IITGN Theatre & Performing Art Festival - February 2023

The IIT Gandhinagar Theater & Performing Arts Festival is a multi-day event in February 2023 that aims to showcase the talents of both student and professional artists in the fields of theater, dance, and music. The festival will feature a diverse range of performances, including plays, musicals, dance productions, and other forms of live entertainment.

The festival will be organised by Art@IITGN and will take place on campus. It will be open to the general public and will serve as an opportunity for the community to engage with the artists. In addition to the performances, the festival will also include workshops and other educational opportunities for aspiring performers and theater enthusiasts. These workshops will be conducted by professional artists and will focus on a variety of topics, such as acting, singing, dance, and stagecraft.

The goal of the IIT Gandhinagar Theater and Performing Arts Festival is to provide a platform for artists to showcase their talents and to expose audiences to a diverse range of performances and styles. The festival will also showcase cultural diversity and will be a platform for artists from different backgrounds to showcase their talents.  

ART@IITGN’s International collaboration with TENT: A School of Performative Practices

Experimental-lab: TENT, is an incubation project of TENT: A School of Performative Practices (AMS). This project is a collaborative platform to build new models, and prototypes, and support structured collaborations for the art field, its possibilities, and its future. el:TENT, works in the frame of fellowships, gatherings, residencies, productions, festivals, and network support. TENT, being a nomadic institution, creates a collaboration with other institutions to make these dreams possible. TENT works as a facilitator to the process.

el:TENT at ART@IITGN: el:TENT for its Indian collaboration, partners with Art at Gandhinagar. The lab is in India from 28th Jan - 15th February in the format of Curator’s meet, artist residency and engagement with the IITGN community. The lab is here with two main programs, Artist residency, and Curator’s meet. In artist residency Polish Artist Maria Magdalena Kozlowska, Amsterdam-based India maker, Pankaj Tiwari, and Swedish theatre maker Tom Oliver Jacobson will work on their respective projects. In the curator's meeting the invited curator will work on ‘reverse mobility’ and finding ways for future collaborations. 

Invited Guest Artists

Pankaj Tiwari (Artist, Curator)
Dates: 28th Jan to 14th Feb

Pankaj is an artist-curator from Balrampur India, based in Amsterdam. He works as a co-curator/programmer with Zurich Gessnerallee, Switzerland. He is also invited to curate a festival around ‘Object, Memory and Migration’ for the IAS, University of Minnesota (2021-23). Between 2011-2018, he worked as creative director for ‘The Fotons’, a performance-based group from India. He is the recipient of the 3Package Deal (2021), from Amsterdam Fonds for the Arts. He is also part of a collective ‘Academy of New Rituals’, which consists of Amsterdam-based Polish artist, Maria Magdalena Kozlowska. In June 2021, Pankaj initiated a nomadic school, TENT: A School of performative Practices. TENT has been supported by multiple theatres, festivals, and production houses from across Europe and the UK. A few of them include Santarcangelo Festival, Italy, wpZimer Antwerp, Spielart Munich, DeSingle Antwerp, DAS Theatre, Amsterdam, Gessnerallee Zurich, Radialsystem Berin, Zurcher Theatre Spaktakle, etc.

His artistic approach is based on context and connections, focusing in particular on facilitating locations for knowledge exchange and on curating artistic interventions in public spaces. In January 2020, Pankaj initiated Current: a Space, Amsterdam, which curates performances and worked to build a culture of intersectionality.

His recent works include Paperplanes(2023), The Listeners (2022), Opera to the People(2022), Remote Together(2021), Banyan(2021), The Art of Walking(2020).

