‘Page to Stage: Episode 1’ presented by Avant-garde Productions, in association with Jatrik, The Junction, and Art Hut. Brings with an innovative approach to the stage through the performance of various literary texts. Making the texts lively, spontaneous, leading towards a new door of aestheticism. The event held at The Junction, 6th Floor, House 66, Block C, Road 8, Niketon, Gulshan on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 5.30 pm onwards.

Showcasing mixed media theatrical genres, this episode of ‘Page to Stage’ offers dance-drama ‘Still I Rise’, recital performance ‘Self-willed Exile’, absurd play ‘Joyer Opekkhay’, visual poetry ‘Dhaka Shuts’ and poetry in action ‘Apolitical Intellectuals’. The event ends with raaga performance by classical music maestros from Bangladesh, Sweden, and the USA.

The event sets sail with dance-drama: ‘Still, I Rise’ written by Maya Angelou, adapted and directed by Ahmed Tahsin Shams. Performed by Priyana Virginia Gomes, Elizabeth Eti Marandy, Rose Marian Rozario, Md Saifuddin Al Quaderi, Arnab Bhattacharjee, Rashedul Islam at 5:45 pm. Which ends at 6:15 pm. This production is a mixed-media performance where classical dance, visual presentation. And age-old storytelling techniques have been implied to deconstruct the patriarchal stereotyping of mythical narrations.

Second Show Recital Performance

The second show is recital performance: ‘Self-Willed Exile’ written by Aminur Rahman. Adapted and directed by Ahmed Tahsin Shams, performed by Share Rafi, Sadia Hashim, Arnab Bhattacharjee at 6:30 pm which ends at 6:35 pm. This short performance personifies the poem and portrays a poet’s affection towards poetry in the theatrical-audiovisual method.

The next performance is an absurd play: ‘Joyer Opekkhay’, written by Sadik Haque, inspired by Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’, performed by Md Saifuddin Al Quaderi, Aditya Shankar, Rashedul Islam, Elizabeth Eti Marandy, Khaled Redwan Rafsan, Arnab Bhattacharjee, Rahin (Saxophone) and Jishnu (Guitar) which is staged between 6:50 pm-7:20 pm. At 7:40 pm-7:45 pm, visual poetry: ‘Dhaka Shuts’ versed by Nazmun Naher Shishir. Screenplay and directed by Ahmed Tahsin Shams are screened where poetry adapted. Into visual storytelling sharing the daily struggles on streets, women face in patriarchal societies.

Apolitical Intellectuals

At 7:55 pm-8:05 pm, poetry in action: ‘Apolitical Intellectuals’ originally written by Otto Rene Castillo, translated into Bangla by Prof. Dr. Azfar Hussain, staged by Shoikot Siddique and directed by Ahmed Tahsin Shams staged. The other performers are Tamjid Mia, Sourav Ahmed, Khaled Redwan Rafsan, Fahim Ali, Aditya Shankar, Rashedul Islam. Here, a mixed media performative method implied to project the role of intellectuals and their deep connection with capitalism.

The event ends with classical music performances at 8:20 pm-10 pm where Swedish sitar player K. G. Westman (Sweden), along with accompanying classical artists Pandit Ashoke Paul (Bangladesh) and Mir Naqibul Islam (USA), perform in ‘Raaga Tales’. It is to mentioned that K.G. Westman is one of Europe´s foremost sitar players in the field of North Indian classical and semi-classical music. As a senior disciple of Pandit Rabindra Narayan Goswami he has performed in India, Sri Lanka, Europe, USA, and Russia as well as for radio and T.V. Westman is one of the founders and main organizers of the Stockholm Sangeet Festival. Scandinavia as a most prestigious event for Indian classical music and dance, which has run for over a decade Page to stage.

One of our recent events was “Against violence, against harassment at EMK Centre” which was also against women violence and harassment


News Coverage: Bangladesh Post, The Daily Sun

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