Theatre

Our Vision For Theatre

“Theatre for me is not only about playing parts. It is about living them, healing them, empowering them. To show me and the people around me what can be done, what should be done, what options are always available to each one of us.

Life does not give us the time to try out different options.

Theatre does.

There are no dead ends in the world. There are only opportunities, challenges, doorways. We do not usually give ourselves the time to explore them. In our hurry to live life, we miss out on life itself. Theatre is where we can train ourselves not to miss out on life itself when it presents itself to us. We live lives through theatre. These are not only roles, these are lives.

The characters are real, the situations are real.

Theatre is not make believe, it is belief in making life – Making life the way we want it to be.

Theatre is not entertainment for me. It is an experience every time. Through every show, I experience life. Therefore I enrich myself, and collectively, we enrich the Universe by allowing the characters to play out different options.

We make it possible for different options to be lived in life, sometime, somewhere, some place – By someone who we represented as a character.

Theatre therefore is our responsibility to life.

We create scenarios so that the Universe can create opportunities for you.

We play out your lives so that you may make aware choices.

We live your pain so that you might heal.

We live better options so that collectively, we make the world turn around with love, the way that it should be.

Awareness without love can be dangerous.

Love without awareness can be irresponsible.

We intent to make the world flow in aware Love energy, in lots of Violet Gold!”

– Dilip Shankar

(this passage is a dialogue between a bunch of people, written and enacted for the launch event of the Violet Gold Festival in 2005)

Our Plays

All the plays developed at the Centre for Creative Expressions are expressions of Love Energy flowing through us in the physical dimension.

Finding Shams

One man show on Rumi and Shams

It is a very special journey and a very special bond that a Master shares with his disciples. Just as a true Guru is a delight and a treasure, so is a dedicated disciple. Both learn from the interaction. Both get enriched from the experience. And both can then transcend into Divine Love. That is the true potential of such a bond, and such a journey.

Rumi, the Sufi saint, also shared such a loving bond with his Master, Shamsuddin of Tabrizi. What flows through Rumi as his expression, is also the Love that flows through them and their journey together.

Karmic Research Centre and Centre for Creative Expressions present to you an opportunity to share the flow of Love Energy between Master and disciple, as we go through the journey of Rumi and Shams (as Shamsuddin is more commonly known as).

Finding Shams is an expression of this experience, through a one-man show presented to you by Dilip Shankar.

Duration: One hour

Prem Ki Paribhasha

A play that defines what Love truly means

A play in Hindi trying to define the complexity of Love.

In a land where Love has been expressed, explored and experienced, in all the hues and colours possible for human emotions.

Set in a very romantic ambience, it pays tribute to the beautiful, empowering and musical understanding of Love by the lyricists of the past.

The play uses old film songs to portray, discuss and define the subtleties of Love, as also the true strength of Love.

The range of emotions tackled varies from the innocent to the depth of maturity.
It takes us from the helplessness of Love, to the empowerment of Love.

In a sense, the play spans the emotion of Love to the Power of Love.

Duration: One hour

In November 2007, Prem ki Paribhasha performed for the indian army. Over 6 days, we held 8 performances at Jammu, YOL and Mamun for Jawans, officers and families.

To be … Love
Conversation of a mother and her child to be

Love causing life or life causing love – maybe both.

A lovely relationship comes into being when a child is conceived, that is, if it is conceived with love. A relationship nevertheless. The most crucial time of life, if you ask us. The most impressionable, vulnerable, and yet dynamic relationship of all.

What does a child think of when a to be mother talks to it? Is it amused? Angry? Irritated? Or excited?

The most enriching dialogues can be had with your child if you are a mother to be. You know why? This is probably the only time in your child’s life when you get such complete, 100% attention. Doesn’t it make sense to make the most of it, and talk to your heart’s content with your child to be?

to be … Love
a one woman show (with her child to be)
by Mandakini Goswami

Duration: One hour

Karm Nishtha

dialogue between Arjun and Krishn

This is the story of the Gita – the most inspiring and timeless document of knowledge and wisdom. Delivered in a simple manner as a dialogue between Arjun and Krishn, it can also be understood as a dialogue between the seeker and the teacher or between the human being and God.

To me, it also seems like a dialogue between the human being and its higher self. Tapping the Universal wisdom together, the self seeks to grow more and more insightful and then applies these insights to its life …

with Adil Hussain

The Power Within

The journey of empowerment
A tentative woman becoming an empowered one as she comes to terms with the power within her.

The journey of realization of oneself, as she understands life, people and relationships. Life triggering the power within and the power within translating into life.

3 ABC – Triangle of Power
A light play on choices in conflict

A threesome discussing ideas and actuals.

Casual conversations leading to profundities.

The discussions of attitudes do not really convert, do they? At the most, we agree to disagree. Nothing wrong with that.

So let’s say discussions are really sharing of ideas, and the knowledge that contradictions can co exist.

The Circus Beyond

A play on priorities of life

The Circus Beyond is a critical comment on what we think our priorities in life are.

In the whole quagmire of desires, wants and needs, do we sometimes forget the essentials of life and living?

Interestingly juxtaposed are interactions of children and adults with a person who knows things as they truly are.

Time to ponder maybe of what we really need to live, to love and to laugh!

Duration – one hour

Love Expressed…
Bhakti and Masti!

Kabir ~ the Voice of Love
Meera ~ the Pinnacle of Love
Surdas ~ the Philosophy of Love
Khusro ~ the Love of Love
and so many more…

The Bhakti movement – we see it as Love expressed…
we would like to express it again now!
An evening of Love expressed for the Universe, by us.

Love expressed …

with Mandakini Goswami and Dilip Shankar

Duration – One and a half hours

An Evening with Amir Khusro

Stories, music, riddles, sufi poetry, LIFE!

Amir Khusro – poet, inventor, linguist, musician, courtier, sufi – a true renaissance man.

Writes in as many as six languages – sometimes all languages feature in the same piece of writing, sometimes words used in a way that the same words have different meanings in two different languages, and yet sit well with other words in the same verse of a third language!

Is said to have ‘invented’ the Hindustani we speak, the tabla, and even khayaal gaayaki in Hindustani classical music…
Resident of Delhi Sultanate by choice and fondness, served under seven rulers…
Student and follower of the great saint Hazrat Nizammuddin Aulia …
Writer of riddles and songs, penned spontaneously and in the moment many a times …
Has fought battles, written histories …
A man of many talents …

An evening would not do justice to a man such as him …

An Evening with Amir Khusro
An Evening of music, poetry and Love

Amir Khusro presented in prose, verse and music by Dilip Shankar – genuine, authentic Khusro evening!

Duration – One and half hours

Stereotypes

Exploring the roles (games) we play!

In this world of instant intimacies and internet romances, can you be sure the person you just pecked on the cheek and said hello to is who you think it is?

Mannerisms, attitude and behaviour, sure reveal a lot – but can you really know a person behind those masks by mere interaction with the mask?

Specially when you too hide behind one … or do you?

Duration – Forty minutes

Walking the Path

Dialogue on Truth, Ahimsa and Satyagraha

Walking the Path will explain what it means to be doing so.

It is about connecting with oneself, one’s own truth and to the truth in everyone else.
Gandhiji understood that.
Which is why he was able to move the masses.

And now we need to understand that as well.

Walking the path is not borrowing other peoples’ truth.
It is to live your own – honestly.

Duration – half an hour

Moisley

About a boy who thinks he is a goblin

In a land of fairies, butterflies, goblins and rabbits lives a young boy called Moisley who thinks he is the only goblin alive. Being a boy really, Moisley obviously loves cookies and pies, chocolates and candy, and of course, ice cream!

He sets off to find ice cream in the crystal dome with his fairy friend Seenza. On the way, they watch the dreaded Drandoin and his army of Little People pass by.

