Short+Sweet – the festival of tasty short theatre bites – announces a bright – and very colourful – new star in the Sydney theatre scene: Bollywood!
From March 9-22 Short+Sweet launches its latest version of the popular 10 minute theatre franchise: an exciting new dance festival featuring the Indian dance craze that has been sweeping the world in recent years .
The premiere event will be held in Sydney, at the Fusebox in Marrickville’s Factory Theatre, and showcases the brilliant colour and dance as seen in Bollywood movies.
Short+Sweet Bollywood will stage around 30 newly devised Bollywood performances, with 10 performances each night, over two week-long programs. And a special ‘Fast+Fresh Bollywood’ will also be included on the weekend to showcase kids’ performances (anyone under 18 years is eligible).
The call has gone out for entrants to come onboard!
According to Short+Sweet Artistic Director Mark Cleary, this is not the first time Australia’s world-famous short theatre organisation has stepped into the Indian performing art scene.
“We’ve been presenting Theatre and Dance festivals in India for the last four years with regular programs in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
We’ve also welcomed many of those shows to Australia. But this is the first time we’ve ‘imported’ an artform from another country.”
Festival director Aishveryaa Nidhi says Short+Sweet Bollywood will add tadka or ‘spice’ to the Short+Sweet world.
“We’re excited by the coming together of Indian and Australian culture. It will be a privilege to showcase scores of marvelous dancers and have them applauded for their efforts while bringing a rich culture to the Sydney spotlight.”
Festival conditions: All performances must be under 10 minutes.
They can be in any dance form but the only condition is that the music has to be from a Bollywood film. Dance troupes and companies can submit as many entries as they wish, though individual dancers are only permitted to perform in a maximum of 2 performances per program per week.
Dance troupes of all nationalities are invited to perform and join in the creative and colourful event that is Bollywood!
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