For the first time this year, MILAP will host events exclusively for children. Encouraging children to engage with the arts requires focused programming and curation that caters to different age groups stimulating their curiosities and interests.
Fifty registered children will participate in two workshops held by Gillo Foundation. There will be a section in the Book Fair that will solely display books by various publishers that specialise in literature for young readers.
Gillo Foundation: Gillo Foundation’s Theatre Repertory works in Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA), creating performing arts experiences that engage children and young adults with theatre in particular and the arts in general. Their work creates opportunities for children to develop deep and life-long connections with the arts. Since 2010 they have produced 17 plays, staged over 350 shows, conducted workshops and reached over 80000 children and young people through our work.
Theatre workshop I: SPEECHLESS
The main focus of the workshop shall be to spark imagination and see possibilities of sharing stories and experiences through the medium of theatre.
This workshop shall introduce ways of expression using the body, to narrate, to express emotions, moving to music, performing short texts (verbally and non-verbally). Some activities will be done individually and some in groups of varying numbers. The participants shall be engaged through a series of exercises and explorations focusing on the ensemble.
Just think how an image or a gesture can spark a thought or a word and how many simple images can be turned into a story. Or how about giving shapes to your body to tell a story. In this workshop, we shall explore how our body can express thoughts and emotions. Creating and analysing images, building gestures using masks, playing with words, and more.
Sounds shall be made using simple musical instruments, our own bodies, as well as objects from the surroundings.
Theatre workshop II: ADVENTURE TIME
Adventure time, as the name suggests, is all about using our imagination to explore different ages of time, different places, meeting some interesting characters, solving mysteries and coming back with a lot of stories to tell. It combines imagination, storytelling, ensemble work, physical theatre and many such techniques to create scenarios. But that’s all secondary; the most important thing it promises is a whole lot of fun and many adventures.
Janit Temkar is a theatre artist and music arranger. He has been a part of Gillo Repertory Theatre for several years (Read More).
Sriparna Chatterjee is a singer and has been performing with Gillo Repertory Theatre for over a year. She has trained in Hindustani classical music (Read More).