As the army marches past emotionless, Seenza and Moisley are stunned to see Drandoin the Ruthless shove his Generals into the shredder.

How Moisley and his pals – Veronian, the angel with no wings and Rasben, the rabbit with one ear find the Seenza, who Drandoin has imprisoned, how the moon begins to shine again, and how Moisley, when he realizes what it is to be human, stands up for what is right, and gets Drandoin to set the Little People free from slavery and bondage and be human again, forms the story of Moisley.

Moisley is the story of the human spirit awakened and is a first in the series Adventures of Moisley.

Duration – One hour

The Play

A play on the choices of life

Choices!

When we don’t have any, we protest. When we have many, we are confused!

The passage of making a choice would involve living it. It necessarily involves the living of the consequence of that choice too. The consequence is what completes the exercising of the choice, isn’t it? Whether we like it or not, the choice made impacts the consequence, and the consequence could impact the choices made thereafter.

Is this a bouquet of choices and consequences then, or simply a dreadful cat and mouse game, or better still, the classic chicken and egg syndrome!

‘Depends entirely on your attitude’, some would say.

Or is it that it depends entirely on us – even before it starts, technically speaking, that is?

Let’s take an example. You are an actor. You go for an audition to these hotshot producers. Its warm, its friendly and cordial, and of course, it looks and sounds good too. And more than that, there are roles on offer here.

Will they like you? Would it be a good play? Will all go well for you?

That’s the premise 5 starts with, when he goes for an audition in ‘The Play’. What happens thereafter could very well be your story, if you are not alert, Actor!

Duration: Forty Five minutes

Slice of Life

A play on Love, Life, Fear, Death and their relationship to each other

Cafes, canteens and eateries…

Joints where the most frivolous and the most profound is discussed.
From the light hearted banter of friends to discussions about life and death.

This is what the Slice of Life is all about.

Ingredients:
A pair of young students
Joined in by a pair of actors
As also representatives of the medical and advertising world
Quite a mix of people discussing life
From its purpose to its abuse to the search of dignity of life.

Toppings:
Served with music

The play really brings to you
A Slice of Life!

Duration: 30 minutes

Sudden Extremities

20 degrees at Power Play

Sudden Extremities explores different extremes that people can work in. With a certain satirical style, it is also a comment on various scenarios of life and politics.

The play is set in the boardroom of a multi million-dollar company. The board members are interested in experimenting with various management styles and business plans. They decide to explore extremes.

Interestingly, it becomes a comment on not only the business scene, but also the political and personal ‘scenes’.

Sudden Extremities is not only a comment, but also an exploration of options, power plays and responsibilities.
20 degrees at Power Play

Sudden Extremities explores different extremes that people can work in. With a certain satirical style, it is also a comment on various scenarios of life and politics.

The play is set in the boardroom of a multi million-dollar company. The board members are interested in experimenting with various management styles and business plans. They decide to explore extremes.

Interestingly, it becomes a comment on not only the business scene, but also the political and personal ‘scenes’.

Sudden Extremities is not only a comment, but also an exploration of options, power plays and responsibilities.

Duration – One hour

Tokriyaan

Improvisations that explore choices

A group of young college students trying to understand life.
So many emotions, so many colours, so many choices!
As many people, as many perspectives.
As many choices, as many consequences.
And yet, so many variables too.
Chaos and confusion, leading to clarity of vision?
Or can there be clarity of choice to begin with?
Is there a formula?
Is there a method?
A group of college students trying to learn about life through the game of Tokriyaan.

Duration – as long as you like!

Sudden Extremities

20 degrees at Power Play

Sudden Extremities explores different extremes that people can work in. With a certain satirical style, it is also a comment on various scenarios of life and politics.

The play is set in the boardroom of a multi million-dollar company. The board members are interested in experimenting with various management styles and business plans. They decide to explore extremes.

