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Nordic Breezes on Stage


Un-Magritt Nordseth has worked for several years in the Norwegian Stage Community. After finishing The Oslo National Art School of Norway in 1984, she ran her own dance-theatre company in Norway for more than ten years doing several independent stage productions including collaborations with music festivals (Ultima and Music Factory) and the International Festival of Bergen. In 1998 she started choreographing for the main theatres of Norway with the Black Rider production of Robert Wilson. From then on she has continuously choreographed for the Norwegian Theatre and National Theatre and have done more than ten main stage productions. She was invited to open The Art Museum at Lillehammer (Winter Olympics 93) and she choreographed the official celebration of the turn of the century in Norway 2000. Since 2002 she also worked regularly for The Ibsen Theatre, both as a director and choreographer.
She has also worked with several family productions for the young audience, including …

The Tradition of Baishakh


LET's talk about a festival in Bangladesh where there are no barriers of religion, where people from all religions celebrate the festival with great delight and joy. I know you will say that it must be Pahela Baishak. Yes, you are absolutely right. Pahela Baishak is celebrated in a festive manner not only in Bangladesh but also in West Bengal as well as by Bengali people in Tripura and Assam. Besides, all over the world Bangla speaking people celebrate this day. When it is the question of our culture and our heritage, we unite, we assemble under the same umbrella. Pahela Baishak is that kind of Bengali culture. On this day, we Bengalis gather for new hopes and a new future.
Celebrations of Pahela Baishak started from Akbar's reign. But behind it the main cause was economical. Under the Mughals, agricultural taxes were collected according to the Hijri calendar. As the Hijri calendar is a moon calendar, it does not coincide with the harvest. Consequently, farmers were hard…

The Bicycle Clown


Álvaro Neil, the biciclown (bicycle clown), was born in Oviedo (Asturias), Spain on July 17, 1967. He studied Law in Pamplona (Navarra) and trained as a clown in Barcelona and Madrid. After selling his car, he left his job at a Notary Office in Madrid to cycle around South America (2001-2003). He also offered his clown shows for free to the poor audiences. He came back to Spain, wrote a book about his experience, Miles of Smiles around the World (2004-2014). Then he started preparing his big project. He started on November 19, 2004 from his local city, Oviedo. The first leg of this big project was Africa. Two years and nine months later, he had cycled down the west coast, from Morocco to Cape Town and then backed up to Cairo, covering 30 countries and a whopping 38,000 miles. He stopped in Cairo (Egypt) to write his second book. And he kept on going. Middle East was the second leg of his journey and then Central Asia. He had published his third book, available in English, Pho…

Secret sibling sneaker supervision

Rahad Abir is touched by this heart-rending movie from acclaimed filmmaker Majid Majidi

The first Iranian film to be nominated the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Children of Heaven makes its plot clear from the very first scene of a cobbler and a boy. This boy is Ali and the shabby school sneakers being repaired are his younger sister Jahra’s. On the way home Ali misplaces the bag with the shoes. Jahra and Ali decide to keep the loss secret from their parents to save their father from the impossible expense of a new pair. To manage school, the two share Ali’s sneakers – Jahra goes to school in the morning and comes running home to hand over the shoes to Ali so he can run to school at noon. As much as they try and as hard as they run, Ali cannot reach school on time and is caught coming in late by the headmaster for two consecutive days. A possible solution looms in when the school children’s footrace offers new sneakers as third prize. Ali enters the race, promising his…

Evoking Emotion Through Nostalgia


Marcelo Brodsky (b.1954) is an artist and human rights activist based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He trained as a photographer at the International Center of Photography in Barcelona, Spain during his exile in the 1980s. He has had solo exhibitions in Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, New York, Rotterdam, Montevideo, Rome, Caracas, and Amsterdam and his work is represented in the collection of the Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, the Joaquim Paiva Collection, the Fernando Baur Collection and numerous private collections. In 1997, he edited and exhibited the photographic essay Buena Memoria (Good Memory), consisting of photos, video and texts that show the personal and collective evolution of a class of the Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires, marked by two “missing” students due to state terrorism. Between 1997 and 2007, the exhibition was presented over a hundred times in 20 countries, by itself and as part of other artistic projects. Buena Memoria…

Finding his father

Rahad Abir reviews Nathaniel Kahn’s searching documentary about his world-renowned father, Louis I Kahn

Pennsylvania train station in New York City. March 17, 1974. A dead body found in the men’s restroom. Who cares who died? The dead body is sent to the hospital. It remains unidentified for three days. The man had scratched out his home address on his passport. When the man’s identity was discovered, not only the whole of the United States but the whole world was shocked. Because that man was not merely anybody – it was world-renowned architect Louis Isadore Kahn. This is the beginning of the documentary film ‘My Architect: A Son’s Journey’. The incident of Kahn’s death is narrated in the film by showing the place where he died in the station as well as the newspaper cutouts. Kahn’s son Nathaniel made this biographical documentary on Louis Kahn 30 years after his father’s death. But Nathaniel is not simply his son. Officially the public knew that Kahn had no son and only a wife Es…

Being Simple and Faithful

Interview by Rahad Abir

German director, Andrea Erl has directed about 35 plays, most of them for children and youth. Since 1993 she worked in theatre Mummpitz as artistic director and she directed in different municipal theatres (such as Theatre Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, Neuss and Berlin) as a freelance director. In the nineties she started also to explore other theatre-cultures. So she went to Italy and France. In the year 2000 she directed in Russia in Nishnij Nowvgorod the play: “Gretchen, Paige 99 following” from Lutz Hübner. Since 2000 she has been the artistic director for the European children theatre-festival “Panoptikum” which takes place every two years in Nürnberg. Since 2002 she is in the board of the ASSITEJ and so she can connect her directing in an international context, also the political work for children-theatre in Germany and Europe. She recently came to Dhaka to direct a theatre workshop on 'Theatre for Children', which took place in November 2008, at the Goeth…