Introducing KIPAF

PERFORMERS iNDEPENDENT (Pi) was an independent artists' collective, experimenting and exploring the traditional, modernist and contemporary spaces in the cultural paradigm. The Kolkata International Performance Art Festival was initiated by Pi in 2012 to annually open up the city of Kolkata to diverse traditions of performance, performitivty and interventions. Since then Pi has got fragmented but KIPAF has taken deeper roots.

The festival aims to be a platform for dialogue between site, art, politics and culture. KIPAF acknowledges the nascent nature of Performance Art in India, and will always play a role in the pedagogy of performance art.
The festival is be held between 23rd-26th January every year.

Friday, 25 September 2015

As the Day Began , Morning of #kipaf15 Day 4


Aopala Bannerjee's feel of the morning of 26th Janary at TENT

we entered.
a girl stood on the doorway not letting us move forward.
she had a book in her hand
she opened it an offered a pen
we sketched,scribbled,wrote
then she closed the book
she asked us to write our names on the cover of the book
and cancel the name which was written before.
We were then allowed to step ahead.
walking a few steps, we encountered a boy baring his torso.
holding a pen in his hand for us to write on his bare chest.
Our words, we engraved on his chest, sanctioned our entry to the space safely  guarded by his performances/presence.
In the middle of the room, a man was wearing an attire locked, with keys around his neck.
Before him was a man sitting on the doorway creating sounds from the words of the text he indulged in.
In another room, a woman stood, dressed in pink, with balloons all over her, masquerading her face adorning her hijab.
The corridor saw a a performer paint words with black, from a text she held in her hands. These words adorned the walls of the corridor.
As time passed by, the audience started to burst the balloons attached to the performer, rigorously.
Zuni, one of the performers, went about the Tent "questioning about 26" to the  other performers. Amidst all this, we heard her hum songs.
Mozo, a performer, decorated the bathroom with edited pictures of Gods, the commode was decorated with garlands and the entrance to the space had a wooden shoe, authentically Indian in the religious context. There was also, a video projection of devotees singing for the holy gods.
with time,the space was filled with more people
the other performers worried about their work
the space was being shared...
we dispersed for lunch.

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