The characters in Idomeneus have been through war and so have the

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Michelle Monteith, left, Frank Cox-O’Connell, right, and Jakob Ehman, front, with the Idomeneus Chorus in Soulpepper’s Idomeneus. (JOSE JOHN) Advertisement They’ve been through the wars.Ten actors in the Soulpepper Theatre company face the audience, standing on black gravel against a stained concrete back wall. The black box of the theatre that surrounds them is also mottled and dirty (set design is by Lorenzo Savoini). They’re wearing shades of grey: contemporary clothes designed by Gillian Gallow, covered in what looks like paint, dirt, maybe bird dung. It clings to their faces and hair, too. They look exhausted but determined, and they stare at the audience for an uncomfortably long time. This is the opening image of Alan Dilworth’s striking production of Idomeneus, a poetic drama that retells the story of the titular Cretan king’s return from the Trojan War. While Homer’s Iliad tells a happy version of this tale, other versions narrate his fate and that of his country very differently. The preoccupation of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s play is this narrative instability: over 70 minutes various versions of his story stop, start and layer over each other.center_img Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Con Banega Crorepati

first_imgIt is not everyday that you see Dilliwallahs jostle to take a look at books. And buy them by the dozen. The Book Fair has been going mostly empty. But if you had been going to Dilli Haat over the last weekend, you would see how the place has completely transformed. All thanks to the Third Annual Comic Con. Every Delhiite worth his Diamond Comics came along. If not to buy books, to browse through them. If not to browse, then pick up merchandise. And if for nothing else, then to get themselves clicked with the quirky banners and with men and women who decided to give themselves a fun makeover. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Of course Comic Con is about comics. But it is as much about the merchandise, some of which you will get only at Comic Con which makes them all the more attractive for the funk-loving youngsters. And funky they all are. Superkudi, that hit theme of the last edition of Comic Con, has given way to Supermummy this year. So apart from banners, you could also pick up Supermummy tees, posters, wall clocks, cushions and even mugs. The ‘Wonder Bai’, or the ubiquitous Indian maid, was another favourite. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBut what most people were seen jostling for (and some even went back disappointed since most stalls had run out of sizes) were the Superman and Batman tees. While some were the more regular ones, there were others which had been fun slogans. The Bangalore-based Hysteria, was seen doing brisk business with their badges, posters, tees, art prints and more. So much so, that you actually had to queue up to see their poster catalogue. While the now well-known Chumbak (every girl worth her auto raja boxers have heard of them) has a stall, we found the lesser known ones doing brisk business. The merchandise was similar — tees, mugs, quirky posters, calendars and even toys of comic characters — but each added their own quirky take to them. Want to voice an opinion? Wear it on the tee. That was the USP of the Wear Your Opinion stall. A stall which stocked Harry Potter merchandise, was also a crowd favourite.last_img read more

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Bringing back the days of poetry and literature