Interestingly, it becomes a comment on not only the business scene, but also the political and personal ‘scenes’.

Sudden Extremities is not only a comment, but also an exploration of options, power plays and responsibilities.

Duration – One hour
prem se…
Opening to Love

an evening of dance and music…
opening up layers of Love…
and taking it to heights unknown so far…

Performed by Dilip Shankar and Padma Damodaran, the evening is an interactive dialogue so to say, between the seeker and the Divine.

Through music and dance, poetry brings alive the intense emotions of the journey of the seeker.

Intezaar

Lamhon ka Safar

Celebrating Divine Love being expressed through the evening as Dilip Shankar takes you through an amazing journey of Love and Truth. The journey of human emotions.

Ordinary human situations and moments of life provide the learning experiences for the soul to grow beyond the normal.

Lamhon ka Safar is the journey of life… young hearts beating with normal emotions gradually transcend them to understand life itself.

Poetry by Urmila, presented to you in the melodious voice and music provided by Dilip Shankar, Intezaar – Lamhon ka Safar is an interesting journey. With Padma Damodaran.

A Centre for Creative Expressions presentation

Turning Point
An exploration of the growing years

Every life has certain moments which are special, which have the potential to change the direction of one’s life.

Normally, these are moments of great spiritual energy, or great trauma and distress.

For us, a school means an opening up… an exploration of all potential, and the whole school life a journey of self-discovery.

Turning Point is an exploration into all this and more!

Turning Point

An exploration of the growing years

Every life has certain moments which are special, which have the potential to change the direction of one’s life.

Normally, these are moments of great spiritual energy, or great trauma and distress.

For us, a school means an opening up… an exploration of all potential, and the whole school life a journey of self-discovery.

Turning Point is an exploration into all this and more!

My Ride to Tomorrow
Roller coaster ride through time!

What if we could travel into the future?

Yes, I know, this idea has fascinated everyone for a long time. But maybe it’s not so difficult. Maybe time is not linear.
And tomorrow is only a different reality in the now itself… a special reality.

And if we could hop into both of them time and time again, what if we could go on a ride to tomorrow?

Written by Roysten Abel

Our Theatre Festivals

Violet Gold Theatre Festival

Violet Gold is a very ambitious project that we embarked upon.

Theatre goers in Delhi have been feeling for some time now that there is a lack of original scripts to work with, there is a lack of interest in theatre generally, and of course corporates don’t seem to be interested in putting their money in theatre.

Lack of funds, lack of interest, lack of creativity – no wonder then.

We, over the last two – three years, have been busy working on empowerment of individuals. The empowerment workshops led us to schools and groups of individuals in and outside of Delhi. Surprisingly, we found that people on an individual basis responded wonderfully well to theatre exercises. Expression seems to be a major block with most individuals. Community interactions are something people in cities are beginning to miss.

All put together, we found that our own expertise and experience in theatre, coupled with our intensive work in empowerment was beginning to take shape in a new kind of workshop.

Violet Gold is all that creativity unleashed.

The plays that you will watch during this festival are all original works. All of them are innovative in their content. All of them are being performed here as a first time performance. And all of them will subsequently develop further.

Ranging from death to dignity of life, from love as a concept to love as an energy to love as pure expression of emotional energy, from choices to stereotypes – the plays are all about human interactions. With humour, satire, fantasy or plain, simple discussion, the plays bring life to you – in a refreshingly new style, new environment, and fresh creative energies.

July will see a purely children’s festival, whereas November-December, we plan to do another serious theatre festival.

So keep feasting your creative appetite with us.

Orange Gold Theatre Festival

The Centre for Creative Expressions started a new movement in January 2005, by holding a fifteen-day theatre festival in a school, involving the children in plays and performances that were not for children only. A festival for the public, held in a school, organized by children as volunteers as well as actors and behind the scene assistance.

A very enriching experience for the children as well as the theatre professionals of repute who staged their performances in the festival.

