It's a rather low-key weekend and we don't know what to attribute that to (IPL maybe?) but Campaign India has put together a list of gigs and plays that are worth visiting. Our top pick is Chaos Theory, written by Anubav Pal, the same man who wrote laugh riots for the screen such as Loins of Punjab and The President is Coming. Lots more in theatre (as you shall read below) apart from Wolfgang Haffner's performance in Bangalore tonight. Enjoy your weekend!
German Jazz composer and drummer Wolfgang Haffner has given nu-jazz a new definition. Haffner's compositions incorporate acoustic beats and electronica. His groove-based music is loaded with festive improvisation and non-conformity of style. With around 400 recordings to his credit, he has performed with the likes of Pat Metheny, Chaka Khan, Bob James, Larry Carlton and Mike Stern. Haffner is touring several Indian cities this month to promote his latest album, 'Round Silence'. The album features his new band, with Hubert Nuss on piano nd Christian Diener on bass. The tour will also feature songs from the electronic-heavy album 'Shapes'.
26th March, 6:30pm. Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar (Call 25205305)
Atomic Pulse (Israel) + DJ Kia (Iran): Electronica
29-year old Tamir Ozana from Israel is Atomic Pulse. The Atomic Pulse project is considered as one of the most noticeable, busy, and influential projects of the new millennium. His first hit – 'Valirus', was released in 2002, by Hommega productions, a collaboration track with master producer, Astrix. The track was also remixed by Sub 6 and was released by UK's leading label TIP World. The Atomic Pulse sound has been featured on a huge amount of compilation releases through top international labels. He has also collaborated with leading producers such as GMS, Shanti, Astrix, Fatali, Dj Ta-Ka, Cyrus The Virus, Perplex.
Friday, 26 March, 10:30pm-1:30am.
Chaos Theory (pictured above)
Written by Anubav Pal and directed by Rahul da Cunha, Chaos Theory is a comedy of ideas that tracks the eras, the words and the lives of two professors who experience a lifetime together without expressing their real emotions. Set in colleges in the US and India, among academics and the social changes of the 70s, 80s and 90s, the play is an exploration of love not as perfect chemistry but like the chaos theory itself, an imperfect physics.
March 27, NCPA - Tata Theatre, Near Hilton Hotel, Mumbai.
Sometimes by Shomshukla is a laugh riot which sees multiple plays in one. The story revolves around two characters played by Cyrus Dastur and Ritika Sahani, who have been called by a woman director to audition for a play. The two actors audition a variety of emotions and progress through different scenes before arriving at the final play.
March 26, 27. 6pm and 7:30pm both days. National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Colaba, Mumbai
Dreams of Taleem
Dreams of Taleem is a play where Anay an ambitious theatre director is thrilled when a young actress Sita agrees to work with him in his new play. Abandoned by most of his young colleagues, its the one big opportunity for him to kickstart his fledgling career. But when rehearsals begin, nothing goes as per plan. Anay struggles to maintain his sanity, relationships turn upside down, the line between reality and fantasy is blurred.
March 27, 6pm, 9pm. Prithvi Theatre, Juhu, Mumbai.
I Go Solo
Chennai-based troupe Masquerade presents a festival of solo performances to coincide with World Theatre Day (27 March). The artists include Varun Aiyer, Balakrishnan V of Theatre Nisha and Anand Sami of Perch.
26-28 March, Alliance Francaise de Madras, College Road, Chennai (Call 9940138749).
RK Laxman's Common Man
This one is a one-artist performance by Ajit Kelkar. Here the common man in his signature attire narrates his own story over the last 60 years alongwith the cartoons by Padmavibhushan awardee R K Laxman. The play comments on the political scenario in independent India.
March 28, Sunday. Pandit Paluskar Sabhagriha, Nadabrahma Mandir, Nr Kala Nagar, Bandra (E).
Friday Art Evenings
Works of eminent artists Ankit Patel and Vinod Sharma will be presented.
26 March, Friday, 8pm onwards. Reflections Art Lounge, JW Marriott Mumbai
(Listings courtesy: Buzzintown, Prithvi Theatre Updates, Time-Out)