Dance Like a Man

Shared History, The Indian Experience, 3 - 24 September 2011, in South Africa
The Performance

The story of Jairaj and Ratna, two Bharatnatyam dancers past their prime, is contrasted with that of their daughter Lata, who is on the brink of establishing herself as a brilliant dancer. Her imminent success creates tension and jealousy, and the audience is drawn into the dark secrets of family relationships and conflicts between generations. The play probes the surface of the characters to question their deeper motivations, but the mode is comic rather than tragic, even though the concerns are serious, and you are never sure whether to laugh or cry.

About the Director

Acclaimed theatre director Lillete Dubey is also a stage, television and film actor. Her theatre company- The Primetime Theatre Company, Mumbai was set up in 1991 with the primary purpose of promoting and providing a platform for some of the country’s most talented Indian Playwrights. The Company’s work has won several awards and has traveled extensively. Lillete has played the lead role in over 60

productions on stage over the last 35 years, from plays as diverse as Greek tragedies to Absurd drama, Farces, Shakespeare, Brecht and a gamut of Indian Playwrights. She joined films only a decade ago but has left her mark with her strongly etched roles in films as diverse as Zubeida, Monsoon Wedding, Gadar, Baghban, Kal Ho Na Ho, My Brother Nikhil, Corporate, Bow Barracks Forever, Pankh and a host of others.

She hopes to keep her passion for acting and the theatre going for many years to come and to also pen a novel, make a film and open a theatre ashram one day before she hangs up her sandals!

Cast & Credits

On Stage:
Vijay Crishna: Jairaj Joy Sengupta: Viswas Suchitra Pillai: Lata Lillete Dubey: Ratna

Off Stage:
Bhola Sharma: Production

Shared History, The Indian Experience, 3 - 24 September 2011, in South Africa

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