A tinge of warmth in the late evening breeze greets commuters stepping outside Gate No. 4 of the Mandi House Metro Station. The air is rich with theatrical energy, from the huge posters promoting the ‘18th Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ to the constant crowds of people making their way towards the National School of Drama (NSD). The annual dramatic extravaganza in India’s Mecca of theatre studies took place from 1-21 February and drew tremendous audiences. With its long list of 82 plays in 23 different languages performed by theater groups from 13 countries, NSD’s theatre festival caters to the rich metropolitan art buds of the city.
Uno Spettacolo Italiano (An Italian spectacle)
Knocking to Saturday night’s door,
foot-stomping the toasting floor.
On 6 February 2016 at 8:30 p.m., Abhimanch (the NSD auditorium) presented an Italian play entitled ‘The comedy of Harlequin and Pulcinella in Venice’. Despite being performed in Italian, the play was booked to its capacity.
Directed by Pino Di Buduo and Claudio De Maglio and performed by Italian theater group ‘Teatro Potlach’, the plot of the play followed the 16th-century Italian theater style called ‘Commedia dell’Arte’. In it, a six-character story is performed by two actors, Nathalie Mentha and Claudio De Maglio, whose dialogue is accompanied by English subtitles projected on the top of the stage.
The play revolves around the characters Harlequin and Pulcinella trying to solve the mystery of ‘the knight’. The mixture of cunning tricks, pitfalls and plot twists kept audience members on the edge of their seats for the entire show.
The characters don different masks throughout the play accompanied by traditional Italian costumes, making it as aesthetically rich as it is intriguing.
‘Uno Spettacolo Italiano’ was only one of almost one hundred fascinating performances.
Tickets for the other plays can be booked online at NSD’s website.
Theatre Bazar, a new initiative: a one-stop destination to pick up objects related to the stage. Check out accessories such as masks, stage make-up, paintings, ceramics, costumes and puppets. This one-of-a-kind initiative can’t be missed from the moment one enters the NSD premises.
Abhishek studies in CFFS (the Center for French and Francophone Studies) and works for The Informer.
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