In July 2005, we held another fifteen-day festival, this time catering more to children, and of course, involving the children again. The festival was preceded by summer workshops through the summer vacations of Delhi schools. The workshops were at the Centre and two-three schools of Delhi, open to all the students of Delhi.

Again, an ambitious project, but perfectly viable and immensely exciting – both for the children, and for us at the Centre.

Exhiperforations

Every weekend of August 2005, we were in someone’s home in a new part of Delhi – Nizamuddin East (Central Delhi), I. P. Extension (East Delhi), New Rajinder Nagar (West Delhi), Greater Kailash II (South Delhi). An exhibition, a performance and some delicious food on the menu! Best days of our lives!

Blue Gold Theatre Festival

Theatre by its very nature is empowering for all people involved in the activity.

Add to that the ability of theatre to bring people together in a magical environment, where human emotions, dance, music, body work, lights, sound all bring alive for each one of us the eternal and the unexplored, the known and the invisible, the light and frothy as much as the dark and daring.

It is in theatre that we sometimes can discover ourselves, our passions, our expression, as a lot of us who do work in theatre have found. A one day theatre workshop has unleashed the most vivid imaginations in a college kid’s confused mind, just as a stint at backstage work has been known to awaken the ‘brains’ in an otherwise ‘dull’ student. These are not minor drops in the oceans, but a widespread and well-documented phenomenon the world over. Theatre is therapeutic, and it does demand the best from whoever offers to serve it.

It is these and many more realizations that have motivated us at the Centre for Creative Expressions to present our Theatre Festivals.

Blue Gold
10 – 18 December 2005
National School of Drama

‘Blue Gold’ at the end of the year was professional theatre. Polished, professional directors, experienced actors. Serious theatre if you might want to call it that.

Blue Gold – universal love energy with great insight and power. Knowledge and wisdom with love energy flowing through it, is what ‘Blue Gold’ signifies for us.

Green Gold Theatre Festival

Green, the energies of life, of the heart, of healing…

Gold, the energy of Love …

When Gold flows with Green, Love flows as life, and when life flows through us as Love, it brings Light, and lightness flows through us in all the ways we express ourselves, in all the ways we relate to ourselves and the Universe.

Helping us relate to ourselves are all those who travel through us and with us in our life journeys – those significant others who make the difference, who provide the impetus and the triggers for us to choose, to grow, if we choose to that is.

Sometimes, we choose to ignore the opportunities for our growth. The other then may come as another! And another! Till it is time

Come to think of it, it almost seems like a great dance in progress! The raas of life!

Green Gold celebrates this dance, this joy that life is!

Pink Gold Theatre Festival

Centre for Creative Expressions

presents

The Pink Gold Festival – The Festival of Love

at The Sri Ram Centre,
Mandi House, Safdar Hashmi Marg, New Delhi

Pink Gold, the Festival of Love takes a look at Love in its various forms. From longing and desire to ecstacy and divinity. And then, of course, we attempt to define Love as well. The range is all aspects of Love and layers of Love.

Dates: 21st to 25th August 2006

Yellow Gold Theatre Festival

Centre for Creative Expressions presents

The Yellow Gold theatre festival

Yellow – the colour of gaiety and well-being
Gold – the colour of Love

And what better way than to express it with children, and for children!

That’s what Yellow Gold means to us at the Centre.

We would like to express it through a theatre festival for children – with fun, frolic, and yet, a
deep understanding of life and relationships.

Our theatre festivals mark turning points in most children’s lives. Thus we carry our Vision of
empowerment through theatre forward.

August till November 2007
India Habitat Centre
Indian Army centres in Jammu, YOL

Aqua Gold Festival

We hosted a festival of plays which we took to people’s homes – the festival ran for two and a half months (from February 14 2009 till April 30th 2009) with performances of plays in people’s verandahs, terraces, living rooms and balconies!

