After having participated in
the group of Theater of Sources directed by Jerzy Grotowski, Abani
Biswas has continued to work in India.
His research team has gradually expanded, as a number of traditional artists
representing diverse disciplines and regions of India were invited to
join in the workshops.
Over a period of several years the performing activity of Milón
Méla has evolved into a stable part of the Sources Research
project. Today 15 to 20 traditional artists participate in residential
workshops in India and in Italy, and in annual tours
The group of Milón Méla includes:
Milón Méla was presented at theater festivals in Italy,
Switzerland, Poland, Germany, Slovenia, Spain, France and Austria.
It has been performing in city squares and streets, open arenas and theaters.
The group conducted workshops in schools and universities, worked with
various theatre groups, cultural associations, psychotherapy groups and
people from different walks of life interested in our work.
Each group of traditional artists
presents with a due mastery their own discipline:
- For indoor performances
(theatre stage or a large hall) a possibility of a complete blackout
- Space dimensions: 8x7 meters.
- For a theatre stage black
background and side curtains are needed.
- Lights: 20 adjustable revolving
lights, 5 floor-lights, 4 spots with yellow and orange gel
- Sound: 6 lavalier radio-microphones,
4 directional microphones with perches
(If the room has good acoustics it is preferable to use natural sound
without any amplification).
Requirements for outdoor
performances (squares, loggias, parks, amphitheatres etc.) vary;
therefore it is important that the group director visits the location
few days before the actual performance.
Dynamic and filled with energy, the Parade catches attention of
grown-ups and children alike.
It communicates with and invites to participate spectators and bystanders.
The Parade begins with a dramatic entrance of drums followed by
the vibrant tune of Shanai pipe that sets off the Parade on its
The group is lead by Baul musicians who are followed by the refined and harmonious Gotipua dancers, by the masked Chhau
with their acrobatic dances and by Kalaripayattu combats combined
with whirling fireworks.
Along the way the group stops in larger squares where it offers additional
Ideally, the Parade should start at sunset and evolve into the
night illuminated by the lights of the Fire Dance.
- The established
route has to be closed to traffic for the duration of the
- A clearance to
exhibit fireworks should be obtained.
- The group director
needs to visit the location at least several hours before
the beginning of the Parade.
Big hall with a possibility of complete blackout and preferably with
a wooden floor.
Three work-sessions with Abani Biswas and the Milón Méla
artists. The workshop begins with a simultaneous presentation of
all the disciplines followed by two blocks of activity:
- Physical work (dance,
martial arts) and The Motions (action structured during
the work of Theatre of Sources)
- The Marma (work
on attention, movement, rhythm and voice) and the Mother Language
At the end of the workshop
the presentation and the Mother Language with the involvement
of 4-6 workshop participants are presented to a limited public.
|17:00 - 19:00
The set up, if possible, can be arranged in the workshop space.
Patua scrolls accompanied by music and songs of Bauls.
|20:00 - 22:30
||Alternating theatre events:
Parade, Performances, demonstrations and The Mother Language
group can be lodged at social/cultural centers, schools, countryside
tourist establishments etc. If the premises are adequately furnished
the group can take charge of running its own kitchen.