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(VIDEO AND TEXT) British Artist Colors the White Roses Red at Alliance Française during Karachi Biennale!




KARACHI: Main Art Gallery of the French Cultural Centre (Alliance Française) was the venue where British performing artist Amy Elizabeth Kingsmill presented a unique spectacle Fairytale!

During the two-week-long (1st Karachi) Biennale she is attempting to paint the white roses red (emblematically the way roses are colored in Alice in Wonderland).  

Talking to (Official Partner BBCNEWS) Amy Kingsmill held: “Fairytale is inspired by how at times – in relationships – we create our own mythologies around people. And we can often sacrifice a lot to (make those realities or) to sustain them”.

Commenting on her performance she said that white roses could signify purity: “Red roses often signify romance, over the next few days these roses will be turning red”.

As to why she had put blood on her face she said: “For me the significance of using my blood on my face was because sometimes after those relationships where you have sacrificed a lot you are stained with that for some time”.

Telling that she had been performing in London for sometime now, she told: “I do travel internationally and this is my first performance here in Pakistan.

“I studied in London and I been making similar performances for past six year or so using my body. It’s my pleasure to be here and bring them to Pakistan”.


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NAPA Int’l Theatre & Music Festival 2018

KARACHI: (official Partner BBCNEWS) will be the media partner of Goethe Institut (German Cultural Centre) Pakistan covering following German contributions to the NAPA International Theatre & Music Festival 2018 on 16th, 19th and 21st March:


ANNA KONJETZKY  (16 March, 2018)

For the NAPA International Theatre & Music Festival 2018, Goethe-Institut Pakistan invites Anna Konjetzky again this year to perform for the 2nd time in Pakistan! “Lighting,” the igniting, torching, kindling, is the title of Anna Konjetzky’s  dance piece in which the choreographer fixates the audience’s gaze on the bodies of the nine dancers on a bare stage. Nine dancers who form a flurrying, pulsating mass in which the pressure seems to increase constantly. Inspired by the numerous pictures of protest movements round the globe, “Lighting” simply investigates that spark, that moment of collapse, of discharge.
Konjetzky’s dance piece is thus getting progressively more intense and dense; the mass subtly builds more and more power, energy and pressure. A diffuse, uncontrollable process is set in motion and climaxes in the head of the spectators. “The title Lighting is for me double-faced because the object and the subject partake in an active process. If I set something on fire, the action does not stay under my control but creates a ‘burning’ object that continues on its own, independent from my control.” (A. Konjetzky)
Choreography: Anna Konjetzky
Music: Sergej Maingardt
dance: Viviana Defazio, Sahra Huby, Michele Meloni, Quindell Orton and 5 dancers from Karachi
lightdesign: Barbara Westernach

ANNA KONJETZKY: Since 2005 Anna Konjetzky has been creating dance-pieces and dance-installations, where the questioning and organization of the space is always very central. Her work has been shown at Spielart, Dance, Tanzwerkstatt Munich, Unidram Potsdam, Tanztage Regensburg, Festival Danse Balsa Marni Bruxelles, in Ramallah, Kampala, Nairobi, Hanoi, Istanbul, Gent, Salzburg and other places. Her dance-installation `Abdrücke` was invited in 2012 to the Tanzplattform Germany.

At the moment she works as artist-in-residence in the Muffathalle Munich and receives a 3 years support of the city of Munich. She has studied at the physical theater school “Lassaad” (Methode J. Lecoq) in Brussels as well as contemporary dance and bodyweather in Brussels and Berlin. From 2005 to 2008 she worked as the assistant of the choreographer Wanda Golonka at schauspielfrankfurt. She received several prizes and scholarships from Munich and Berlin.
“Choreographer Anna Konjetzky has uncompromisingly pursued her path of artistic research for several years. With insatiable curiosity she explores spatial arrangements, performance areas and the complex interaction of body, space and how they are perceived. Central to her work is her active input of sensory information into a space, to the effect that she abandons the classical stage area in favor of installation spaces or peep-show formats, offering views from all sides or only through gaps in a wall, such as in her latest works “Abdrücke” and “Fern”.

She intervenes in the performance with works on film and video, thereby opening up new prospects and throwing a different light on the body, showing it outside of the performance context or homing in on it in close-ups. In terms of content, Konjetzky’s work draws on the expressive force and narration provided by physical states. With her performers, she seeks the answers which the body gives in altered situations and states. The movements that then arise can be imperceptibly small – an inner and outer trembling, like in “dann still”; a flowing, virtuoso up-and-down, like in “Die Summe aller Öffnungen”; standing still or distorting the body. The body and its identity as a store of experiences form the heartbeat to Konjetzky’s pieces.

By consistently developing her own medium and her own means of expression, Konjetzky creates work which converges with fine art. In “Abdrücke”, for example, dance, video and illustration generate a source of friction between the geometric, anonymous space and the soft and malleable intimacy of the body. A dancer is confined in a mirrored glass box, trying to gauge her situation by moving within the space and doing drawings. The spectator sees into the mirrored cube, where a complex space of perception and experience is unfolded.” (Susanne Traub).


