7:00 PM, 9:00 PM
Dark Things is a collaborative weaving together of bits of hardship from the new frontiers of work and suffering in the 21st Century. This world of cell-phones, silk and hazmat suits and the Afro-Asian landscape signify a world out of joint and out of moral kilter. Rebuilding a geography of crisis through the labouring body, scenographically and performatively through live music, image and sound, Dark Things takes to account histories and contemporary lives of people and the labour of living in dark times. The play is about the dark times we live in, the life of refugees, war, migration, capitalist arrogance, factory workers, manual scavengers and bone collectors.
This pluri-medial work has been thought through and workshopped within the confluence of a neo-constructivist/machinic spirit and Afro-Asian tonalities from raga to jazz. Based on a text for an Oratorio by Ari Sitas, the the project has emerged from a collaboration between Anuradha Kapur, Deepan Sivaraman and Sumangala Damodaran who used this as an opportunity to create a learning factory whose process of construction has been as important as the final work itself. Renowned musicians Chandran Veyattummal from Kerala and Reza Khota from South Africa are involved in creating the musical landscape for the production. The dramaturgy for the performance has been created by Purav Goswami, a graduate student of the Performance Studies programme.
The performance echoes this confluence of creative minds in the way it is structured as an open ended visual narrative threaded through experiences of oppression and tragedy in the late capitalist period. The performance raises intriguing questions about the human experience of humiliation, displacement and mechanization of labour in a world marked by histories of brutalities of man.