Mono-Acting, Solo Performances, One character show, Monologues and many more derivatives of Individual presentation on stage are happening across the theatre world. There are events and competitions right from school level to open category that provides platform for such form of theatre. We at Astitva & Mumbaitheatreguide.com would like to take this next level of execution through our new endeavor, called Vastu-Sthiti.
“Vastu-Sthiti” is the event name coined by Astitva & Mumbaitheatreguide.com to create a newer approach for Object theatre. As the words read; Vastu means “Object” and Sthiti means “Situation” and thus the event focuses on creating a theatre platform to exhibit the finest combination of Objects & Situation through performances.
The best reference to understand the concept that can be drawn from the famous Hollywood flick; “Castaway” and the brilliance of performance shown by Tom Hanks with his Football named “Wilson” or he making fire for the first time.
“Vastu-Sthiti” is an initiative to provide an avenue for solo performers in exploring more insights and array of visualization and improvisation with objects. The idea behind this event is to invite performance pieces from every possible corner of the world; where performers exist and showcase them to a more universal audience through online platform; Vastu-Sthiti; than a restricted and limited number of people in an enclosed venue.
We would expect the performers to use found objects to create a story with characters. Instead of objects and/or puppets specifically designed for the narrative, Vastu-Sthiti demands that the actor deliberately uses everyday objects, either as is or transformed into other things, requiring the skill of the performer and the imagination of the audience for its success.
Everyday objects displace traditional crafted realistic or fantasy figures – a little girl might be represented by a napkin; a box becomes a podium, a gurney, or a temple. Because they are free of an imposed personality/identity, mundane objects activate the imagination and creative intelligence of performer and audience.
Many practitioners create object theatre as a hidden puppeteer, revealing just their hands to move the objects or with their bodies in full view, but dressed in blacks. The audience is encouraged to ignore their presence and focus on the narrative being created with the objects. However, other practitioners create an object theatre that involves the performer/s in full view of the audience without any attempt to hide the person moving the objects. Some practitioners of object theatre even involve the performer in the narrative, itself. We would expect the latter part as the option for Vastu-Sthiti.
The elevation of an object from the status of prop to active agent provokes anxiety, because it appears that focus on the object will reduce focus on the human body. This anxiety is in fact justified, because performing Object Theater de-centers the actor and places her or him in relationship not to another actor or to the audience, but to a representative of the lifeless world. But the lifeless object speaks profoundly when manipulated by its performer. – John Bell