The South India Artist Intensive will be held on the secluded grounds of Visthar, a center committed to social justice and peace. Located 30 kilometers outside the bustling center of Bangalore, in the heart of southern India, Visthar is a support and training organization devoted to providing the raw materials necessary for achievement and growth towards the full realization of one’s rights as a human being. Upon its inception, it has dedicated itself to the process of attaining and sustaining equitable and dignified ways of living not only in India, but internationally as well.
Visthar has a rich history of local and community centered advocacy as well as a strong link to the international community. Through hands-on interaction with their unique environment, their workshops and seminars educate artists and activists from around the world on their shared mission to strengthen the global community. This unity of local and global focus makes Visthar an ideal host for the work of Theater Mitu and the goals of this intensive.
Classes and performances are held in the following locations:
-The Aala: an open space with a newly clay-tiled roof that can accommodate over 100 people and will host many of our outdoor classes.
-Sampigue Roof: The open-air roof space of one of Visthar’s Residence Halls is a large space that will house most of Theater Mitu’s Classes.
-The Mandala: is a unique space for meditation and reflection. Under the Visthar’s delicious jackfruit tree, people descend underground to experience themselves in relationship to the earth.
-Kalam: This open-air theater sits amidst a chiku orchard on the Visthar campus. Mounds, pits, trees, plants, flowers and an small amphitheatre-like seating gallery created entirely from mud and stones make up this distinctive space.
-The Dry Well: At Visthar, these magnificent dry wells have been refurbished and create a beautiful and exceptional space for installations and performances.
Additional amenities include:
– Taxi services.
– An Emergency medical clinic (10 minutes from the grounds)
– Wireless Internet
– Facilities for long distance/international phone calls
Housing: We will be staying in a residence hall called Sampigue. It features clean, twin sharing dormitory style apartments with western bathrooms.