Thomas, Aravind Ratheesh, and Aditya Nair. They put in a minimum of 40 hours of work per week.

We are seeking financial support for the following
  1. Production budget - includes honarary payments to all collaborators  (2,00,000/-).
  2. To hire  different ‘work-spaces/studios’ (70,000/-).
  3. To partially support the participants (some just starting out as full time theatre artists)  (60,000/-).
We shall be very gratified by your support and you are welcome into any of our sessions or performances to know what difference your contribution is making.

To know more about Our Theatre check out our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OurTheatreCompany/?ref=br_rs.

Here is a YouTube link that gives you a peak into our sessions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEp7B1LjBrk

Please feel free to reach out to us at ourtheatrecompany@gmail.com  for any queries or questions that you may have.

*More pictures below

Thank you!


 
 



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7th April 2018
Dear Patron,

Warm Greetings!

Hope this mail finds you well!

We have been progressing well with our work and had the second 'work in progress' showings on the 28th and 29th of March. The writer now is in the process of writing the 1st section of the play.

We also hope to know the date of premiering this new work sometime this month. So hopefully in my next email, I should be able to tell you.

But what seems like a new challenge is that the production budget from the intended 1,7 Lakhs has shot up to Rs 3.4 Lakhs . The primary reason for this being our need to pay an honorary amount to all our collaborators and also rentals for hiring space. The date for premiering this piece was planned for May earlier and now it has got pushed to July and all of this has affected our earlier projection of the budget.Sincere apologies !

Hence I request each of you to help us as much as possible to help us achieve our new target amount. Kindly do share this campaign with as many people as possible

Thank you!

Warmly
Vivek 

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Rs.177,212
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All the best !!!

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Parth donated Rs.2,500
15 days ago

Maccha.. my 2 cents

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Siddhartha donated Rs.1,000
15 days ago

Vivek, keep up the good work man.

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15 days ago

All the best

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