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Clowing Glory

Israeli group The Train Theater uses cubes in locomotive forms to enthral tart critics at the Ishara Puppet Theatre Festival.

Published: April 13, 2013 3:43:14 am

Every artiste must live in secret dread of children. Harsh critics,they give their feedback instantly especially if they don’t like a show. On Thursday evening,however,fresh-faced brats packed the tiers of the India Habitat Centre’s Amphitheatre,hanging on to the antics of two Israeli dancer-clowns who wore red noses shaped like cubes,not circles. The performance,The Cubes Circus,by Jerusalem-based The Train Theater was part of the Ishara Puppet Theatre Festival. This was their 150th performance. The play tells the story of a boy and girl,who fight and fall in love over a series of episodes. Cubes play a major role in the action. Made of cardboard,polyester,fabric and paper,they unfold and extend into mind-boggling shapes of snakes,sea gulls and horses,turn into a crying baby,or become juggling balls. Dance-clown Renana Ophir prances in a skirt made of cubes while her partner Nir Landa flexes his muscles for photographs near cube-shaped high-rises. As the circus unfolded,children began forming a hedge around the stage,with some even sitting on it. “There is no great politics or message in the play,” says Dov Meilnik,lighting designer of the troupe. He recounts how The Cubes Circus began with origami artiste Galia Levy-Grad using her paper-folding skills to create a three-dimensional performance. “Ever since,it seems to have got a life of its own,” says Meilnik. While children will relate to the clowns,an adult would find deeper meanings in the piece “especially that the man is shorter than the woman,subverting the gender stereotype,” he says. After the show,children were mobbing the two dancer-clowns as if they were rock-stars. It was feedback from the harshest critics.

The Cubes Circus will be held at Club Patio,Block E,South City I,Gurgaon today. Tickets: Rs 350.

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