An immersive exploration of gender.
You can see. Yet you cant. Blindfolded, you are cut out from your immediate reality.
You can sense. If you choose. The body becomes the interpreter of signs, sensitive and subtle.
You can box. Or you can blur. The boundaries of the masculine and the feminine.
You can play. You can find. Your gender viewpoint without generalisation.
Devised by Lochan Baratakke, Rijul Ray, Ranjitha Sakleshpur, Sudha Sudanthi and Vrinda Misra.
Designed and Directed by Aruna Ganesh Ram.The gender experience
As the audience arrive, they are given a card to make a considered choice through the lens of gender. The audience is then blindfolded and led into the performance
space. The performance for this particular audience is designed based on the choices that they just made.
As a start, the audience will experience an environment of bias and judgement that envelopes gender. Being placed in the centre, a society of chatter springs up, bringing to life its stereotypes, stigmas and sensitivities.
The performance moves into specificities of the masculine and feminine, exploring its dynamics, distances and differences. This manifests into a chaos of sorts, internal and external making the audience question their gender type, their choices and desires. The audience is continuously experiencing touch in the performance navigating through touch that is obvious, curios, obscure and even obsessive. The experience creates a gender narrative with the audience scripting their choices and colouring their perspectives.Â
First created for Gender Bender 2016 produced by Sandbox Collective and Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore.