As performing arts turn digital throughout the pandemic, the latest theater providing to go online is Kal Agar Main Marjaun by Bee Gul and also Khalid Ahmed. The play, which has actually been generated in collaboration with the Vasl Artists Organization, will certainly be streamed online complied with by a conversation as well as talk with the core team on Friday, September 24.
Kal Agar Key Marjaun (What Happens If I Die Tomorrow) is a layered, abstract as well as speculative item of storytelling organized as an item of the Vasl Artists’ Organization’s Multidisciplinary Residency Programme. The 45-minute one-act play is essentially an argument on life, death, existentialism as well as the passage of time. The play was organized in very early August in Karachi and also shot. It will be broadcast on September 24 from 7pm to 9pm by means of Facebook Live.
The performance weaves with each other three languages– Urdu, Bengali and also Punjabi– along with poetry from Mirza Ghalib, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Majaz Lakhnawi as well as Sahir Ludhianvi. While the play’s title is motivated by death-obsessed virtuoso as well as distinguished poet Emily Dickinson’s famous rhyme ‘If I must Pass away’, the narrative also includes the Urdu translation of the poem.
The play starts with an intriguing premise– alcohol consumption water being swiped as though it were a desired object– and also links essential inquiries concerning the flow of time, relating it to death. The play seems to concentrate on the clash of 2 ideologies embodied by Tariq Raja (Naujawaan) and Nazar Ul Hassan’s personalities (Bhoora)– one wants to stay stuck in time while the various other wishes to race to the future.
The manuscript has actually been penciled well-known author Bee Gul and routed by thespian Khalid Ahmed. The duo collaborated in 2015 for another black-box theatre one-act work of art that centred on 9 intimate pair communications as well as was labelled Bedroom Conversations.
Kal Agar Main Marjaun discuss motifs such as life, death, suicide, youth traumas that materialize right into the adult years and existentialist metaphors that are poignantly shared with verse, songs, dance as well as rhythmic dialogue.
The play stars 3 grads of the National Academy of Doing Arts (NAPA)– Nazar Ul Hassan, Tariq Raja and Ifrah Khalid– in main roles, along with sustaining cast and professional dancers John, Javeria Khurram, Issac Youngren, Samson Dawood Bhatt and Ahmed Aslam. The performance joins together all three major types of live performing art– theater, dancing as well as music. The songs structure has actually been scored by timeless vocalist Ayesha Low point Ali, while the important arrangements were by Ustad Mohammad Hanif.
It would certainly have been less complicated for audiences to concentrate on the stars if the live songs, artists and players were kept off stage. To some, the play might also really feel somewhat disjointed in attempting to bring together a lot of art kinds such as poetry, online music, dance, instrumentalists, theatre, fine arts and also mythology as one alternative story. This could be because of the brief two-week residency program period and also variety of musicians associated with the production.
The dancing sequence by Ifrah Khalid also stopped working to make a mark as she had a mic wired around her, which appeared to limit her mobility as well as we all understand that mics used in real-time theatre can be troublesome for a performer. Though the dance felt motivated from a timeless kind of kathak, Ifrah’s outfit and also clothing (a brownish ankle-length dress with a blue dupatta around her midsection) was totally random and matched neither her character nor dance performance.
Watch out for a vital self-reflective moment in the play where Naujawan echoes what operate on loophole in practically every middle-class, urban, working millennial’s mind: “What do I perform with this endangered life? Make love? Elevate children? Use a connection and also live a lie? Succumb to a life that signs up for society’s superficial standards?” The scenes in between Naujawaan and also Bhoora will most definitely leave you doubting your own life, fatality, childhood and also existence.
Star Tariq Raja, that played Naujawaan, claimed the play starts with his personality stating his assumption of life and death as two various realms. “Life as something to be celebrated and fatality as something to grieve but in the direction of the end of the story, my personality is exposed to the realisation that life and death are really two faces of the exact same coin. The wider range of life as a whole has nothing to do with death, as death is basically life transforming to a new type, as well as passing away can be as beautiful as living,” he claimed.
The manufacturing layout
The lighting style by Fraz Chhotani is effective in producing ambient illumination which stimulates a sombre state of mind for the play generally. The abstract, presentational collection design is a subtle yet grand juxtaposition of the stage set against the backdrop of a paint by a group of artists (Syed Phool Badshah, Arif Mahmood, Shahid Zubair, Muhammad Ijaz, Shakil, Zaheer, Muhammad Raees, Ahmed Raees and also Gul Sher) as well as highlights the incredible hard work that goes into constructing a theoretical collection for theatre. The paint background includes a much needed poetic magnitude to the extreme scenes in between the personalities.
In general, the set as well as lighting complements the blocking of the actors. The sound of real-time theater can stumble upon as a bit rough and distorted when all the performers are wearing mics yet because the performance was being recorded, it did seem like a needed wickedness.
At first, the play was set up to be staged live for audiences as 3 performances at the Getz Pharma Auditorium as well as the Arts Council of Pakistan however as a result of the abrupt lockdown revealed by the Sindh government on July 30, all performances were shelved. Despite the lockdown, the Vasl production team took care of to organize a discreet efficiency at the Getz Pharma auditorium for recording functions as well as for selected participants of journalism, following full SOPs and precaution against Covid-19.
The Vasl team will certainly now stream the play digitally using Facebook Survive Friday from 7pm to 9pm. The play itself will be streamed from 7pm to 8pm and also will certainly be followed by a talk with core actors and staff members from 8pm to 9pm. The panel will consist of dramatist Bee Gul, director Khalid Ahmed, actor Nazar-Ul-Hassan as well as vocalist Aisha Nadir Ali.