Thursday, October 16, 2003 to Sunday, December 5, 2004
Venue: Watermans (2003), Oval House, UK tour (2004)
"A rich theme for Border Crossings and conceiver / director Michael Walling, and he and his team match it with a versatile production, as many-limbed as a Hindu god." (Time Out)
"When I dance, I am a woman."
Amrit, a young Asian dancer, is captivated by the folk theatre form Yakshagana, where men traditionally perform the female roles. When he suddenly disappears to India, his English lover Linda flies to Bangalore to find him.
Told in a cinematic style, surprising and moving stories unravel gradually from the point of view of our two protagonists. Linda, who has never been to India, finds that everything is not what it seems on the surface; while Amrit discovers the more complex reality of what dance has told him about body and soul....
ORIENTATIONS seamlessly interweaves myth and present day narrative to tell a tale of gender and sexuality in present day India. A powerful and sexy mixed media production.
The play was created through workshops with the cast in Bangalore, and with Asian community groups in London. Partners include The Naz Project, London for lesbians and gay men from ethnic minority communities, and The Awaaz Youth Group. ORIENTATIONS was first seen at Watermans Arts Centre in 2003, then toured nationally in 2004.
"Part mystery, part comedy and part social and psychological study. The cast of five are excellent. In particular, the enigmatic and hypnotic Radhakrishna Urala" (What's On *****)
GILL JAGGERS discusses the themes of ORIENTATIONS with Michael Walling
FULL REVIEWS from Time Out, What's On, Metro and The Stage
The texts of THE ORIENTATIONS TRILOGY are available from the Bookshop.