×

Love, Tragedy, Eternity

HISTORICAL CONTEXT

"La DivinaComedia" or "The Divine Comedy" by Dante Alighieri is considered as one of the treasures of the world literature coming from Italy's remarkable cultural heritage. The epic has been translated and appreciated by people from all culture across the world. Written between 1308 to 1320 this Italian epic still mesmerizes us with its grandeur, philosophical negotiation and art of literature. It also opens up world about eternal curiosities of human beings about mystery of love, life and death and afterlife as a representation of the medieval world-view as it had developed in the Western Church in the 14th century. Through time, the epic has inspired some of the greatest artists, of various Countries and different periods, such as Sandro Botticelli, William Blake, Gustave Doré and Salvatore Dalí. On the commemoration of 700 years of the epic, Kolkata Centre for Creativity announces a laboratory named "LOVE, TRAGEDY, ETERNITY" for musicians supported by Consulate General of Italy in Kolkata, dedicated to "La DivinaComedia". This laboratory aims to inspire, explore and create "music and movement" performances responding to the selected portions of the epic looking through the lenses of artistic sensitivity of today's time. The chosen excerpt (please refer to line 73 on page 49 to line 142 on page 51) is taken from the "Inferno" part of the epic, where Dante meets with Paolo and Francesca from Rimini (A summary of the story is mentioned in English at the following webpage.https://www.italiantranslation-teaching.com/culture/italian-love-stories-paolo-and-francescaA Bengali translation of the same excerpt by ShyamalGanguly is available here in PDF. (To be added) Kolkata Centre for Creativity and Consulate General of Italy in Kolkata invite artistic proposals intending a confluence between of musicians (of all genre) and contemporary dances/ movement artists inspired by the chosen tragedy from the epic.

CONCEPT NOTE

The story of Francesca and Paolo poses many questions to our modern sensitivity. Coming out of the fables of Christian morality their love story challenges the sanctified idea of institution of marriage and the transactional relationship that it promotes on the contrary of spontaneous connection between two hearts. The forbidden love story on one hand, falls in the category of epic love stories like Lyla Majnu or Romeo Juliet – on the other does it also promotes the supreme power of love that may concur all differences across cultures, religions or castes?

At the same time today's artists can look at it as a hetero normative love story that does not have representation of love of all kind across all gender and sexuality. Even the appearance of Giovanni Malatesta, husband of Francesca in the text can be criticised in the light of inclusion and body positivity. Or even can it become the story of Frank and Paolo or Francesca and Paulina? May be in today's time the epic tragedy for the protagonists does not have to exclude and interfere but can be an inclusive counter narrative! May be with the new writing after 700 years finally the tragedy would get its chance of some comic relief!

This project is an invitation to dancers, movement artists and musicians to respond to the story from their modern artistic sensitivity to re-interpret, alter, and challenge the age old epic with today's creativity.

Kolkata Centre for Creativity and Consulate General of Italy in Kolkata invite artistic proposals intending a confluence between of musicians (of all genre) and contemporary dances/ movement artists inspired by the chosen tragedy from the epic.

What will be offered to the selected project -

To be paid to Collaborator 1

Music
Creation, Rehearsal and production cost, Artist fees,
Technical cost of the light sound etc.
INR 70,000.00

To be paid to Collaborator 2

Movement & Contemporary Dance
Creation, Rehearsal and production cost, Artist fees,
Technical cost of the light sound etc.
INR 70,000.00

Towards documentation (written and video) of final showcase (allotted only in the last stage of the project realisation)
A video documentation to be submitted of the final showcase INR 30,000.00
* The Grant will be allotted in parts throughout the project. Detail will be given to the selected project

Application Guideline and Criteria

- The projects must consider the chosen excerpt of "La Divina Comedia" as its primary inspiration and departure point.
- Applications are open to a confluence group of:
a) practitioners of Music and
b) practitioners of movement & contemporary dance.

Only the applicant groups that must be able to establish the collaboration, would be considered.
- One project will be awarded for this laboratory program.
- The performance can be pre-recorded or live in a physical space or a combination of these. (Subject to decide seeing the COVID situation while announcement).
- The length of the piece must be at least 30 minutes and max 60 minutes.
- The work must be a new work proposal and cannot be a film or a video/ audio recording of an existing performance by the group.
- We encourage projects that are multidisciplinary and collaborative.
- All the selected performance/ showcase of the project must be executed as per timelines given in 'Important Dates' at the end of this page.

- This laboratory is offered for Indian Nationals only. (KCC Art Fellows for the current year of 2020-2021 are not eligible for application.) Applicants residing in West Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura will be given preference.
- The projects must be applied in Bengali, Hindi or in English.
- Existing fellows/ grantees of KCC of year 2020-2021 are not eligible to apply for this grant.

Things to Submit

- Working title of the project.
- A concept notes of the project. The synopsis of narrative can be included in this section.
- A note on the ways that the particular excerpt of "La Divina Comedia" inspires or is related with the project.
- A note on intention and possibilities of the collaboration between music, movement and contemporary dance practitioners collaborating in this project.
- Bio and detailed role of the collaborating artists/groups and the team of collaborators.
- A broad time-frame for the project.
- An approximate breaking up of budget expenditure (in detail).
- Everything must be submitted in one PDF to submission.kcc@akst.org.in as per timelines given in 'Important Dates' on Page 3.

NB: Please mention the following at the first page of your application.
Name of the main collaborators –
Name of the groups –
Working title of the project –
Single point contact: Phone –
Single point contact: Email –
Name of the other collaborators/team members –

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission - February 14th 2021, 17.00 IST
Announcement of selected application - February 28th 2021, 17.00 IST

Time frame for execution of the projects

First presentation on the progress of project on/by- June 25th 2021
Second presentation on the progress of project on/by- 25th September 2021
Final presentation at KCC- November 2021

Contact

Email – submission.kcc@akst.org.in
Write Application_LTE_(working title of your project) in the subject of the email
Without the subject we shall not be able to identify your proposal, please pay attention)
Phone - +91 – 9051038394 (Tuesday – Sunday, 11.00 am to 7.00 pm)

Bengali PDF Link:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_2wDvSwJLZUTr6YFLjtLfGZXpXQGFMNJ/view?usp=sharing

With the pandemic altering the world, our sense of space shifted drastically. Spaces of public gathering closed limiting us to the home space – that resulted in the exploration of known, smaller spaces as performance spaces. The physical space that we understood as performance space, got squeezed. While the small window in our telecommunication device connects us with a new space abundance named the virtual/ cyberspace – our physical enclosure stays restricted between the frames of our devices.

On the other hand, there are conversations questioning gender, caste, religion-based ideologies and the ideas of human rights and freedom of expression.

Recognising these phenomena Kolkata Centre for Creativity invites project applications for its upcoming multidisciplinary laboratory "Crucible" (the name does not intend to draw any association with the famous Arthur Miller play "The Crucible"). This laboratory will facilitate 2 performance projects that are negotiating the questions around these phenomena.

KCC invites project applications for the laboratory program named "Crucible".

Crucible Laboratory Judges' details

Amy Russell

Amy Russell has taught the Lecoq Pedagogy internationally since her apprenticeship with M. Lecoq in 1997. In 2001, she created a Lecoq-based MFA at Naropa University, (U.S.A.), which she chaired until 2010. She co-founded the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA), and is the founder and director of Embodied Poetics, a new school of physical theatre in London. A U.K.C.P. accredited Gestalt psychotherapist and group facilitator, she holds an MFA in theatre and an MA in Gestalt Therapy Theory. Amy is currently writing a doctoral thesis at the University of Tasmania: "Devising Lecoq'sGeodramatic Territories as Critical Spatial Practice".

