PF Season 1 / Festival – Daminee Benny Basu

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Daminee Benny Basu (Calcutta, India)
performance, workshop, conversation

5 to 11 March 2018

Monday, 5 March
Project Stereotype II
Gem Cinema

(the performance is not suitable for audience under 16 years)

Tuesday, 6 March
Project Stereotype II
Gem Cinema

(the performance is not suitable for audience under 16 years)

Thursday, 8 March
Workshop with Daminee Benny Basu *
Kolkata Sanved
Saturday, 10 March
Workshop with Daminee Benny Basu *
Save the Children
Sunday, 11 March
Conversation with writer, Aveek Sen
Gem Cinema

Passes for performances will go on sale in mid-February
* by prior registration / invitation only

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Project Stereotype IISUB_7061---Daminee-Basu
This solo performance piece, Project Stereotype II, is the second in an ongoing series called Project Stereotype. The series aims to jolt the audience out of the comforting predictability of unexamined perceptions, emotions, images and attitudes through the repetitive enactment of, and variations on, particular forms of action, reaction, gesture, ritual and expression. The first piece was on motherhood. My return to the series, this time, will be through the idea of the extreme vulnerability of a woman’s person as she pushes the limits of how much she can exert, reveal and risk in a performative space that is open, yet subject to societal norms of morality and law. The impact of the performance would depend on the audience’s absolute unpreparedness for what it is made to witness.

Performer: Daminee Benny Basu
Clothes: Kallol Datta
Sound Engineer: Dutta Debasish
Coordination and Assistance: Sampritee Ghatak, Priyanath Mukherjee, Anindya Hajra
Duration: 35 minutes

Daminee-Benny-BasuAbout Daminee Benny Basu
Daminee Benny Basu has been brought up on stage from her childhood as a trained singer-actor. Her orientation has been very close to the Indian stage for the last thirty-two years. She has been thoroughly mentored by Eric Morris in the Eric Morris System of Beyond-Method acting. On stage she has worked with accomplished theatre and film directors like Soumitra Chattopadhyay, Asit Basu, Usha Ganguly, Bibhash Chakraborty, Debesh Chattopadhyay, Arun Mukhopadhyay, Suman Mukhopadhyay, Anjan Dutt, Joyraj Bhattacharjee to name a few. She has also coached actors and researched as a consultant for eminent film directors.
Daminee currently coaches actors/performers across India through her own training workshop, Class Act, that engages participants in learning or thinking deeply about issues that would help them in breaking the set patterns of their own comfort zones. This workshop involves modules inspired by the psychophysical ritualistic approach towards the body, breath, activation, and performance. Daminee is still working on and experimenting with different techniques and schools of new age acting, which challenges and moves beyond the Method School.

Daminee Benny Basu’s participation in Pickle Factory Season 1 is supported by Kolkata Sanved and Save the Children