A cross disciplinary festival harnesses world talent
The second edition of Johnnie Walker: The Journey returns to Mumbai tomorrow, with a line-up of global artistes across music, the performing arts and film. You can catch Bonobo live, marvel at the acrobatics of Australian theatre group Dislocate, hear Grammy award-winning instrumental fusion band Snarky Puppy, and watch the India premiere of One Chance, a film based on the life of Welsh opera singer Paul Potts, who will also be performing.
On a hectic tour schedule.
We’ve been going nonstop with the live show since last April, twice around the world. The set is growing and evolving, getting to a higher level each time we do it. I unwind with walks and writing music at night.
Any Indian influences?
I’ve heard Indian music in bits and pieces. I have used the sitar quite a few times, in my debut with Animal Magic, it’s highlighted by down tempo dub, funk, and an equally likeable use of sitars.
Tell us about the play.
If These Walls Could Talk is about a simple and beautiful concept – you get just one chance at life and you should live every step to the fullest. The show narrates the story of a single apartment, as lived by five generations of tenants.
How difficult is it to recruit performers?
We need amazing people with a balance of acrobatics, aerial skills and acting. And since there is dialogue, training in voice and projection is also required.
Challenges in taking this show on tour.
The venues require a certain height so we can do our aerial elements. Other than that we travel with all our own equipment, and coordinate with each destination.
December 13, 6 pm onwards. At Mehboob Studios, Mumbai. Tickets (`2,000 upwards) on bookmyshow.com
—Maegan Dobson Sippy