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At the 11th Ishara Puppet Theatre Festival,Bernarda’s Backstage from Spain honours women who dare to explore the world and follow their instincts.

Published: April 12, 2013 11:18:30 pm

A house stands with five women staring at the audience. Dressed in white,they mourn the death of their father. Though no one is allowed to step outside the house,a beautiful woman named Adela follows her instinct,refuses to be bound by her mother’s rules of a traditional Spanish household and dares to step out of the house. Using puppetry,objects,and dance,this puppetry performance called Bernarda’s Backstage,by Spanish company Winged Cranes promises to be a visual tribute to women.

Inspired by The House of Bernarda Alba by renowned Spanish playwright and theatre director Federico Garcia Lorca,the performance,without words,captures Adela’s journey in her search for freedom,often expressed by dancing,as soon as she steps out of her house and how she battles her fears of being caught and punished by society. The show also includes video projections that highlight the expressions on the protagonist’s face.

Calling the 50-minute long show “object theatre” instead of a puppet performance,theatre director Alejandra Prieto says that the video projector becomes an object which they can manipulate like a puppet to shape the story.

She believes that the use of video projections in puppetry is a reflection of today’s generation and its influence by films. “Videos have become an important aspect of our life in which we are highly influenced by visuals,” she says.

Talking about the play’s universal theme,Prieto says,“I think women are repressed everywhere in various ways. In Spain,women are expected to look thin,beautiful or wear makeup to look good.They are not allowed to be how they’d want to be. I hope the play succeeds in sending out this message.”

It will be staged at Club Patio,Gurgaon at 7.30 pm today and at the Amphitheater,IHC at 7.30 pm on April 14.

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