Based on twelve years research, this book provides detailed descriptions of the culture of folk theatre and outlines its importance for practitioners, audiences and the worldwide theatre industry, presenting a unique angle on selected performances.
Moving beyond conventional accounts of different techniques, this book explores Indian folk theatres as living, changing organisms in their various contexts. The writers The writer spends time studying this integration of life and art, looking at very specific performances in specific locations. The complexity of modern Indian culture is discussed as part of the contextual approach – its religious diversity, intense poverty, the integration of state-of-the-art technology into rural and slum lives.
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Julia Hollander is a British theatre director, teacher and writer. She has staged operas all over the world, including three acclaimed productions for English National Opera in London. Her study and artistic collaboration with Indian folk theatre practitioners began in the early 1990’s.
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