Ananya Chatterjee

Ananya Chatterjee works as choreographer, dancer and thinker brings together contemporary dance, social justice, choreography and the philosophy of occupy dance. She is the artistic director of Ananya Dance theatre and co-founder of the Shawngram Institute for Performance and Social Justice for people power dances and transformation proceeds through concert performances and participated performances in non-traditional spaces where audiences become co-creators of movement explorations. She is the recipient of various awards and fellowships Chatterjee is currently creating Dusta, a dance theatre work exploring borders, boundaries, hope and belonging with the support of an NPN creation fund NTP production award under two parts MA NCC residency. Her new book Heat and Alterity in Contemporary Dance South-South Choreographies is currently in process of publication with Palgrave Macmillan. Ananya is professor of dance at University of Minnesota where she teaches courses in dance studies, social justice, choreography and contemporary dance.

Sujay Saple

Sujay Saple is Artistic Director of Shapeshift, an experimental performance company based in India. An Art Think South-Asia fellow for 2015-16, Sujay has choreographed/directed ten original works, which have performed at various festivals and vital venues around India and received rave reviews. He has been a freelance director, designer, performer and workshop conductor for over seventeen years, and on over fifty performance projects. His focus with Shapeshift has been to galvanize, within the existing cultural bouquet, a vibrant supportive space for movement work and experimental performance – fields which are relatively young and struggling in India.

RESULT

Selected projects:
Mindmapping the Pandemic: Spatializing Memory and More by Sanskriti Chattopadhyay
MagurirBaak by Maitri Das

KCC will offer the selected projects:

- A grant of INR 50000.00 towards to creation of the project.
- Hosting of 1 grand runs and the showcase of the final creations at KCC space in Kolkata (physical performance and video screening).
- Mention of the projects at KCC's Website.

NB: 75% of the grant will be given at the beginning of the project and the rest 25% will be given within a month of the commencement of the first showcase.

Application Guideline and Criteria:

- The projects must address the idea of squeezing space as the central idea of their creation.
- Applications are open to practitioners of performing (theatre and contemporary dance practitioner) and video artists. Individuals or a group (Maximum 7 people including in-space and back-space personals to travel) may apply.
- The performance can be pre-recorded or live in a physical space or a combination of these.
- The length of the piece must be a minimum of 30 minutes and a maximum of 60 minutes.
- The work must a new work proposal and cannot be a film or a video recording of an existing performance by the individual or group.
- We encourage projects that are multidisciplinary and collaborative.
- All the selected performance/ showcase of the projects must be executed within 31st March 2021.
- This laboratory is offered for Indian Nationals only. (KCC Art Fellows for the current year of 2020-2021 are not eligible for application.)
- The projects must be in Bengali, Hindi or English.

Things to submit:

- The working title of the project.
- The core driving questions of the project.
- A concept notes.
- A note on detailed treatment intended in the execution of the project. Detailed score/script and synopsis of narrative can be included in this section.
- Bio and detailed role of the artist/group and the team of collaborators.
- A broad time-frame for the project.
- A detailed estimation of budget execution.
- Everything must be submitted in one PDF to submission.kcc@akst.org.in on or before 30th November 2020, 17.00 hours IST.

Please mention the following at the first page of your application.

Name of the applicant –
Name of the group –
Name of the contact person (in case of a group) -
The working title of the project –
Single point contact: Phone –
Single point contact: Email –
Name of the collaborators/team members –

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission

December 13th 2020; IST 17.00 hours

Announcement of the selected application

December 24th 2020; IST 17.00 hours

The time frame for execution of the projects

December 25th 2020 – March 31 2021

Presentation at KCC

Within March 31st 2021(Date will be announced later)

Contact:

Email – submission.kcc@akst.org.in
Write Application_CRU_(working title of your project) in the subject of the email.
Phone - +91 – 9051038394 (Tuesday – Sunday, 11.00 am to 7.00 pm)

OPEN CALL TO THE YOUNG CURATOR FOR "CREATION IN RESPONSE".

