Afternoon + Evening With A Faun by Artour Astman

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The Play
Afternoon + Evening With A Faun is a show in two parts, without a clear separation. It departs from Nijinski's 12 minute piece & The Afternoon of a Faun', which Astman first recreates and explains to his audience in his own words. Soon, Nijinski’s biography gets interwoven with the performer’s own: his life in Russia, his intensive dance training from an early age, his famous but absent mother. As the afternoon of the faun turns into evening, we find ourselves revisiting shadows of the past; defining moments and shifts in relationships
that have seduced and betrayed the artist. The audience gets a front row seat at his audition for a Tel Aviv night club, before stripping down to the most fragile layers of his adolescence. As the evening comes to a close, we find ourselves at a familiar place, where Astman connects past and present to find peace in being an artist.

Director’s Note
Afternoon + Evening With A Faun is a daring personal clearance sale by Artour Astman. The solo crashes the idea of performative virtuosity, moving through regions of male identity, expanding the borders of the authentic and the fake and creating a unique synergy between theatre, movement, visual arts and even culinary
performance. The first part replicates the world famous piece 'The Afternoon of a Faun' (1912) by Vaslav Nijinksi, which was considered a provocation, especially at the time it premiered for breaking with theatrical traditions. It transcends into Astman’s early life at the unscrupulous boot camps of the Soviet ballet school, where his professional career as a dancer started at the age of four. But as he skillfully guides his audience through the winding and poetic paths of his life, they become increasingly involved in the performance. They join him in his immigration to Israel, where he works as a stripper and turns into a reality TV star, before finally deciding
how to live the life of an artist. Afternoon + Evening With A Faun is an autobiographical auction of Astman’s life where whatever happens, no one can remain innocent and being an artist he has to pay a price.

The Director
Idit Herman (Tel Aviv, 1971) was trained as a professional dancer and choreographer. She joined the prestigious Batsheva Dance Company from 1989-1991 and continued her dance career till she met with actor and musician Dmitry Tyulpanov. Their partnership yielded a unique visual language, encompassing movement, sound, light and design. In 1995, their first piece Clipa ('Peel' in English) led to the establishment of Clipa Theatre,
whose signature style over the years has become synonymous to its many theatrical productions, creating 2-4 new works each year.

The Group
Clipa Theater was established in 1995 in Tel Aviv by dancer and director Idit Herman (Israel) and actor-creator-musician, Dmitry Tyulpanov (Russia). Their encounter and partnership led to the emergence of a unique theatrical language, interweaving the arts of theater, dance, design and music. The theatrical style synonymous with Clipa is characterized by a totality encompassing each and every element of the performance. It entails absolute knowledge and command of all the elements of creation: movement, space, costume, set, sound, lighting and direction. In the group’s work, these components are fundamental tools of expression alongwith the performer’s action on stage. Clipa Theater had performed at the 17th BRM in 2015.

Cast & Credits
Creator and Performer : Artour Astman
Artistic direction : Idit Herman
Lighting design : Yanir Liberman
Sound design : Yoni Tal
Light & sound operation : Rafael Haugas
Producer & tour manager : Zoya Bronshteyn / Dror Liberman
Director : Idit Herman

Manohar Khushalani

Manohar Khushalani

Prof. Manohar Khushalani is Currently a Visiting Faculty at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi. The courses he teaches are: Animation & Graphics, Non-Linear Editing for Film and Radio and Theatre Appreciation.  He has won Excellence in Teaching awards for all the courses he has taught at IIITD Based on a Belief that Culture and Environment are the two keys to global sustainability , Manohar Khushalani has launched two portals: A Portal on Environment and Water called One Vorld at url: www.onevorld.org and two Ezines on Culture called Stage Buzz at url: www.stagebuzz.in & www.stagebuzz.info He has taught extensively in varied subjects such as Dam Safety, Instrumentation, CAD, IT, Animation, Theatre, Newspaper Editing. He has conducted Courses on Environment Management, Water Shed Development, Team Building and Personality Development. He is an Expert Member of Prasar Bharti’s Committee for Grading & Short listing Films for Telecast on all channels of Doordarshan.  He is a Radio Anchor for All India Radio and has moderated several programs for the Rajdhani Channel He is a well-known Theatre Actor/Director and Critic, has been involved in theatre since 1977. He has worked as an actor in over 50 plays with almost every leading director/Actor in the Country including Badal Sircar, Feisal Alkazi, Amal Allana, M.K. Raina, Anuradha Kapoor, Maya Rao, Manohar Singh, Prasanna, Rati Bartholomew and Sushmita Mukherji. He has been active in the social sector as a street theatre activist. As a member of Workshop Theatre, Theatre Union and Prayog, Khushalani has participated in street plays taking up major social issues such as dowry, bride burning, Sati, banned medicinal drugs and communalism. Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Can’t Pay Won’t Pay, both directed by him, received rave notices from critics and audiences alike. Other plays directed by him include Badal Sircar’s, Sagina Mahato and Boris Vian’s Empire Builders for Ruchika Theatre Group. Khushalani has also acted in a few films such as Sudhir Mishra's Hazaron Khwaishen Aisi , Shoojit Sircar’s Madras Café and Pradeep Krishan's Annie Gives Those Ones. He is an Animator & Graphics Designer and has directed a number of documentaries. He also held a number of Honorary positions and was President of North India Films Association, He was the Chairman of  Jury for UGC CEC Educational Films Competition and has been on their Preview Committee since last many years. He was on the preview committee of Door Darshan Channel 3, was a visiting Professor at National School of Drama, New Delhi, and Film & Television Institute of India, Pune, AJKMCRR, Jamia Milia Islamia and Professor in Media at FICT, Delhi  He has judged a large number of Drama Competitions and conducted a number of Theatre / Management Games Workshops with Institutions such as AIIMS, NTPC, CWPRS, NWA, Karve Nari Prakshishan Sansthan, FICT, IIT, MAMC, Gargi College, KNC, Tagore International School and Vivekananda School. He is a Theatre Critic for IIC Diary, has also been a Columnist with Midday and Pioneer Daily and wrote Column's Called Culture Cocktail and Footlights Respectively. He was also the Guest Editor for an issue on Folk Theatre of ICCR Journal Horizons. He has written for Times of Indian, Hindustan Times, Blitz, Hard News, Hindu Business Line, Theatre India & Art Times. He has designed dams and hydraulic structures for the Government. He is a programmer and has developed Engineering design software in Fortran. He is a co-author of Irrigation Practice & Design (Vol 1 to5 - 1500 pages) published by Oxford & IBH and sponsored by National Book Trust. He has been a Director, Environment and Sociology, at the National Water Academy, Khadakwasla and Director, Environment Management Directorate, Central Water Commission and Member Secretary, National Environmental Monitoring Committee for River Valley Projects. He was also Director of Instrumentation Directorate in the Dam Safety Organisation. He was Chief General Manager and Head of Water Resources at Scott Wilson and is an accredited consultant with numerous other organizations He is a Delhi Public School, BITS Pilani, IIT Delhi and FTI Pune Alumini. He was also the President of BITS Pilani Alumni Association, Pune.

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