International Association for Performing Arts and Research is a network of Artists and Arts Professionals seeking to exchange ideas, increase opportunity within the arts community and connect all within it. IAPAR encourages independence and openness for inter-disciplinary thinking and action. It works as the Indian Centre of International Theatre Institute. IAPAR was established in 2013 and since then it has initiated several projects and has been a part of a lot of international festivals and networks. Along with its several productions, workshops, collaborative projects, IAPAR has also initiated a research project called ‘Arts and Entrepreneurship’. It is one of the founding projects of the UNITWIN network. The project tries to look at the artist’s education and possibilities of inculcating entrepreneurial attitude in the artist community. Along with the several on-going projects, IAPAR initiated the first IAPAR International Theatre Festival in November 2016.
Vidyanidhee Sudheer Vanarase (Prasad), born and brought up in Pune, completed his Post Graduation in Dramatic Arts from the National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi. He has directed more than fifty plays in Marathi, Hindi, Konkani, Kannada and English. He has gained proficiency in various interrelated areas – Direction, Teaching and Mentoring, Administration and Management of Arts and Applied Arts.
In Transit directed by Aditi Venkateshwaran is a non-verbal dance theatre performance that examines the representation of systemic and subjective movement in contemporary cultural looking at bodies in transit in India. The performance looks at the intensity of the movements & moments we experience on the streets. It senses the physicality in strong and soft tones, a constant searching and uncovering, everything we see around us that we cannot forget and carry within us. “In Transit” was performed at the Eastern University in Batticaloa Sri Lanka, in Colombo at the Colombo International Theatre Festival, in April 2017, IAPAR International Theatre Festival 2017, Abhinaya National Theatre Festival, Hyderabad and was also invited to BABEL FAST International Arts festival, Romania.
IAPAR International Theatre Festival is led by our Festival Director Mr Vidyanidhee Vanarase, Associate Director Dr Ajay Joshi , Festival Development Head Mr Dheeresh Joshi and Festival Secretary Aditi Venkateshwaran. The Executives are supported by the core artistic team of International Association for Performing Arts and Research.
The Festival has been supported by Lalit Kala Kendra (Gurukul), Savitribai Phule Pune university, Maharashtra Cultural Centre, Kalachhaya Cultural Centre, URMEE, Shyamchi Aai Foundation and Patheya Trust.
Allied Activities – Ashwini Giri
Design and Publicity – Madhura Pendse
Logistics – Zubin Khetani
Technical – Ashish Vaze
Venue – Harshad Rajpathak
Documentation – Rohan Wekhande
Operations – Tanmayee Ambekar
Media and PR – Kushal Khot
Top (Left to Right) – Dheeresh Joshi, Nikhil Gadgil, Vidyanidhee Vanarase, Ashish Vaze, Ajay Joshi, Kushal Khot
Bottom (Left to Right) – Rohan Wekhande, Tanmayee Ambekar, Madhura Pendse, Aditi Venkateshwaran.