ENCOUNTER is playing:
March 8th at 8pm
March 10th at 2pm
at the Keshet Center for the Arts
4121 Cutler Ave NE
Directed by Aparna Sindhoor and Anil Natyaveda
Performed by Aparna Sindhoor, Anil Natyaveda, Leah Vincent, Kennedy Kabasares, Shivani Thakkar, Sonia Bologa, Matt Valdez, Casimo Puri
Written by S M Raju and Aparna Sindhoor
Inspired by a story by Mahasweta Devi.
Music by Isaac Thomas Kottukapally
Set Design by Chris Fitch and Anil Natyaveda
Costume Support by Beth Kelly, Sonia Bologa
The word ‘Encounter’ has a specific meaning in the Indian (South Asian) context. ‘Encounter’ does not just mean a ‘chance meeting,’ it is a euphemism for the state (police or military) orchestrated ‘chance meetings,’ to get rid of (kill, or torture and kill) the so-called enemies of the state. A fake encounter, or a ‘staged encounter,’ happens when the police or armed forces torture/rape/kill the suspects in custody, or when the suspects are unarmed, and it is claimed that the victims were killed in ‘an encounter,’ and the police had to shoot in self-defense. Such killings are extrajudicial, as they are not authorized by a court or by the law. Our show explores multiple meanings of ‘Encounter’, including torture, while challenging and creating a counter to this military ‘encounter’.
Stories and events from around the world informed and inspired us to create this work including: Draupadi a story by Mahasweta Devi about an indigenous woman named Dopdi Mejhen. Mahasweta Devi’s stories inspire me in ways that makes me move physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Anil, Raju and I have interpreted and re-created this extraordinary story in our own way – with dance, song, movement, speech, narratives, physicality, martial art, acrobatics and all that! — Aparna Sindhoor
This is a PASSPORT ENTRY performance and a ticket is required. You may use your Passport or purchase individual tickets at the venue. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling the Revolutions Hotline at 505.414.3738 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payment will be taken at the box office prior to the show. We accept cash, personal checks, and credit/debit cards. Passport holders will also call the Passport Hotline at 505.414.3738.