She never wears make up. She never goes out. She never wears her hair down… and she never wears a red shaari… Walk away, walk away now…
Selected for ROH2 Firsts 2007, Laal Shaari is a compelling tale of a woman denied the most important thing as a young bride – a Laal Shaari (a red dress).
The production – a collaboration between Amina Khayyam and Ajay Kumar explored the theatricalisation of the classical Indian dance form of Kathak, rethinking it through a process of deconstruction of tatkar, bhav and abhinaya, and engaged a sceneography working with the notion of emptiness as presence.
Presented as a double bill with After Cut Glass by Seeta Patel
Performer: Amina Khayyam
Concept: Amina Khayyam & zeroculture
Music Collaboration & Tabla: Debasish Mukharjee
Music Collaboration and Vocal: Lucy Rahman & Tofail Ahmed
Costume: Shaheda Choudhury
Original Research & Development into Choreography: Sushmita Ghosh & Amina Khayyam
Original Music Composer: Faheem Mazhar
Production Manager: Stuart Walton
Metal Frame Box Composition by visual artist: Jonathan Polkest
Stills Photography: Simon Richardson
zeroculture production in association with mac birmingham and ArtsDepot for Amina Khayyam with support from Arts Council of England