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Who We Are
We are Aagaaz Theatre Trust, an arts based organisation dedicated to creating inclusive learning spaces. We aim to nurture curiosity and critical thought while creating safe spaces for dialogue, in an attempt to weave a more equitable urban fabric. Engaging children and young adults across social and geographical boundaries, we relentlessly question ‘what is’ to probe ‘what could and should be’ to learn ways to act and perform beyond just the stage.
We have taken our work to 10 cities across the country and have performed/are performing in prestigious festivals such as Gender Bender 2016, Saharanpur Pustak Mela 2016, The Old World Theatre Festival 2018, META 2019 (we won the Special Jury Award), The Hindu Metroplus 2019, Equal Festival at Ranga Shankara 2019, Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival 2019, Serendipity Arts Festival 2019.
Facing the ruin of their nameless nation, the characters in I Want A Country set off to find a new country— struggling over their ideas of nationhood and identity, with the state of politics and the economy, and over their understanding of empathy and welfare. Written as an open text by Andreas Flourakis, in which the country is simply “a country” and the characters are “everyone”, this piece is being directed by Neel Chaudhuri and a Hindustani adaptation is underway. Through all of this and their quest to define a new world, one question emerges: is there a dream country after all? Can a society re-invent itself or will it forever remain an impossible dream?
We are surrounded by media and intellectual dialogue on these subjects, always seeking to be the final word which too often sounds like a knell. Our core group hopes to create a space where these questions can be experienced emotionally— this play is active and alert without being stubborn; it is angry but can find catharsis in debate. It is performed by young actors, the very generation faced with the critical questions of this play, who face their predicament with both urgency and light-footedness.
As we began reading the script and looking at the characters in I Want A Country, we could either say, “these people are doomed”, or we could ask the question, “how will they find their way out of this?”. As arts practitioners and citizens, we are more excited by this narrative because a question is almost always more beautiful than a statement.This approach seemed more hopeful—it suggested that we could not agree on everything, that our wisdom and experience is not enough and that the story was yet to unfold for these characters. This is how we will proceed with the performance before our audiences in Delhi this November.
Our opening run in Delhi is in collaboration with BlackBox Okhla, beginning 1st November, 2019— developing the piece in the space for a duration of two months and doing a sum total of 12 shows. We will also be performing at the Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival 2019 in Bangalore.
What role can you play?
What role can you play?
You can support us by donating towards the expenses of creating this production, as we are looking at a sum total of 7,00,000/- INR to create a performance that is not only refined in terms of aesthetics and scale, but also allows for a sustainable livelihood for all those involved in the process.
This amount covers expenses of procuring and constructing the set, rehearsal and transportation costs for three months and payments of directors, designers, the crew and the translator. It also accounts for performance fees of each of the 11 repertory members for the 12 shows in the opening run at BlackBox Okhla.
Donations of every size – S, M, L, XL are welcome. We would also love for all of you to witness our first run of shows. Those who are able to support us with INR 2000 or more, receive a personal invite for the opening run in Delhi with two exclusive passes to a show of your choice.