BY NORA AMIN (19th March, 2018)

For the NAPA International Theatre & Musaic Festival 2018, Goethe-Institut Pakistan brings Egyptian Choreagrapher, theatre director and writer Nora Amin, who will present Resurrection.

‘Resurrection’ is a dance ritual on breathlessness, passion, oneness and survival. It is especially dedicated to all those who lost their lives due to oppressive systems. Made with original music, the piece includes a poetic monologue written by Nora Amin in English and Arabic.The piece was created and developed over the course of ten years, it reached its current performative form in 2016/2017.

“Resurrection” was triggered by the collective death of fifty theatre artists in the south of Egypt, on 5 September 2005. The Egyptian state is still to be held responsible for this collective death by means of negligence and disrespect to the theatre community in specific, and disrespect to human dignity in general. The fire took place in a small state theatre venue, and among the deceased was Saleh Saad, from whom part of the performance is inspired. Saleh was Nora Amin’s partner, and he had a vision of his own death which he told to her some days before the fire. This vision adds another dimension to the trauma.

And it fuels the performance with the potential of personal and collective healing. In 2007, the story of Saleh and the fire grew to another perspective, and the artistic potential of expanding the biographical performance into a universal testimony occurred when Nora met with female survivors of the civil war in Sudan and conducted a workshop on storytelling and healing/transformation.

From that workshop she carried the feeling of a witness to political oppression, war and torture, and how it influences the lives of women, and how women as natural storytellers and carriers of family archives are able to preserve the memory and revive the love and the spiritual connection. With that foundation, “Resurrection” aspires to be a political statement supporting human dignity and the value of human life, as well as a ritual that resurrects the human bonding related to the universal heritage of pain, survival, forgiveness and healing.
Choreographed, written, performed and directed by Nora Amin
Music by Nader Sami and Ramz Sabry
Language: English and Arabic
Previously performed in Milan, Ragusa, Tangiers, Copenhagen, Alexandria and Cairo. 

NORA AMIN: Writer, performer, choreographer, theatre director and educator, Amin is a founding member of the Modern Dance Theatre Company at The Cairo Opera House (since 1993) and the founder of “Lamusica Independent Theatre Group”, where she directed and produced thirty-seven theatre, music and dance productions since 2000. She has published four collections of short stories, four novels, a poetry audio book and two books on theatre methodology. She is the author of the first Arabic book on theatre and human rights, “The Egyptian Contemporary Theatre: The Art of Claiming our Right”, published by CHRSI in 2003, as well as of a book on theatre as a medium for healing and transformation for trauma survivors, “Theatre For Change: From the Internal to the External”(2007).

In 2009, she launched the independent initiative “Our Stories” to encourage personal storytelling in popular neighborhoods. In 2011 Amin founded “The Egyptian National Project Of Theatre Of The Oppressed” and its Arab network. She was a fellow of the “International Research Center for Interweaving Performance Cultures” (20015-20016) for her topic “Theatre and Political Transformation in Egypt”, guest lecturer at the cultural policy institute at Hildesheim University (2018) on “The Transformations of the Performing Arts: Cultural Policy and independent theatre in the Arab Region”, and she will be a guest professor at the theatre and dance department of Freie University/Berlin (summer 2018) at the Valeska-Gert chair, under the topic “Performing Trauma”. Her most recent publication is a feminist essay “Migrating the Feminine”, on the transgressions of female physicality in the public sphere, at Matthes&Seitz, Germany.


NewsPakistan.tvFor the NAPA International Theatre & Music Festival 2018, Goethe-Institut Pakistan brings German Pakistani Music performance!

Composition in realtime – with: Katrin Schafitel, professional contemporary Dancer/ Choreographer (DE), Sunil Shankar, professional Actor/ Director (PK), Gergely Lukács, Sascha Lüer, Simon Otto, three professional Musicians (DE) and the Audience at the International Musik Festival of the Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) in Karachi, Pakistan.
Composition in realtime – an Art form that reacts spontaneously to the current circumstances and works with them. DANCE + MUSIC + AUDIENCE.
The focus is on the artistic discourse, a combination of interaction and communication with the artists and the public. An intuitively, firing interaction, which creates new, unexpected things and thoughts in Dance and in Music and for the public.

Improvisation is one of the most honest Art forms, as intuitive action must be taken immediately and this action has a decisive and unforeseen effect on the Performance. What emerges and what remains? Who moves whom or what?
It is a game: It means freedom in the highest concentration, what counts is the perception, attention and awareness of the moment and always focused on: spontaneous, present, in the moment.

The performance promises a meeting of different people who have to overcome many different boundaries, demarcations, barriers. Together we will develop a performance that focuses on the central theme of encounter. We will create Moments of real life contact with another person. Our aim is to transcend borders and to create open situations. We live in times of increasing nationalism, in spaces, where constantly new walls are built. DOtone is a transition point and entrance leading to a place where real encounters can happen in the HERE and NOW.