Insta: https://www.instagram.com/pankajyavanika

Michiel Vandevelde (Curator and Choreographer)
Dates: 2nd to 12th Feb

Michiel studied dance and choreography at P.A.R.T.S., Brussels. He is active as a choreographer, curator, writer, and editor. As a curator, he worked for: Extra City Kunsthal, Het Bos, Bâtard festival, Precarious Pavilions, and Arts Centre DeSingel. He is involved as an editor in the Disagree. magazine and he has written articles for Etcetera, De Witte Raaf, Rekto:Verso, H ART, Mister Motley, etc. From 2017 to 2021 Michiel Vandevelde is an artist in residence at Kaaitheater (Brussels, BE). In his work, he investigates the elements that constitute or obstruct the contemporary public sphere. He explores other social, economic, and cultural alternatives we can imagine to question, challenge, and transform dominant logic and ways of organizing. He has been developing a variety of projects both in public spaces and in (performing) art institutions.


Maria Magdalena Kozłowska ( Artist and Theatre maker)
Dates: 28th Jan to 15th Feb

Maria is an artist and theatre maker born in Zielona Góra, Poland. Currently, she is a maker and theatre director for the Frascati production house in Amsterdam. She graduated from the College of Inter-Area Individual Studies In the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Warsaw and from the DAS Theatre program in Amsterdam.
Her videos and performances portray singing women and sonic utopias. She often works with classical musicians and opera singers, looking into the performance of music, as well as effectual labor of singing voice. She also researches the entanglement of voice and landscape, building temporary stages in nature and public spaces. Her work has been exhibited by art and theatre institutions, such as KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Come Together Festival in Amsterdam, Belluard Bollwerk Festival in Fribourg, Gessneralle Zürich, European Cultural Foundation and Venice Biennale of Art.

Insta: https://www.instagram.com/maria_magdalena_kozlowska

Tom Oliver Jacobson (Curator, performer, Theater maker)
Dates: 28th Jan to 15th Feb

Tom Oliver Jacobson is an Amsterdam-based curator, performer, and theatre maker who works with public space, performative encounters, and temporary institutions. Between 2015-2019 he ran the Sweden-based art collective Tlön, which organized performances and clubs in collaboration with international artists. In 2020, he co-initiated the nomadic art institute DUST working with local artists in Amsterdam and international artists abroad. He has worked as a long-term performer in the award-winning Denmark-based group Sisters Hope. In 2022 he initiated One Hundred Dinners, in which 100 public dinners are being organized in collaboration with various other artists.

Insta: https://www.instagram.com/swede.hollow

Chetna Mehrotra: (Artist, facilitator)
Dates: 4th-7th Feb

Chetna is an Artist and a Cultural entrepreneur. Founder of Rangbhumi (2011), Chetna started with Applied Arts medium and now also works in module designs, consultancy, and facilitation for organizational cultural building. In her artistic practice, she creates the idea of Multipartiality in a dialogic medium, mostly by inviting conversation to engage constructively in the transformation of the social fabric. Her curiosity lies in the power of Embodied learning practices to transform the inner space of “the Stuck”.
Chetna is a Board member of the International Playback Theatre Network and Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed and published by Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Journal.

Insta: https://www.instagram.com/chetnaamehrotra

Srinivas Reddy
Artist and Visiting Professor at IITGN

In 2011 Srinivas graduated from UC Berkeley with a PhD in South and Southeast Asian Studies. Under the guidance of Professor George Hart he studied Sanskrit, Tamil and Telugu literary traditions and completed his thesis on the Vijayanagara emperor Krishnadevaraya and his Telugu epic Amuktamalyada.

Srinivas has published numerous scholarly articles and four books: Giver of the Worn Garland (Penguin 2010), The Dancer and the King (Penguin 2014), The Cloud Message (2017) and RAYA (Juggernaut 2020). His current book project is an Anthology of Classical India Literature with Bloomsbury Publishing.

Srinivas is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Contemplative Studies at Brown University and Guest Professor at IIT Gandhinagar. 

Rahul Bishnoi
Artist of IITGN

Rahul Bishnoi is an Artist-Scholar at HSS, IIT Gandhinagar working on Practice-based research in Theatre and Performance Studies. His theatre is influenced by Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed which is centered on audience-participation and spect'actor'ship. He has been a theatre practitioner for the past six years and had the experience of working with Adishakti Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre, Clown Without Borders. His most recent performance "Tell Me Your Despair and I'll Tell You Mine" has been selected for Mid American Theatre Conference 2023 panel discussion. Rahul also holds a B.Tech in Bioengineering from IIT Guwahati where he represented Xpressions of three Inter IIT Cultural Meets. His research and artistic work can be explored at www.rahulbishnoi.com 

Brian Brophy
Scholar-in-Residence at IITGN

A 25-year veteran actor in the film/TV/theater industry, Brian joined Caltech as TACIT's director in 2008. He also serves as the Artistic Director of MACH 33: The Festival of New Science-Driven Plays.

