To commemorate its 50th anniversary, Darpana has forged a partnership with Nexion. The objective of this collaboration is to build a cultural bridge between Italy and India, celebrating the rich cultural legacies of both nations. This joint effort not only celebrates art and creativity but also serves to fortify connections between local and international communities. It promotes cultural exchange, fosters mutual learning, and enhances the overall well-being of the community.
Darpana, with a rich history of over fifty years, has been at the forefront of managing international artistic residencies since 1963. These residencies began with Merce Cunningham and his dance company in 1963 and evolved over time, becoming more structured with collaborations such as the UNESCO Aschberg Residency and a seven-year partnership with Asialink, Australia.
The core purpose of these residencies is to offer time and space for the collaborative birth of new artistic works. The process involves a month of exploration and experimentation, allowing ideas to develop and culminate in the creation of unique productions. Resident artists also engage with local artists during their stay.
Darpana presents: Macbeth
The production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a collaboration between Mallika Sarabhai and Massimiliano Troiani, embodies diverse cultural elements and theatrical techniques. Troiani’s direction aims to transcend historical and cultural boundaries, incorporating languages, signs, and characters from various cultures, reflecting the cultural diversity of the 21st century. The production retains Shakespeare’s linguistic richness and incorporates elements from British, Indian, and Italian magical traditions, including references to southern Italian tarantism.
Troiani’s innovative direction also considers the Indian audience, lightening descriptive portions of the tragedy while emphasizing moments of high dramatic impact. The incorporation of Hindi, Neapolitan songs translated into Hindi, ancient tenor sounds, and Indian mudras contributes to the unique alchemy on stage. The production, enriched with magical elements, aligns with Shakespeare’s works, especially in Macbeth.