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The Interconnectedness of All Living Things - With John Britton / Manjari Kaul

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 8:00PM - 9:00PM
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The Interconnectedness of all Living Things.
We share more than you might think.

Created and Directed by John Britton & Manjari Kaul, in collaboration with the cast.


Ancient stories, legends and myths tell of humans transforming into other animals, or other animals becoming partly or wholly human. The boundaries between us and them were much more porous back then than they seem to be nowadays. Or so we think.

Perhaps the old stories were right perhaps there is an unbreakable interconnection between all living things. Perhaps being human is not so very different to being anything else.

Modern genetics tells us how much all living things share 98.8% of human DNA is also found in Chimps and Bonobos. We share 90% of our DNA with chickens, 84% with dogs, and more than 50% with vegetables.

100% Human is a playful collection of snapshots of metamorphoses, drawing on old and new stories from India and Europe stories in which being human is not as secure as we might think it is. Told through DUENDEs trademark style of ensemble physical performance mixing text, choreography, sound and image the work is created and directed by John Britton and Manjari Kaul, and performed by the students of The DUENDE School of Ensemble Physical Theatre. 100% Human is the culmination of a two-month professional training course.


John Britton is the Artistic Director of DUENDE an international collaboration of artists committed to ensemble, physical, interdisciplinary performance. He is an internationally renowned director, performer, teacher and is the author of two books. He is also the founder of the DUENDE School.

Manjari Kaul is a Delhi based director. She has an MA from JNU and a graduate of The DUENDE School. She is one of the core team at DUENDE. She has directed and performed original work in India, Greece and the UK. John and Manjari recently directed Macbeth at the National School of Drama (Delhi) and are currently developing a new show for The Company Theatre (Mumbai).


The DUENDE School of Ensemble Physical Theatre is a professional training school that has run
in Europe for a number of years and for the first time this year is running in India. Established by
John Britton, the training is for actors, dancers, improvisers, inter-disciplinary performers and
artists looking for frameworks to create their own work. The training is delivered by John Britton
and a small team of DUENDE Artists and Associates.
The DUENDE School also runs shorter residential training and performance workshops, usually in
rural settings, in different locations each year.

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We all are half done, we all are incomplete. Mohan Rakesh's Aadhe Adhure is what true theatre is. It is pure drama written with a very nuanced and methodical understandings of human psyche. It repeatedly draws often the theme of our expectations and reality. Are we happy with what we have? Can we ever be happy? What is happiness?

In Aadhe Adhure, Mohan Rakesh takes an ordinary family where the family relationships are already crumbling. The wife is the only earning member in a family of 5, the husband has lost all his self-confidence. The elder daughter eloped and married but is still struggling to find happiness, her younger brother has reached of age but yet to find a job and the youngest teenager has coming of age problems coupled with a need to get attention. The wife is tired of taking care of everyone and has her own desires and ambitions.

Rakesh wastes no time in setting up the tension, but he never lets go off it. This is a story where everyone is at fault and yet no-one is. Rakesh unfolds the story brilliantly and his command over his audience is splendid.

TOYO - Theatre on your own, uses minimal props to render the story. At some points, it feels mere a dramatic reading of the play yet the actors render their roles with a gloom that stays with you even after the play gets over. There is also a minimal use of shadow effects yet it adds exponential flavoring.

Aadhe Adhure is a must watch play. You can take your parents to this one and it will be a discussion point for the way back home.

- by Arvind for TOYO(Theatre on your own) organized by Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices .

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