As part of fundraising aimed at the rehabilitation of flood victims, NECAB and Blue Ocean Theatre will stage the play The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, directed by Deepan Sivaraman. After his acclaimed play Khasakinte Ithihasam, Deepan is coming up with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, which is based on an eponymous German movie that follows a non-linear narrative and engages strong political propositions. The play will be staged at the Maharaja's College Centenary Auditorium from February 8 to 10.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a contemporary take on the 1920 film and emerged out of spatial experimentation with a focus on objects, some found and others made. It is a multimedia performance in which scenography and dramaturgy are merged in an attempt to navigate through the run-down warehouse space where the production has been staged. The story of Holstenwall unfolds through multiple layers of visual narratives that slowly peel off, to keep the audience at the edges of their seats. It tends towards an immersive experience for the spectators, and engages them through a visual language that tries to break out of chronological narrative, and places the spectator in a position to weave together the plot through a broken audio-visual narrative.