Liquid Gold Theatre Festival

Karmic Research Centre and Centre for Creative Expressions Present
In association with Touchwood
liquid gold…
a festival of Love Energy in dialogue…

nature speaks, so do birds…
yet much wisdom is unspoken…
when the wise reveal the truth, the Universe is blessed…
Liquid Gold is an exploration of some such expressions…

3rd to 7th August 2012
At Touchwood, 44, Needarajapayer Street, Pondicherry 605001

Samvaad: a festival of dialogues

India Habitat Centre
presents evenings of dialogue on truth, ahimsa and karm…
by
Karmic Research Centre and Centre for Creative Expressions

1st and 2nd October 2011

Omaangan Theatre Festival

A fragrance…
A lightness…
A reflectiveness…
A sense…
Omaangan…

Shama Pawar, Kristen Jain and Adil Hussain
present
The Omaangan Festival of Plays
By The Centre for Creative Expressions
21st to 24th December 2014
at Shama’s residence, Hanuman Haali, Hampi and around…
Entry Free

Theatre in Schools and with Young People

Theatre is a passion with us at the Centre. Using theatre for empowerment has been a very enriching experience for us. Through theatre, we get the opportunity to interact with students of all levels, at all levels.

Theatre provides an excellent all round experience for the child to explore its potential in various creative fields, as also encouraging and inculcating the spirit of teamwork and adventure, a sense of responsibility for the whole team, without sacrificing individual expression.

We have been working with children for the last twenty years and we have interacted with students of all classes on a continuous basis for the year, as also for shorter periods towards a production.

We have consistently been working with Bluebells School International since 2003, running their year round Theatre SUPW programme, the Annual BSF Youth Fiesta as also the Annual Day Performance.

We have also run SUPW programmes or theatre based Life Skills workshops with Sanskriti School, Vasant Valley School, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, DPS Vasant Vihar, DPS east of Kailash, Andhra School among others.

Workshops with kids!

The Centre for Creative Expressions believes that all human beings are creative, and it is the expression of this creativity once unleashed that leads to happy, productive and joyous individuals. Such individuals then contribute towards harmony in their community and society at large.

One of the most exciting ways to allow one’s creativity expression is theatre. Theatre involves a lot of the other art forms – music, dance and art. Also, it leads one quite actively to discover one’s emotional spaces, as also spaces of trust, confidence, respect and transparency. As a craft, theatre introduces one to confidence, and can help us hone skills of speech and expression.

A theatre workshop also provides the comfortable environment to break the ice and get to know each other better. It also lets us explore our abilities to relate to each other, as also to drop our inhibitions and well, just have fun!

Centre for Creative Expressions invites your child to such a fun workshop – a process of self-discovery.

Using the effective tools of creative visualization, movement and one’s own emotional expression, let your child explore his or her strengths, and simply relax!

Our summer theatre workshops have always had a great response. We also work with the children of Salaam Baalak Trust and other NGOs.

Intimate Theatre

There has been a plethora of themes and special evenings in the recent past. Events have been designed by most of the five star hotels, to bring the ‘Indian Experience’ to the international traveler.

We are not offering any of that. We are looking for people who value enrichment more than entertainment.

Yes, an enriching experience is what we plan to offer through ‘Intimate Evenings’. An evening of theatre, performance coupled with music and cuisine to match. Small groups of people who value enriching performances.

We are open to coming to you with this package, at your venue or we can organize this experience at our venue. For more information, contact us.

Theatre research and workshops

In 2001, we received a text in our meditations which eventually was performed as ‘Finding Shams’. The search to speak the truth, to not act, to be in the presence of the divine as audience while divine expressed through us was always the endeavour. In 2012, when ‘Finding Shams’ was performed in Puducherry, we met someone who had been on a similar though highly developed and advanced search. As the work on ‘Finding Shams’ goes on in partnership with him, we feel we have learnt a new approach in theatre. It continues to be a search. We are in learning and searching mode always, and do not yet feel like making this a system or technique. Some of us have been slowly working in this that we call ‘The Work’.