He has directed over fifty plays around the world and is a thirty-year veteran actor in the film/TV/theater industry. His roles in A Day Without a Mexican, Cradle Will Rock, The Shawshank Redemption, The Player, and Star Trek: The Next Generation's "The Measure of a Man" remain his favorites.

Brian is Fulbright scholar, Scholar in Residence at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGn), and a Yale-NUS Singapore Artist in Residence. He is a multi-recipient of the California Arts Council's Artists in Communities grant, and recipient of a George Soros Foundation funding award for a theater project in Bosnia. 

Harvansh Dandelia
Artist of IITGN - Musician and Ph.D. student at IITGN

Harvansh Dandelia is a self-trained musician. He has been playing musical instruments since he was 12 years old. He has been an active member of the music clubs during BTech at NIT Raipur and Mtech at IIT Gandhinagar. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the discipline of Mechanical engineering at IITGN. Throughout the year, Harvansh can be seen performing at various events across the institute. Harvansh has also had the opportunity to represent his institute at Inter-IIT cultural meet and other inter-college events. Some of the instruments that he plays are the keyboard, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, drums, tabla, and dholak. Lately, he has developed a strong liking for the electric bass and he wishes to explore more of it.


February 1 – 15

Interaction with five Amsterdam-based Visiting Artists

Time: 10 am-2 pm (every day) | Venue: Dance Studio – hall 11, Central Arcade

February 2-5

Workshop on “Human Powered Irrigation System”

February 2 (Thursday) 21.00-23.00, February 4 (Saturday) 14.00-16.00, February 5 (Sunday) 14.00-16.00 | Venue: Art Studio 

February 3-5

Workshop on “Speculative Fiction”

February 3 (Friday) 21.00-23.00, February 4 (Saturday) 17.30-19.00, February 5 (Sunday) 17.30-19.00
Venue: Art Studio 

February 3 – 11

Curators meet on Reverse Mobility

Time 3 pm -6 pm (every day) | Venue: Dance floor, Central Arcade

February 4 & 13

TENT Dinner and Lunch

Dinner: February 4 | Venue: Housing Block 2/301 | Time7-8:30 pm
Lunch: February 13 | Venue: Art Studio | Time: 1:30-3 pm
Please send an email to pankajyavanika@gmail.com/ art@iitgn.ac.in for confirmation

February 6

Conversation on “How to build sustainable structures in Art” with Artist Chetana Mehrotra

Time: 9:15 pm -10:15 pm | Venue: Old PC, hostel area, IITGN

February 7

Symposium/sharing from the working house of curators’ meet

Time: 4 pm-5 pm | Venue: Online

February 8 

Kathak Performance

Time: 7-9 | Venue: TBD 

February 10

Public Art by Visiting Artists during winter Carnation

Time 7 pm -10 pm | Venue: Hockey field

February 12

“Andaaz - Evening of Ragas” Indian Classical Music Concert led by Prof. Srinivas Reddy

Time: 7 pm-10 pm | Venue: Jibaben Patel Memorial Auditorium

February 13

Workshop on Opera to the People

Time: TBD | Venue: TBD 

February 14

Theatre Performance “Lal Batti Express” By Kranti Theatre Group, Mumbai

Time: 8-9 Pm | Venue: TBD 

February 18-19

Blithchron, Cultural Festival

Time: All Day

February 25

Street Play “Second Class Citizen?” by Budhan Theatre

Time: TBD | Venue: TBD

February 26

"Every Brilliant Thing" play by Rahul Bishnoy, IITGN Student 

Time: TBD | Venue: TBD


Registration is free


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