SAIIER 2019:Centre for Research in the Performing Arts (CRIPA)

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SAIIER 2018-19
Centre for Research in the Performing Arts (CRIPA)


CRIPA is a rehearsal hall, the first phase of a Performing Arts Centre in Kalabhumi, devoted to music, theatre and dance rehearsals, performances and classes. CRIPA provides space for these activities, and fosters, supports and encourages research into the Performing Arts in Auroville.

Activities of the year:

This year has been very prolific as we have hosted more than 30 different performers for a little more than 45 performances in all the arts of the stage: piano, choir, theatre, dance, lyrical concerts and traditional music, mixing local and foreign artists.

Despite the construction work on Phase 2 of CRIPA, we have continued to host regular classes and dance workshops, theater, piano, chants and performing arts in general.

This year CRIPA was also partner to three major events in Auroville: the Capoeira Festival, the Tango Festival and the Auroville Art Camp & Festival for which we made available the space and whatever technical means it was possible for us to provide.

This year we had the pleasure to host three shows especially dedicated to children and teenagers: songs of the Youth Choir directed by Nuria, the theater performance “Odd Eye See” with The Unicorn Collective, and “Awakening Bird” for the little ones with Carlos Antunes, a volunteer with the Auroville Theatre Group.

Outcomes:

We provided for rehearsals leading to performances attended by hundreds of Aurovilians, adults and children, volunteers, guests and guest artists. Classes attracted hundreds of students in theatre, dance and music. Workshops provided a platform for interaction between students and guest artists from Auroville, India and abroad.

Reflections:

The diversity and the quality of the performances represented to us a real work at a professional level for beautiful performances in Auroville, India and Internationally.

It is a great satisfaction for us to involve young people in the performing arts and so closely mix culture and education.

Thanks to the support of SAIIER we were able to acquire quality sound equipment giving us autonomy of use that we did not have before. In addition, we regularly share this material, as well as lights to external places like Kalabhumi or the Visitor’s Centre.

For next year we would like to acquire video equipment (projector) of good quality because it is now used in more than 70% of productions.