The core of the Sources
Research project lies in the practical work.
Every year in the months of December and January a work-session takes place
at the Theatre House in India.
The proposal implies the journey
to India (Santiniketan, West Bengal), in an area, which is not on the
tourist map itineraries.
The workshop is directed by Abani Biswas; we
invite the participants to experience a well-structured process of work
based on silence, music, dramatic actions, techniques of attention and
observation, breathing and voice.
The residential workshop conducted at Theatre
House is different from a multitude of various workshops that
Westerners can attend in India in the fact that it does not offer exclusively
the possibility of learning the traditional techniques.
It rather gives the opportunity to attend traditional and ritualistic
modalities of expression, however, in an accurate manner.
People who participate in the laboratory are Westerns or Indians from
the cities, and many are the guests that follow traditional spiritual
and artistic practices and disciplines.
Participants participate in practical work sessions with Abani and with
the following traditional masters and artists: Bauls
musicians form Bengal, Chhau dancers
from Jarkhand, Gotipua dancers from Orissa, and masters of Martial art Kalaripayattu
During the workshop many guests arrive in alternation to conduct
other Bauls and Fakirs,
the Patua storytellers and scroll
the Gotipua dancers from Orissa,
traditional actors and music players.
In the middle of January (on 11th/ 12th/ 13th), Theatre
House hosts for three days a large number (more than 100) of wondering monks of
different currents of Hinduism. A large number of Bauls, Fakirs and local people from the neighbouring tribal villages also join in it along with the participants from abroad. The evenings are reverberated with the fires of the rituals, demonstrations and performances by the team of Milòn Mèla with the participants. A group of Patua story tellers and painters and an Indian master of Shadow Theatre also gave regular demonstrations.
At the beginning of February the activity continues with Yoga classes (Kumbhak Hata Yoga) guided by the master Viswajeet Ghiri.
For the coming-up dates see