KOOGU (The Call)

A Devised Performance by Anish Victor

Dance Dramaturgy by Michel Casanovas

(English-Tamil, Duration: 70min)


6.45pm, Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Natyagruham



Parental Advice: Not suitable for children below 10 years


Theatreconnekt presents ‘KOOGU’ a devised performance by Anish Victor a renowned theatre person from Bangalore.

Koogu is a series of vignettes based conversations between Michel Casanovas and Anish. There was a recurring theme that appeared in every conversation – the meaning of a ‘warrior’.

As the dialogue between the two men developed it became evident that the being of a ‘warrior’ was different from being a ‘soldier’. This formed a turning point in the dialogue as it now began to explore an expanded understanding of a warrior being a healer, a defender, a mystic, a man, a woman…

The time had arrived to take the talk on to the rehearsal floor.

Koogu is based on real incidents in the performer’s life, and through these incidents, the performance explores the grey areas that exist in our daily lives. Rather than being a mirror that will reflect the truth that exists – the performance attempts to be a prism that breaks down the truth into its many hues and shades.

The result is Koogu, a paean to invoke the warrior who resides in every being. The performance employs text, dance, sound, song and music. In an attempt to break away from conventional ways of presenting and experiencing a performance Koogu blends styles and forms drawn from the Anish’s training in devarattam, silambattam and tai-chi.

Michel’s own training in ballet, contemporary dance based on  Feldenkrais method has given the performance a shape and direction. He has worked on the production as a Dance Dramaturge and Spatial Designer.

The performance is flexible in its use of space and can be performed almost anywhere. There is a degree of audience participation through the performance; however – the decision to participate is left entirely to the individual. The duration of the performance is about 70 minutes, including performer-audience interactions. Please note that the performance may not be suitable for children below 10 years.

Koogu is presented by ‘Sandbox Collective’, a Bangalore based organization committed to expanding the scope of the performing arts, and is currently sustained through contributions raised through the performances.

Admission through donor passes, available at venue from 6.00pm onward

Children below 10 years will not be admitted.


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