JORHAT, Oct 28 - After enthralling the audience with her solo performance in Majuli � a presentation through physical theatre medium involving dance and music � and across India and abroad, Sangeet Natak Akademi Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar awardee, Shilppika Bordoloi, has now come up with another such physical theatre presentation under the banner of Brahmaputra Cultural Foundation (BCF).
Bordoloi, who is a founder member of BCF, told The Assam Tribune today about her play named, A Human Endeavour, having text in Assamese which will be staged through physical theatre medium, with the premier show scheduled at the Jorhat Theatre Hall on November 4 evening.
She said that in a physical theatre, the performance is done by using the physicality of the body as a medium, in motion and stillness, to highlight the organic connect between emotion and action.
The artiste said that the play, conceived, scripted, directed and choreographed by herself, was an �exploration to dramatise� the prose piece written by Mary Shelley in 1831, as an introduction to her acclaimed book Frankenstein.
Bordoloi said that inspired by Shelley�s piece in the introduction to Frankenstein, she has written the script for the one-hour play having 10 actors � five men and five women � with support from a Gayan Bayan troupe. She said Shelley had written the piece based on her experience of having a nightmare during her sleep.
Bordoloi, who is a visiting faculty at the National School of Drama, said the play has been scripted in the context of present times, relevant to gender, and is also a narrative of transformation of any woman who has lived through a nightmare and grown to emerge from it with power, pride, grace, beauty, wisdom, bliss and love.
She said that the play will also have nature on its focus. �We as a humanity are plunging deeper and deeper into crisis��. We are altering courses for rivers, dumping the oceans, turning up the heat, melting glaciers, burning forests, and attempting to control every aspect of nature,� Bordoloi said.
The artiste said the play attempts to share an experience and ask the questions of �what we do, our actions/karma and in the process also ask who we are and how it is for us individually and collectively�.
Bordoloi said that Paramananda Kakoty Borbayan has composed the traditional music for the play with Arnab Basistha giving the background score. Ronal Hussain has provided the light design while Kishore Bharadwaj, who has undergone training at NSD, Sikkim is the production manager.
The production has been supported by Sangeet Natak Akademi, a private company and a charitable trust.