Caution is central to a woman’s experience of life in India. It is prescribed, imbibed and practiced with rigour, so that women can be ‘safe’. Thoda Dhyaan Se (Be Careful) is a satirical piece that challenges this notion of safety. Rooted in a widespread anger against the everyday violence against women, the performance confronts the unfortunate conflation between the manner in which women dress and the atrocities committed against them—as if the former begets the latter. Stripping down a culture hiding behind its conservative mores, international artist, Mallika Taneja exposes the contradictions at the heart of India’s stunted social progress.
Thoda Dhyaan Se was first created at the Tadpole Repertory as part of their show NDLS. It was awarded the ZKB Acknowledgement Prize at Zurich Theatre Spektakel in 2015.
The performance will be on Thursday, 23 March, 7:30pm-8:30pm at the FCAC Performance Space. Tickets are priced at $28 full / $22 concession.
Mallika Taneja is a Delhi based theatre artist, who also runs a neighbourhood arts organisation in Delhi by the name of Lost & Found. Mallika is currently developing a new work set to open in August 2017.
This project is supported by Arts Centre Melbourne through Creative Victoria for Asia TOPA. Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre