Gauri Raje (Indien/Großbritannien) erzählt unbekannte Geschichten aus West-Indien
Begleitung: Suki Hayer, Sitar
Grußwort: Gari Pavkovic, Integrationsbeauftragter der Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart
Gauri Raje machte sich auf eine Reise zu ihren Vorfahren und fand Ödland in der Linie beider Eltern: Land der Krieger, Banditen und Ausgestoßenen, vertrocknete Flussbetten und schwarze vulkanische Bergketten, Land der Autoren, Barden und Geschichtenerzähler. Aus diesen Szenerien entfalten sich ihre Geschichten. Begleitet von Suki Hayer an der Sitar erzählt Gauri Raje hauptsächlich auf Englisch. Die Übersetzung übernimmt die Erzählerin Kathinka Marks.
We know the exotic, colourful and spiritual India - a land of rivers, festivals, gods and lush green fields. But what about the rest?
Gauri Raje went on a journey to her ancestor's region, and found badlands; both in her father's and her mother's lineage. Lands of warriors, dacoits and outcasts, parched ravines and black volcanic mountain ranges, of writers, bards and storytellers. Set in these arid landscapes, her stories come from outlying sections of society in Western and Central India, where there is thirst, but also courage, wit, humour and music!
A performance accompanied by the sitaar, the storytelling is mainly in English, but also uses Gujarati, Marathi and Urdu to give resonance to the region within which the stories are set.
Gauri Raje holds a PhD in anthropology, has worked as a film editor and trained in storytelling during her research with Dangi communities, and with UK and US-based storytellers. Since 2012, she works with the Theatre of Witness approach, that focuses on biographical storytelling by people who have no experience with theatre. She works in India and UK in facilitating storytelling workshops within communities. Her most recent project is "Long Journey Home", a year-long true life storytelling project with workshops and performance evenings with first generation migrants in Birmingham, UK.
Her recent performance projects include directing and performing in "East of the Sun, West of the Moon", stories from around the world for adults that were translated and told in 3 different Indian languages. She has been touring with "'Tales of Sanctuary and Exile", a collection of old traditional stories from around the world on the theme of being refugees.
Suki Hayer is a Birmingham-based musician and composer. He trained with the Sandwell College in music and Sitaar. He has played with the Birmingham Orchestra and in various venues around the city combining blue and jazz sounds in his Sitaar playing. Most recently, he was a featured musician at the Moseley Folk Festival.
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