DOtone – Musicians + Performer
Gergely Lukàcs studied trumpet in Budapest (HU) and Karlsruhe (DE).
Since 2006 he works as a freelance musician and has been on stage, performing at Carnegie Hall, New York, the Berlin Philharmonic and others. He is member of the Express Brass Band, Kisr, Top Siegfried, BRock, the Kammerakademie Neuss, La Dolcezza, Concerto Munich in Brass and Umze. He won a series of music competitions i.a. the international chamber music competition in Chiere, Italy. Gergely is teaching Trompet at various universities in the USA, South Africa and Germany.
Sascha Lüer studied saxophone, bass and piano at the Jazzhochschule in Munich (DE). Since then, he has been active as a session musician in studios, in various jazz, rock, reaggae bands i.a. Express Brass Band, Embryo, Top Siegfried and the Whiskey Foundation with whom he has been travelling all over the world.

Simon Otto is a freelance musician for trumpet and tuba based in Munich (DE). He plays in various bands/ ensembles i.a. Express Brass Band, Tuna Trio and the duo Tyam. In addition to the regular appearances with the bands in Europe, Africa and America, he accompanied in 2017 various performances, i.a. OVERxCOME at the Karachi Biennale 2017 in Pakistan.
Sunil Shankar is one of the leading Actor/ Director in Karachi. He graduated from the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) in 2009. Since then he has successfully carved a niche for himself, being voted ‘Best Director 2013’ in the Express Tribune awards. He gained recognition after his first play ‘Equus’ in 2012 at the NAPA theatre festival, critically acclaimed for his experimental approach. In 2013, Sunil’s play ‘Mantorama’ was selected in the National School of Drama (NSD) festival in New Delhi, India. In 2017 he was also nominated for 2 most prestigious “NIGAAR” awards for “ RAHM”.

Katrin Schafitel, since 1999,  has been the most prominent actor in the independent dance scene of Munich (DE). With her rich personality, her strong character, she has worked and collaborated with different choreographers/ directors like Rosemary Butcher, Romeo Castellucci, Achim Freyer, Amir Hosseinpour, Anna Konjetzky, Andreas Kriegenburg, Katja Wachter. She performs at the Bavarian State Opera, and has been seen at national theaters and international festivals. She brings charisma and expressive power to the stage, and at the same time shows aesthetic agility and sensible intelligence.


(VIDEO and TEXT) German Jazz Quartet C.A.R. mesmerizes karachiites!

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Graduation ceremony and Exposition of the works of pupils of 31st batch of AFK’s Diploma in Professional Photography!





KARACHI: French Cultural Centre (Alliance Française de Karachi)’s main Art Gallery was the venue where eight graduating students of the 31st batch of Diploma in Professional Photography exposed their works. 

Director Alliance Française Gilles Pascal and MD Canon Muhammad Mahmud Naqvi gave away the diplomas to the successful students. Adrian Lobo received the award for the best creative work while Abdul Rafey Hasan was judged the best student of the batch.

Speaking to the (official partner BBCNEWS) Professor Rahmatullah Khan informed: “In 2006 we have introduced 1-year diploma in photography for the first time in Pakistan! It is an internationally recognized diploma.

Pupils learn different photography techniques. We teach almost everything from A to Z, except under-water photography because not everyone can do that.

Works of eight students are being displayed in this exhibition. Each student is exposing 30 of his/her photographs. During the six-month diploma course each student captures 8000 photographs. Out of that we select & display the best ones”.  

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(VIDEO AND TEXT) 9th Karachi Literature Festival!




KARACHI: Literati from all over the Metropolis converged at creek-side Beach Luxury Hotel where 9th edition of 3-day Karachi Literature Festival commenced on Friday 9th of February. 

The event opened with welcome speech by Managing Director Oxford University Press Ameena Saiyid (OBE). Besides diplomats (including American, German, French, British, Indian and Italian) a number of prominent speakers addressed the ladies and gentlemen in the audience.

Ameena Saiyid while talking to (Official Partner BBCNEWS) has told that literary giants from all over Pakistan and eight other countries were participating in the festival. 

Terming KLF as the mother of all fests Ameena Saiyid pointed out that towards the naissance of such events and music/film/theatre festivals in other cities. Noorul Huda Shah held that Literature, culture and art were necessary to keep nations alive. Consul General of USA Grace Shelton maintained that connections and new ideas were generated during the festival that serves to inspire the minds of writers, scholars and academics and artists. Grace Shelton noted that KLF was Metropolis’ most anticipated cultural event. Deputy High Commissioner of UK Elin Burns noted that through the rich literature of Pakistan KLF showcased both talent and diversity. German Consul-General Rainer Schmiedchen stated that his countrymen were proud to be associated with the KLF, which was the nicest annual intellectuals’ gathering in Pakistan.  


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