first_imgKnown for its literary activities, Jash-e-adab is back this year with some new additions. In a three-day event at IGNCA, the festival will cover almost each art form. One can witness classical singers like Pt. Chhanulal Misra, ghazal maestros like Hussein Brothers, and qawwali artists Sabri Brothers perform at the event. Shahrukh Khan will also be there to attend the festival as a panelist. The event will also see renowned personalities from theatre like Nadira Babbar, Piyush Misra, Anusha Rizvi, Hemant Pandey and others sharing their thoughts with the audience. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe sixth edition of the poetry festival will be inaugurated by Union Culture minister Dr Mahesh Sharma at IGNCA, New Delhi on October 27. The evening will see Prof. Ashok Chakradhar and Dr Sachchidanand Joshi share their thoughts on art and culture, followed by a classical singing of pt. Chhanu Lal Misra. Eminent writers and critique from Hindi and Urdu language like Gopal Das Neeraj, Prof. Ashok Chakradhar, Mannu Bhadari, Gopichand Narang will also grace the occasion. Keeping younger generation in mind, radio jockeys like RJ Naved, RJ Sayema, and lyricists Manoj Muntashir, and director Manoj Pandey will also be participating in the festival. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe festival that began humbly in 2012 with a few panel discussions followed by a poetry recital has come long since. This year, it will see book fair with all major publishers in the region participating and a food court to keep you rejuvenated throughout the day.Kunwar Ranjeet Chauhan, a poet and founding General Secretary of the jashn-e-adab feels that it is very important to bring younger generation close to the tradition and heritage of our country, and art and literature is the best way to do it. “Our generation needs to be taught how this country has offered co-existence to various religions and faiths,” he said. On day 2 i.e. October 28, there will be 26 different sessions that will cover cinema, theatre, poetry, film screening, mushaira and much more. While Piyush Misra will take the stage for ‘ye adakari nahi hai’, Rj Sayema will engage the audience with ‘afsana padh rahi hoon’. The day will also see meaningful discussions on Faiz, modern Urdu poetry, art and commerce, ghazal singing, kathak dance etc. The day will also see award ceremony where eminent personalities like Gopichand Narang, Piyush Misra, Ram Darash Misra, Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan will be felicitated for their work in their respective fields. The day will come to an end with a grand mushaira/kavi sammelan where poets from both Hindi and Urdu languages like Gopal Sad Neeraj, Prof. Ashok Chakradhar, Khusbir Singh Shad Farhat Ehsas, G.S Aulakh and others will share the stage.Day three will again see 26 different sessions ranging from discussions on theatre by Nadira Babbar, play ‘lal quile ka aakhri mushaira by perrot troupe, film screening, poetry in films, dastangoi, sufi singing, classical dance etc. Festival will close with some soulful qawwali by the Sabri Brothers.last_img read more

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These Siblings Want to Open Up the Movie Theater Experience to NonEnglish

first_img 3 min read Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer December 7, 2016center_img Listen Now For many families, especially during this time of year, going to the movies can act as both a tradition and an easy way to spend time with each other. But for Olenka Polak and her family, “a trip to the movies together was just non-existent,” Polak says.That’s because the Polak and her brother Adam grew up in a multilingual household, with Polak’s parents mainly speaking Polish. The siblings always wanted to figure out a way that their parents could enjoy movies and understand all their nuances and cultural references.In 2012, while she was a student at Harvard, it occurred to the siblings that there are studio-produced dubbed audio tracks on both DVD and internationally releases of films. They then came up with idea for myLingo.Related: 18 Movies Every Entrepreneur Should Watch It’s an app that enables moviegoers to download a Spanish language audio track onto their phones. The app syncs to the action on screen, and the phone’s microphone captures and calibrates the sound to get the full experience of what is happening — from the dialogue and sound effects to the soundtrack. While Spanish is the first language available, the Polaks are currently at work on providing more languages.”Since initiating our beta program, we’ve had tens of thousands of users download and test out myLINGO,” Polak says. “We now have some amazing studio partners on board and are working to build out even more as we prepare for a formal commercial launch next year.”Related: 5 Movies With Great Lessons for Entrepreneurs Those official studio partners are Disney, Paramount and Sony, and the company is also working with Regal Entertainment Group and Cinemark Theaters, two of the top three exhibitors in the industry.  The pair have worked over the past four years to develop a proprietary algorithm and figure out how to make the platform helpful for moviegoers. For example, users listen to the alternate track through headphones, and in the event the headphones become unplugged, the audio simply stops — it doesn’t start blasting out to the theater.The central hurdle was getting industry buy-in from the studios and movie exhibitors, including developing a training program for movie theater staffers to be able to tell the difference between someone using myLingo and someone who was pirating the movie.Related: 14 Inspirational Movie Quotes for Entrepreneurs “This is the first time that Hollywood studios have allowed for their content to be on an app platform during a theatrical window,” Polak says. “We had to make sure our content security protocol could fight through the fiery hoops of studio requirements. We are one of the very first apps that major circuit exhibitors have endorsed.”And with these big name partnerships, the Polaks have their eyes on getting all of the major studios to jump on board, not just in the United States, but overseas. “No matter where you are in the world,” Polak says, “you can listen in your language.”last_img read more

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