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ABSURDO by Kaivalya Plays

ABSURDO by Kaivalya Plays

Theatre & Arts

February 23 | 2:49PM - February 24 | 9:49PM

The Instituto Cervantes, Delhi

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ABSURDO by Kaivalya Plays

Theatre & Arts

February 23 | 2:49PM - February 24 | 9:49PM

The Instituto Cervantes, Delhi

Free

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About the Event

Friday 19, Saturday 20, Sunday 21 January 2024

Free entry with prior registration. Seating available on a first-come first-serve basis.


Kaivalya Plays invites you to the multilingual theatre performance ABSURDO, presented in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes Nueva Delhi.


ABSURDO is a transcultural experiment in absurdism, based on 6 stories from 3 Hispanic authors — Enrique Jardiel Poncela (Spain), Fernando Arrabal (Spain) and Virgilio Piñera (Cuba) — on the Indian stage. With stories about war, mental health, late-stage capitalism and identity, the performance explores absurdist narratives, using unconventional staging, technology and media techniques. Directed and designed by Gaurav Singh Nijjer and Varoon P. Anand, the show marks the 10th year of artistic collaboration between Kaivalya Plays and the Instituto Cervantes Nueva Delhi.

🗓️ Show Dates

* Friday 19 January, 2pm and 5pm

* Saturday 20 January, 5pm

* Sunday 21 January, 2pm and 5pm


📍 Venue: Instituto Cervantes, Connaught Place

🗣️ Language: English, Hindi, Spanish with Subtitles

⏱️ Duration: 75 Minutes without break

🎟️ Tickets: Free entry with prior registration, donations are welcome.


Read more about the show at https://kaivalyaplays.org/absurdo


About The Show


One chases the enemy, another chases sleep. Somewhere, one devours an entire mountain while the other slurps on custard. Together they try to make sense of what’s between the lines, and the lines start to disappear. They let go of the questions when the answers begin to appear. Elsewhere, a town awakens to a dwindling yet satisfied populace, whilst a couple lay a picnic table amidst the gunfire. At the core of Absurdism is the acknowledgement that human endeavours to find meaning are often met with a universe that remains indifferent, and the search for inherent purpose is akin to chasing a mirage in a desert of existential uncertainty. Imagine a theatrical performance where the script is written in disappearing ink, and the actors are left ad-libbing in the face of an ever-changing narrative.

 

Absurdist theatre, a genre characterized by its exploration of the irrational, illogical, and chaotic aspects of the human experience, finds unique expressions in the works of Enrique Jardiel Poncela from Spain, Fernando Arrabal, also from Spain, and Virgilio Piñera from Cuba. While these playwrights share the label of "absurdist," their individual contributions exhibit distinct nuances and cultural influences. Poncela's absurdist works often showcase a satirical and humorous exploration of societal norms and human behaviour. Kaivalya Plays’ adaptation of his play "You Have the Eyes of a Femme Fatal," delves into the absurdity of modern love, desire, and human connection. Poncela's writing is characterized by wit and a keen observation of societal absurdities, often using humour as a lens to dissect human folly. Arrabal's absurdist plays, like "Picnic on the Battlefield," take a darker and more surreal turn. This piece portrays the futility and meaninglessness of war, exploring the absurdity of conflict where soldiers fight for indistinguishable motivations. Arrabal's unique blend of absurdity and surrealism creates a heightened, dreamlike atmosphere, challenging conventional narratives and norms. Piñera, hailing from Cuba, brings a distinctly Latin American flavour to the absurdist genre.

Kaivalya Plays is staging pieces from his collection of short stories called “Cuentos Frios” (English: Cold Tales), where he navigates the complexities of identity, civil rebellion, individual-first capitalism and mental health through a piercingly neutral, almost cold narration. Piñera's works often carry a socio-political undertone, reflecting the tumultuous history of Latin America. The absurdity in his plays serves as a mirror to the region's socio-cultural struggles, blending existential questions with the collective experiences of Latin American societies. While united under the umbrella of absurdist theatre, the works of Jardiel Poncela, Arrabal, and Piñera each offer a unique perspective on the absurdities inherent in the human condition. From Poncela's humour-infused societal critiques to Arrabal's surreal and dark exploration of war, and Piñera's socio-political reflections on identity and mental health, these playwrights contribute richly diverse layers to the tapestry of absurdist theatre.

Since its inception in 2012, Kaivalya Plays has been a conduit for bringing the voices of Latin American authors to the Indian stage. ABSURDO marks their thirteenth project in this genre, a testament to our ongoing commitment to Latin American drama and literature. Collaborating with Instituto Cervantes Nueva Delhi and various embassies, they’ve adapted and staged works by prominent authors, making these narratives resonate with Indian audiences. In ABSURDO, the group employs a diverse range of artistic techniques, from traditional theatre methods to non-conventional staging. Live projections, cameras, drawing, multilayered projection fabrics, and a multilingual performance (in English, Hindi, and Spanish with subtitles) enrich the audience's experience, breaking down language barriers and emphasizing the global relevance of the absurdities explored on stage. The stories composed through the latest digital technology tools create an engaging experience that often veers away from a traditional narrative to abstract voyages into themes of violence, excess, alienation, identity and meaninglessness.

Kaivalya Plays and Instituto Cervantes Nueva Delhi invite you to an evening of absurdist storytelling based on texts from Enrique Jardiel Poncela, Fernando Arrabal and Virgilio Piñera. 

 

The running order of the evening includes: 

INTERROGATORIO from “Cuentos Frios” by Virgilio Piñera

A prisoner is confronted with a fundamental question about identity. Presented In Spanish with English and Hindi subtitles. 

YOU HAVE THE EYES OF A FEMME FATAL based on the text by Enrique Jardiel Poncela. 

What happens when an all encompassing intelligence delves into the interplay of modern love, desire and seduction? Presented In English with Spanish and Hindi subtitles. 

 

MONTAÑA from “Cuentos Frios” by Virgilio Piñera

Persistence, escape or something else entirely? Bit by bit, witness one’s attempt at a geological upheaval. Presented In Spanish with English and Hindi subtitles. 

 

मांस (Meat) from “Cuentos Frios” by Virgilio Piñera

A famine leads to a town beginning to turn to a very personal kind of sustenance. Presented in Hindi with English and Spanish subtitles. 

 

INSOMNIO from “Cuentos Frios” by Virgilio Piñera

An all too familiar state for so many, but is the escape worth the relief? Presented in Spanish with English and Hindi subtitles. 

PICNIC ON THE BATTLEFIELD based on the text by Fernando Arrabal. 

A family comes together for a lovely picnic in the middle of the battlefield. They are interrupted by an unexpected guest. Nothing unusual about that, right? Presented in English with Hindi and Spanish subtitles. 


Instructions

PLEASE NOTE SEATING IS ONLY AVAILABLE ON A FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVE BASIS WITH PRIOR REGISTRATION.


Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the show start time to secure your seats. Registration doesn't not guarantee seats.

Venue

The Instituto Cervantes

48, Hanuman Rd, Hanuman Road Area, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India

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ABSURDO by Kaivalya Plays

Theatre & Arts

February 23 | 2:49PM - February 24 | 9:49PM

The Instituto Cervantes, Delhi

Free

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