The Orientations Trilogy - Theatre and Gender - Asia and Europe
Published by Border Crossing
As well as the scripts of the three devised plays you'll find extensive discussions of the complex intercultural processes through which they were made; other plays on related themes by Veenapani Chawla and Mahesh Dattani; as well as discussions of related topics
Other contributors include; Nancy Crane, Mia Kjellkvist, Li Ruru, Ma Haili, Sarita Malik, Nick Moran, Jonathan Pitches, Ruth Vanita, Xinran, Zhang Ruihong. Foreword by Peter Sellars.
Orientations - M4,F2 ~ Lydia Baksh
Amrit, a young Asian dancer, is captivated by the folk theatre form Yakshagana, where men traditionally perform the female roles
When he suddenly disappears to India, his English lover Linda flies to Bangalore to find him
Told in a cinematic style, surprising and moving stories unravel gradually from the point of view of our two protagonists:
Linda, who has never been to India, finds that everything is not what it seems on the surface
Ande Amrit, who discovers the more complex reality of what dance has told him about body and soul....
Orientations seamlessly interweaves myth and present day narrative to tell a tale of gender and sexuality in present day India. A powerful and sexy mixed media production
"Very beautifully done" ~ BBC TV World
The play has been created through workshops with the cast in Bangalore, and with Asian community groups in London
"This volume gives a more complete look at sample intercultural productions, since we ... hear from multiple voices.... Lets readers inside the process" ~ Asian Theatre Journal