On 13 December between 3 and 5 p.m. the internationally renowned cultural critic Rustom Bharucha will be interviewed live on the internet by Eugene van Erven of the Community Art Lab. The subjects include a number of recent developments in the Dutch community art scene (video images of which will also be incorporated). These will be related to Bharucha's own work and experiences. Bharucha will particularly reflect on two current projects that the Treaty of Utrecht Community Art Lab has been researching, 'The Opera Flat' of YO! Opera in Utrecht and 'In the Name of the Fathers', a community theatre production at the father centre in The Hague directed by Marlies Hautvast. In addition, Bharucha will also talk about the recent 'Art in my backyard' Cultural Sunday in Utrecht and the 'Who Cares' working conference that attempted to bring together artists and mental health and social work professionals around the issue of youth in crisis. Both these events were produced by the Community Art Lab.
The interview, in talkshow format, is open to everybody interested in questioning the views of Rustom Bharucha. Leave your comment or question via the form on the webpage.
Rustom Bharucha holds a DFA (Doctor of Fine Arts) in Theatre Dramaturgy from Yale School of Drama. He is an independent scholar, director and intercultural critic and consultant based in Kolkata, India. He is the author of several well-known books including Theatre and the World (Routledge), The Question of Faith, In the Name of the Secular, The Politics of Cultural Practice: Thinking Through Theatre in an Age of Globalization (Oxford), Rajasthan: An Oral History (Penguin) and Another Asia : Rabindranath Tagore and Okakura Tenshin (New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2006).
Eugene van Erven is a senior lecturer in theatre at Utrecht University and author of Community Theatre: Global Perspectives (Routledge) and The Playful Revolution: Theatre and Liberation in Asia (Indiana). Together with Mira Kho and Rien Sprenger he runs the Community Art Lab.
The webcast interview is an initiative of the Community Art Lab (Vrede van Utrecht) in collaboration with CIM audiovisual services and the Theatre Studies department of the Faculty of Humanities of Utrecht University.