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Water Calligraphy

THEME OF THE PROJECT BASED ON

“Water is a Precious Commodity”

Directed by Dr Kanta Kochhar Lindgren in collaboration with Thespianz Theatre, and staged at the PACC auditorium in Karachi, Water Calligraphy was more than mere storytelling as it instigated rare theatrical techniques that employed games and corporeal theatre, thus expanding the performances of the artistes to move, dance and act dynamically.

SDG Goals Achieved!

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Thespianz Achieved SDG Goal 15
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Thespianz Achieved SDG Goal 17

Following UN SDG Goals Achieved!

  • Goal #13 Climate Action
  • Goal #15 Life On Land
  • Goal #6 Clean Water & Sanitation
  • Goal #17 Partnerships for the Goals

Highlights

About Project:

Admitting water to be a fundamental part of life, Water Calligraphy was a dance theatre that illustrated the adventures of three interesting characters and their misadventures with water, made it further enigmatic with pragmatic and implausible water stories originated not only from local suburbs but also from far away. The curtain opened to a singer performing to The Keepers of Stories. The lights then shifted to an old man (Osama Ghazai) who mops, as if in a dream, across the stage floor in one place using three sets of brushstrokes — the first in silence, the second with musical underscoring and the third with the mixed sounds of music and scraping through sand. The feel of the scene augments when, in the middle of the second and third set, the singer interweaves his singing with what the old man is doing.

Females

Participated

Males

Participated

Outcome

Achieved

Water Calligraphy - Thespianz

Play Synopsis

Water Calligraphy was an intellectual theatre that invited a latent message of the act. Blended with heavy fondles of classical English and written with artistic feel, the main theme of the play was that ‘Water is a precious commodity. The play took place at a time of drought followed by a series of urban scenes where the scenes shift between Karachi, New York and an unnamed place, and at various moments short interludes of a dance have also been incorporated.

Project Overall Impact

Aware534Audience

To Safe Water


The project received American Cultural Envoy to Pakistan in Oct. 2009 “Dr. Kanta Kochhar Lindgren” who collaborated with Thespianz and designed this play that convince people to safe water and carefully consume it.

IMPACT
IN NUMBERS

05

Performances
13

Artists
26

Days of Efforts
618

People Watched

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Flowing into the realm of calligraphy..


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The News International

The main theme of the play, according to Faisal Malik of the theatre group, is that 'water is a precious commodity.


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UW-Bothell professor first US cultural envoy to Pakistan in 30 years.


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Success Story - Water Calligraphy - Thespianz

Success Story


UW-Bothell Professor Dr. Kanta Kochhar Lindgren prepared this project with Thespianz team. She described her experience of visiting Pakistan for very first time and working with the social awareness organization was remarkable. She said “It was a great opportunity, unforgettable experience and a very noble cause to work on such rare issue like Water Consumption Awareness and I just not truly enjoyed it but also learn many things Pakistan while sharing my knowledge of experience with the Thespianz Team and the related people attached with this project”. She was truly amazed by the Pakistani hospitality while visiting many historical venues in Pakistan organized by Thespianz Team. She spread water consumption awareness in such beautiful manner that has not been portrayed yet. Water Calligraphy became it’s kind of first ever project/performance in Pakistan to being staged.

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