Thursday, 31 January 2008

India Photo Now’08

Jean-Christophe Blaser, Associate Curator at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne visited India to participate in the INDIA PHOTO NOW’08. [dated January 2008]

Organised by the Embassy of France, INDIA PHOTO NOW'08 will act as a platform to encourage new initiatives in photography. Born from the collaboration of various Indian and European partners, this large-scale series of events is scheduled to be held throughout the year 2008.

IPN’08 will promote debate and exchange, create a basis for appraising heritage issues through the use of public space, initiate and sustain publishing endeavours through a series of events such as exhibitions, installations, meetings and seminars, workshops, residence programmes and more.

The series of dialogues on photography will start with a two-day seminar in which well-known speakers from France, India, Switzerland and other countries will speak about the various issues related to photography such as curating, publishing and reviewing.

Jean-Christophe Blaser, Associate Curator at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne is visiting India in January 2008 to participate in the round table on 'A new place for photography in Indian culture & society ?' which will be held on January 28 & 29 at the India International Centre. The IPN'08 platform is based on a concept by independent photographer Alain Willaume.

For more information visit: INDIA PHOTO NOW'08
Portofino-Ballade by Peter Rinderknecht

In collabration with the Ishara International Puppet Festival 2008, Ranga Shankara and Goethe - Zentrum, Hyderabad. [dated January 2008]

Portofino-Ballade by Peter Rinderknecht Pro Helvetia – the Swiss Arts Council presents Peter Rinderknecht’s PORTOFINO – BALLADE

Fri 18 Jan'08 at Ranga Shankara at 11:00 am & 7:30 pm. 
 Sat 19 Jan'08 at Ranga Shankara at 11:00 am & 7:30 pm. 
 Partner: Ranga Shankara

Wed 23 Jan'08 at ITC Hotel the Kakatiya at 7:30 pm. 
 Thurs 24 Jan'08 at Vidyaranya High School - Matinee show 
 Thurs 24 Jan'08 at Vidyaranya High School at 6:30 pm
Partners: Goethe-Zentrum and ITC Hotel the Kakatiya

Ishara International Puppet Festival 2008 
Sun 27 Jan'08 at the Amphitheatre, India Habitat Centre at 6:30 pm. 
Partner: Teamworks Production

The actor, director and author, Peter Rinderknecht has been one of the most important personalities in theatre for young audiences in Switzerland for over two decades and travels the world with his plays. With his open form of story telling Peter creates his own theatre world, in which reality and fantasy merge. Portofino – Ballade is a play with music and puppets for curious people from the age of 7 plus. Mr Cuckoo pops out of the clock on the hour, every hour, year in, year out. That’s his job. His son hangs out in the back room, bored to death. He doesn’t want to take over his father’s job; he wants to make his own way in the world. Playing a double bass that opens up like an advent calendar, a musician takes us into the land of "what if? “. What if double basses were clocks? What if cuckoos were men? A poignant story of family and freedom and what they really mean.

By: Peter Rinderknecht 
Director: Andreas 'Paulchen' Günther with Peter Rinderknecht 
Music: Res Wepfer 
Scenery and Puppets: Benno Widmer

For more information on Peter Rinderknecht click here.
PLASMA performs at Bharat Rang Mahotsav 08

Swiss theatre company PLASMA to perform at Bharat Rang Mahotsav 08, organised by the National School of Drama. [dated January 2008]

PLASMA explores the borders between theatre, music and fine arts and in this manner creates performances, which are densely layered.

Delhi - 5 January, at Kamani Auditorium at 7:00 pm
Mumbai - 7 January, at the Nehru Centre at 7:30 pm

DELIRIUM is a 70-minute piece with five actors and two musicians, and is a co-production with the Hebbel-Theater (Berlin), Schlachthaus Theater (Bern) and Fabriktheater (Zürich). It has been staged at the German OFF-Festival IMPULSE, the Wiener Festwochen 2006, Reminiscencje Teatralne (Cracaw), and Seoul Performing Arts Festival in 2007 and will be shown at the Baltic Circle Helsinki 2008, after Bharat Rang Mahotsav 08.

DELIRIUM, a theatrical machine somewhere between digital dataflow and tangible melancholy, is inspired by the company's own experiences of the Finnish winter during their tour to Helsinki. People at a bar. The endless night. Shifting perceptions, slowly dissolving the borders between the fantasized, the remembered and the experienced. We find ourselves in regions the other side of consciousness, in a space between last orders and locking up. That moment when, having had a glass or two, we sit quietly in the corner of the bar and watch the room bend, and wait for the taxi or the next drink.

Commemorating 60 years of Indo-Swiss friendship
Commemorating 60 years of Indo-Swiss Friendship

The year 2008 is a year of celebrations for India and Switzerland – a year that commemorates 60 years of the signing of the Indo-Swiss Friendship Treaty. [dated 2008]

The year 2008 is a year of celebrations for India and Switzerland – a year that commemorates 60 years of the signing of the Indo-Swiss Friendship Treaty and of friendship that dates back to much earlier than that.

It is the objective of strengthening present relationships, seeking new partnerships and presenting the diverse image of Switzerland to the decision makers of today and tomorrow, that serves as a basis of the jubilee celebrations, apart from celebrating 60 years of the signing of the treaty. Various projects, in the fields of culture, economic, politics, education, science & technology and development, have been planned in India and Switzerland across the year 2008, in association with a number of partners like Pro Helvetia, Switzerland Tourism, Swiss Development Cooperation and Swiss-Indian Chamber of Commerce. Projects are being coordinated by the Embassy of Switzerland, New Delhi and Presence Switzerland.

The visit of the President of the Swiss Confederation, Ms. Micheline Calmy-Rey, to India, in November 2007, served as the ‘launch’ of the jubilee celebrations.

For more information on the jubilee celebrations visit: