Ever imagined Thor, Gollum and Frodo in the same room? At Christmas time, there’s no reason one can’t blend fantasy universes – especially when a bulk of the actors are three ft tall. Gearing up in full swing for their 19th pantomime, Little Theatre presents Lord of the Bling. “I’m pretty excited because our first show is already sold out,’’ says Aysha Rau, the woman behind close to two decades of kids theatre. ‘‘This year I’m not involved with the creatives of the show, I’ll be in the audience watching the story unfold just like everyone else,’’ she shares.
The plot seems just as outrageous as ever, with Queen Candy having created a divine instrument that has all in the land of the elves in a flurry. And the evil Gollum wants to take over Middle Earth with its power.
As is the norm, there is a great dame (a male actor playing a campy female character) and plenty of participants (close to 80 actors).
The whole fantasy series mash-up has been evolved over four months, reveals director Krishnakumar Bala-subramanian or KK. Watch out for an enticing fight sequ-ence between Thor and Loki, with some assistance from his army of Orks! Let’s just hope, Santa Claus (who makes a visit every year) doesn’t get caught in the fire. If he does, it’s going to be, “Ho ho, Ouch.”
Try not to miss theatrical renditions of uber popular songs that also weave their way into the mix, like Everybody (Backstreet Boys) and Part Time Lover (Stevie Wonder). There are nine shows, from December 6 to 11 at 7 pm (3 pm and 6.30 pm on select days) at Museum Theatre, Egmore. Details: 28211115, 9043574801 or indianstage.in
Sound Awake brings together international EDM DJs for an audio-visual treat with Steve Aoki taking centrestage
After starting his label Dim Mak in 1996, Steve Aoki, has changed the face of EDM by signing on artistes such as Infected Mushroom and Datsik and collaborating with greats like Tiesto and The Bloody Beetroots. He has revolutionised crowd surfing and cake throwing (no matter what the flavour!) and now, for the first time, Aoki brings his antics to the city, headlining for the second edition of Sound Awake. We get a glimpse of the man behind the console.
Describe your sound.
My music is the kind you would hear at clubs and festivals. I play electro-house music.
I was in punk rock bands before I got into DJing. Once I started Dim Mak, I started producing and recording and eventually became a DJ.
On crowd surfing.
I introduced the raft at the Coachella festival in 2009 and the cake in 2011. People seemed to love both. It’s fun and interactive.
At every performance, my aim is to touch as many people as possible. I try to keep things interactive and fun, but most importantly, I want everyone to feel something special when they hear my music.
My favourite one so far has been with Linkin Park. Once more familiar with Indian music, I’d love to collaborate with an Indian artiste.
Cross over of EDM.
Music is evolving faster than before. Interests are changing. Artistes have to mature their sounds rapidly to keep up with audiences. This puts a lot of pressure on producers like myself. I am very proud of Dim Mak and the artistes we have.
Clothing line and restaurants.
I am a DJ, a producer and a designer. I look at both business and music as creative processes. My father taught me a lot on how to manage my time as well as how to work smart rather than just hard.
Beyond the console.
I love to create, explore and experience. Developing and being part of different cultures is important to me.
The show in Bangalore.
It is going to be my first large scale gig in India so I am very excited. Last year, I played intimate shows at Delhi and Mumbai. I want the Indian audiences to see what a Steve Aoki show is really like. I want to see how crazy it will get.
I have been more influenced by bands rather than by DJs. Bands like Nirvana, The Beatles, Rage Against The Machine, Imagine Dragons, Tragedy to name a few.
I have my new album coming up next year, Neon Future. I am excited for people to hear this. I’ve collaborated with great artistes like Snoop Dogg, Mac Miller, Will.i.am, Machine Gun Kelly and a lot more.
The Last House on the Left, Zee Studio, 10.30 pm Cast: Garret Dillahunt, Monica Potter (Thriller)
After arriving at her family’s secluded lake house, Mari Collingwood (Sara Paxton) borrows the family car to meet her friend Paige. The horror begins when they are abducted and raped by a sadistic prison escapee and his crew. Paige is stabbed to death while Mari, while trying to escape, gets shot. Later, a storm forces the gang to seek refuge with Mari’s parents who are unaware of their daughter’s fate. This is the adaptation of Wes Craven’s controversial 1972 movie of the same name.
Salmon Fishing in The Yemen, HBO Defined, 10 pm Cast: Ewan McGregor,
Emily Blunt (Romance)
Fisheries expert Dr Alfred Jones (Ewan McGregor) is approached by financial adviser Harriet Chetwode-Talbot (Emily Blunt), for a project to bring salmon fishing to the Yemen, which he dismisses as ‘unfeasible’. But the situation has come to the notice of the British Prime Minister’s overzealous press secretary, Patricia Maxwell, who wants it to happen in order to improve relations between Britain and the Islamic world. McGregor had to learn the art of fly fishing for his role.
