C Sharp C Blunt 2013
In C sharp C blunt, director Sophia Stepf from Berlin and singer actor MD Pallavi from Bangalore, have invited co-conspirators to create a piece of interrogation into what it means to be a professional woman in India's entertainment industry today.
In her first ever solo performance, MD Pallavi takes the audience through a funny, sarcastic and political rendition of the latest App in the market and the people behind it: The body, the voice and the programmer.
C sharp C blunt is made for the Indian urban audience.
|Text collaborators||Swar Thounaojam, Irawati Karnik|
|Assistant Director||Rituparna Bhattacharya|
|Live Sound||Nikhil Nagaraj|
|Light Design||Muhammad Mustafa A|
|Production Management||Veena Appiah & Shilpa Jagadish|
|Photography and Design||Shamik Sen Gupta|
14. bis 17.3.13, Jagriti Bangalore (opening)
11. bis 12.5.13, Kulturhaus Dock 4 Kassel (test run, in excerpts)
17. bis 18.8.13, Ranga Shankara Bangalore
20.8.13, NCPA Experimental Mumbai
16. bis 17.11. Kalaa Utsavam Festival, Esplanade, Singapur
25.1.2014, Co Bank Auditorium, Trivandrum/Kerala
28.1.2014, International Theatre Festival of Kerala, Thrissur
"Since the female body will continue to be saleable for as long as we live in a society governed by male heterosexual norms, a play such as C Sharp C Blunt can be assured of eternal relevance. (...) “Kudos” is what I would have told the director Sophia Stepf if it hadn’t been on my personal list of ugly-sounding words. She has extracted a sparkling performance from Pallavi: a sweeping range of modulation in voice, impeccable timing so crucial for humour, and finely calibrated movements and moods. Anger peaks but doesn’t get out of hand; seriousness momentarily tips over into lightness or sarcasm and returns."
„We are cyborgs of a sort: our perceptions and constructs are derived from a social reality. Is this some sort of hidden curriculum? Are we programmed to think and act the way we do towards women – an objectified entity that belongs in the kitchen, and is typically understood within the realms of the male gaze? Just as you begin to ponder the answers to these questions, questions that will inevitably play on loop as Pallavi effortlessly drags you further and further into her portrayals, you realize your only escape is a bloodcurdling scream. A scream that shatters, and changes the way you think.“
(Explocity, april 2013)
Sophia and the team that has developed with her the script have done more than just being unique with this devised and improvised production. The play is a complex of the question of female agency over body and artistic expression as also the context of patriarchy which, against the background of the public outrage over rape and molestation of women in the country, creates just the right tension for the performance. And Pallavi brings off a tour de force, using all her virtuosity in singing and acting, mixed with an alive and active conscience grappling with the gender question, the public space without and the private one within. She beckons with her microphone held out, inviting us to speak, encouraging us to spill out our prejudices (speaking, of course, for men) and daring us to stare.“
(Bangalore Mirror, 21.4.13)