Kolkata Centre for Creativity is inviting proposals from Young Curators to create their own artistic responses with three more artists of own choice referring to the exhibition "THE MIRROR SEES BEST IN THE DARK" by BOSE KRISHNAMACHARI happening now at the centre.

Note on the show:THE MIRROR SEES BEST IN THE DARK
How fast can sound travel through graphite, copper, steel, or stone? Very fast, and with considerable resonance, in the hands of an ingenious, versatile and socially engaged artist like Krishnamachari Bose, who relays through his work a powerful commitment to effecting transformation in the political and cultural contexts of the historical moment. Bose's practice has been vibrantly hybrid, spanning art-making as well as institution-building. As an artist, he has engaged with diverse media, ranging from painting to the installation and the social sculpture. If certain chromatic preoccupations have travelled with him over a period of three decades, so have certain emphases on informal pedagogy, the library, and the space of mutual intellectual and affective nourishment between artists and audiences. During the early 1990s, an entire generation of Bombay artists, then students or recent graduates, benefited from the suitcases full of books that Bose would bring back from his foreign travels. Through a project like LaVA, a giant reading room dedicated to the visual arts and art history, Bose reached out to draw potential viewers into a space of education that was welcoming rather than alienating. Through the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Bose realised his vision for a festival of the arts that would meld the local, national and international art scenes into a new, dynamic and unpredictable constellation.

In his current body of work, 'The Mirror Sees Best in the Dark', Bose returns triumphantly to art-making. In these marvelous experiments with form and material – in which he shuttles among word, image and assemblage, between an austere minimalism and an opulent maximalism – he confronts the increasingly extreme discourses that shape our consciousness. In Bose's handling, these discourses crystallise around keywords that then become slogans, deployed in the witch hunts and debased debates that characterise a polarised society. Bose explores the thresholds at which potentially unifying concepts like nationalism can become unhealthy obsessions, dividing the world into Us and Them, injecting toxicity into collective life. What we see in Bose's recent works is a portrait of what we have done to ourselves today, at the level of the individual, the community, the religious group, the nation-state. Sometimes, this portrait is manifestly clear, as in the works where he uses a traditional Kerala metal mirror. Sometimes, as when he uses Braille in his graphite works, we may have to decode the portrait. The seriousness of the artist's intent communicates itself through playfulness as well as sombre irony. The sighted can sometimes miss the obvious truth, while the visually challenged can read it with precision. The times are dark, and Bose's mirror is designed to see – and reveal – better in such conditions.
Ranjit Hoskote

Criteria and procedure:

  • The proposals must contain Mirrors as a concept - literal, abstract or global, in response to the exhibition 'THE MIRROR SEES BEST IN THE DARK'. The proposal also needs to come up with the name of three artists who are going to be the part of the creation.
  • Oneexciting proposal will be selected to work in KCC for 5 days to create their artistic response according to their proposals as well as the invitations that the space and the exhibition proposes. On 6th day the creations will be presented before a group of audience.
  • The mentor will receive a nominal commission money (INR 5000/-) for the creation.
  • The three artists will receive a nominal commission money (INR 2500/- per artist) for the creation.
  • The exhibition space is available for prior visit while writing the proposal. Post selection the space will be available for 6 days (mentioned below) to respond, create work in the exhibition space.
  • Touching exhibits is not an option and is strictly prohibited. The creation must respect the already created physical and ideological space proposed by Bose himself in the exhibition.
  • The ownership of the creation will be of the creators but the mention of it as a commission by KCC is mandatory for any further showcase of the same piece or its developed body in future.
  • The decision of the selection body of KCC is final in the matter of selection.
  • Mirror as art material and fixing materials will be provided from KCC.
  • An assisting person for only glass cutting will be provided from our end.

Deadlines

1 Announcement 30th January 2020
2 Last date to submit proposal 20th February 2020
3 Announcement of selected groups 22nd February 2020
4 Dates of working in the exhibition 29th February, 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th , 7th March 2020
5 Presentation on 8th March 2020

Coming Soon