Hotel Transylvania, Sony Pix, 2 pm Cast: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez (Animation)
Dracula (Adam Sandler) has built a lavish five-stake resort called Hotel Transylvania, hidden from the humans. It is a vacation getaway for monsters and their families. Dracula invites his friends—Frankenstein and his wife Eunice; Wayne and Wanda, the werewolves and others to celebrate the 118th birthday of Mavis (Selena Gomez).The party takes a wild turn when a human boy stumbles into the festivities. Miley Cyrus was cast as Mavis, but she withdrew to focus on other projects.
Object Theatre comes to the city in a novel adaptation of Alice In Wonderland
Using Lewis Carroll’s classic, Alice in Wonderland, Choiti Ghosh and her team bring to the stage something that is new and unconventional. With origins in Europe at the start of the Industrial Age, Object Theatre uses puppetry to bring to life inanimate, everyday objects.
“What we do is attach meaning and significance to everyday mass-produced objects, almost like we did as children,” shares Ghosh.
The play starts with a stage filled with mundane objects and the four characters carrying out their routine chores in a listless fashion to the ticking rhythm of a metronome. “They enact performing the same tasks over and over again until they simply can’t anymore. That’s when they decide to play a make-believe game and unleash their imagination,” explains Ghosh of the performance that goes onto show the characters transform from doing the ordinary to using objects around them to move into a world of their imagination that even includes falling down a rabbit hole. “We use the book as a starting point but often stray away from the story, sticking to Carroll’s plot only broadly and as a guide map,” Ghosh tells us.
A moment in time
The story twists and turns unexpectedly, and has all the classic ‘wonderland’ elements woven in for effect. From objects coming to life as the Cheshire Cat and Alice growing bigger and smaller with the help of magnifying props, it really ‘brings magic to the mundane’.
“The girl (Alice) begins to imagine she is living an alternate life and sings, dances, laughs and falls down the rabbit hole as she begins a madcap adventure. But all this happens within a moment of imaginative thought arising from the need to break away from the mundane,” adds Ghosh.
The performance promises to be intriguing. Ghosh, a professional puppeteer and stage actor says, “I had heard about object theatre but did not know much about it till I went to the Institut International de la Marionnette in France, that specialises in this form of theatre. I came back and realised that this is where my love from puppeteering and acting stemmed. Now I can do both at the same time!”
Saturday and Sunday at RangaShankara, JP Nagar. Tickets (Rs200) at bookmyshow.com
A unique show based on traditional Indian games by Visual Respiration
A GRIPPING duet inspired by Indian games like Paramapadham, Pallanguzhi, Pacheesi and Kabaddi, Re:play, by Visual Respiration, is an 80-minute journey that weaves in Indian folklore, mythology and contemporary events. Expect an immersion of sounds, rhythms, structures and colours that will take you down memory lane.
“I grew up playing Hop Scotch, Snakes and Ladders, Kabaddi and Ludo, but had no idea that these games had interesting stories and significance,” says Aruna Ganesh Ram, the director and designer, who is also an alumni of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. But recently, she read that such games were slowly disappearing and quickly looked for the digital version. “I started researching these games and soon, I had so many interesting bits of information, I began weaving into a performance,” Ram tells us.
It’s play time
Re:play explores how these games have inspired people and situations, by literally playing with the audience. “It is about the performers and audience getting into a relationship with one another. From passive spectator to co-creator, the audience goes through an experience of sharing, creating and deciding,” Ram tells us.
Traditional games have been used as a canvas so expect marbles, Cowrie shells and metal dice. “Their sounds, rhythms, patterns and colours inspired me in different ways and shaped this performance,” Ram explains, assuring us that it will trigger off a sense of nostalgia in the audience. “My aim was to construct an environment where the audience is not passive. The challenge was to facilitate an intimate environment of sharing and togetherness and we have devised simple, yet unique ways in which audience members will get a touch and feel of this performance,” she hints.
Tonight at 7pm, November 30 and December 1 at 2.30 pm and 7 pm. At Atta Galatta,
Tickets (Rs250) on
Parental Guidance, Star Movies, 9 pm Cast: Billy Crystal, Bette Midler (Comedy)
Artie (Billy Crystal) and his wife Diane (Bette Midler) agree to babysit their three grandkids when their parents go away for a business trip. Artie tells the kids to call him Artie and never ‘Grandpa’. He is quickly nicknamed Fartie by the cheeky five-year-old Barker. Problems arise when the kids’ 21st-century behavior collides with Artie’s and Diane’s old-school methods and old-fashioned games. Billy Crystal’s first lead role since Analyze That (2002).
What To Expect When You’re Expecting,Sony Pix, 9.15 pm Cast: Cameron Diaz, Matthew Morrison, J Todd Smith (Drama)
The story is about five couples whose lives are turned upside down by impending parenthood. Excited TV fitness guru Jules (Cameron Diaz) and dance show star Evan find their celebrity lives getting affected by the surprise demands of pregnancy. Photographer Holly (Jennifer Lopez) is prepared to travel the globe to adopt a child, but her husband Alex isn’t sure yet, and tries to calm himself by attending a ‘dudes’ support group, where new fathers get to tell
it how it really is.
