Girish Karnad's text re-imagined

Updated: Nov 13, 2016, 13:12 IST | Kusumita Das |

Jyoti Dogra’s new play, Toye, is inspired by Girish Karnad’s Agni aur Barkha and explores a new performance language

A scene from Toye, featuring Jyoti Dogra
A scene from Toye, featuring Jyoti Dogra

Girish Karnad’s famous work Agni Aur Barkha has found a new expression in theatre artist Jyoti Dogra’s Toye that will be staged in the city for the first time. A Sanskrit term for “water”, Toye is a devised piece that examines the actor’s body in performance. While the narrative outline of Toye is guided by Karnad’s text, the performance language of the play is its very own. Explaining this form of theatrical expression, Dogra says, “This is very different from the movements of a dance form. In fact, this is not based on a movement aesthetic. Think of any kind of impulse and how does the body understand it — it could be hunger, anger, love, anything. That is what I have tried to incorporate in the play. So, it is the performance of the body which becomes the language that brings the text alive,” explains Dogra. Agni Aur Barkha is inspired by a tale from the Mahabharata and the text explores specific human conditions. “It dates back to the vedic times, where people are reeling under a seven-year famine. It deals with the politics of power, of knowledge, of gender,” she says.

With a cast comprising 10 actors Toye is a 100-minute long performance with no interval. “This is the first piece I have directed with other actors. I felt Karnad’s text had a sensual quality which would allow me to explore a new performance language,” signs off the theatre artiste.

When: Nov 13, 4.30 PM & 7.30 PM
Where: G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture, Mahalaxmi
Entry: Rs 400 onwards

When: Nov 19, 8 PM; Nov 20, 5 PM & 8 PM
Where: Sitara Studio, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 500

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