In mid-January 2017, the Dada von Bzdülöw Theare presented Katarzyna Chmielewska's performance Why Don't You Like Sadness? at the Rang Rajasthan Festival in Jaipur city, India.
Rang Rajasthan is the most important theatre festival in the Indian state of Rajasthan, showcasing artists from India and abroad. The third edition of the event was held from 6th to 12th January 2017 and presented a programme including theatre and dance performances as well as exhibitions, seminars with the participation of renowned theatre artists, art competition and many other attractions. The festival also hosted guest performers from Europe and around the world. One of the companies invited to participate in the festival was the Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre from Poland with their production entitled Why Don't You Like Sadness?. The artists presented the show on 11th and 12th January 2017 on the stage of the Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK) arts centre in Jaipur and conducted master classes for the students of the local theatre faculty. The event was an opportunity to establish cooperation, exchange experiences as well as present and promote the current repertoire of the Theatre. The Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre had previousy performed in India several times, including performances in New Delhi, Kolkata, Tripura and Mumbai in 2007 and 2015 at the Bharat Rang Mahotsav Festival organized by the National School of Drama in New Delhi.
Katarzyna Chmielewska's performance can be seen as a subtle journey through a maze of emotional states, a journey the artist compares to moving from one room to another. Each room is suffused with a different shade, and every now and then, entering a room makes us feel sad, but somehow we don't haste to leave. The melancholia makes us slow down so that we could carefully take a look at everything around, but while undergoing that state, at the same time, we are trying to keep our distance so that with new energy we could open another door.
concept & performance: Katarzyna Chmielewska
artistic cooperation: Anna Steller
live music: Radek Duda
lighting design: Michał Kołodziej
graphic design: Maciej Salamon
produced by: Stowarzyszenie Teatr Dada von Bzdülöw, Wybrzeże Theatre, Gdańsk
supported by Gdańsk City Council
Source: promotional materials of the Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre, edited and translated by AW, 9 Jan 2017