Notting Hill, Zee Studio, 10.30 pm Cast: Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts (Romance)
William Thacker (played by Hugh Grant) is a bookseller at a shop in the Notting Hill district in West London. His life changes the day Anna Scott (Julia Roberts), a well-known actress from the United States who is in London working on a film walks in to buy a book. They start meeting each other and soon fall in love. But complications are bound to arrive with the involvement of his family and press. Roberts was paid $15 million for the role.
The sound of classical music through the Trio Bircher Internationale
Bringing together pieces composed exclusively for a joint performance of the clarinet, cello and piano, Daniel Bircher, Joelle De Jonge and Bethel Tsuzu from the Trio Bircher Internationale promise a rendezvous with the classical greats. Their repertoire will include eight pieces by Max Bruchner, Serenade by Emil Hartmann and Beethoven’s Piano Trio op 11, famously known as the Gassenhauer – all composed to augment the sound of these three instruments played in unison.
Daniel Bircher is co-founder of the famous Winterhurer Symphonika from Switzerland. Playing the clarinet on a professional level from age 16, Bircher has performed in over 200 concerts. “I played with four other musicians from the Bangalore School of Music last year and wanted a repeat. So I contacted Joelle and Bethel,” says Bircher, describing the trio’s unconventional style of using the clarinet instead of the violin in a piano trio. Bethel Tsuzu, with her first studio recording at age 12, has played in orchestras around the globe including the Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. The Belgian German Joelle De Jonge has played with the Bangalore School of Music numerous times and is an avid environmentalist and photographer.
“The clarinet actually beautifully complements the cello, and the piano is always a wonderfully strong base,” shares Bircher of the off-beat musical trio that Beethoven was one of the first to compose for. While the famous Gassenhauer, with its popular third movement that mimics an opera composition, is cause for much excitement, Bircher tells us that the Hartmann is what they are ‘most keen on’. The performance will be more intimate than a large orchestral one, so look out for an evening to be enjoyed by those with a love for ‘chamber music of the late classical and early romantic eras’.
November 30. At Alliance Francaise, Vasanthnagar. Entry through donor passes. Details: 41285017
Turistas, Movies Now, 5 pm Cast: Josh Duhamel, Melissa George (Horror)
While traveling on vacation through the country of Northeastern of Brazil by bus, Alex (Josh Duhamel ) with his friend and sister meet foreigners Pru Stagler and his group. When their bus meets with an accident, they follow a track through the woods and find a hidden beach. They decide to stay and party with the locals. When they wake up the next day they find all their belongings have been stolen. The entire filmwas shot in Brazil.
The Dust Factory, MGM, 9 pm Cast: Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Kelley (Fantasy)
After his dad Ryan senior’s death in a truck accident, school boy Ryan Flynn (Ryan Kelley) becomes a recluse. One day, while roaming the countryside, Ryan falls off a bridge and finds himself transported to a strange fantasy world called The Dust Factory, where he encounters his Grandpa Randolph (Armin Mueller-Stahl) and a pretty girl named Melanie (Hayden Panettiere). It is a parallel universe for those who are on the brink of death. The movie is the first directorial credit for Eric Small, who also wrote the film’s screenplay.
Assault on Precinct 13, Zee Studio, 10.30 pm Cast: Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne (Action)
Notorious cop-killer and mobster, Marion Bishop (Laurence Fishburne), is unexpectedly brought into the precinct during a blizzard on New Year’s Eve, much to the dismay of police sergeant Jake Roenick (Ethan Hawke) whose police station is about to be shut down for good. Roenick has to rally cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill Bishop who will testify against them. Mark Wahlberg was originally offered the role of Jake Roenick but turned it down.
Bhool Bhulaiya, UTV Movies, 4 pm Cast: Akshay Kumar, Shiney Ahuja (Thriller)
Ignoring the advice of his family, Siddharth (Shiney Ahuja), a descendant of a yesteryear Maharaja and his wife, start living in the palatial home that is supposed to be haunted. When strange incidents take place in the house, and evidence suggests that one member of the family may be suffering from psychological problems, Siddharth asks his friend Dr Aditya (Akshay Kumar), a trained psychiatrist for help. It is the official remake of Malayalam film, Manichitrathazhu.
Swiss-born Erik Truffaz talks about jazz as his passion
On picking the trumpet.
I was in a marching band when I was a kid, and I chose this instrument. The beauty and the sound had me all dreamy. It is a popular instrument but difficult, like violin or sitar, to master. It has taught me to be modest, humble and to learn how to breathe.
French Variety from 5 to 10 years and there after rock, jazz, classical, EDM and world music. But not all the music in each section. Perhaps only 10 per cent!
I love riff, melodies and atmosphere. That is what rules the compositions.
I am planning to do a piece that I had written with a classical orchestra next spring and then release a record soon too.
Hariprasad Chaurasia, Trilok Gurtu, Anouar Brahem, Joni Mitchell, Peter Gabriel and Brian Eno.
Jazz and contemporary culture.
Sometimes jazz is contemporary and sometimes classical but you just have to imagine that we would never have had rock music without blues! There are so many sub-genres, it will never die out.
At CounterCulture, Whitefield. Tickets (Rs400) at bookmyshow.com
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