screening
28 March 2024

The Water Station

Directed by Abhishek Majumdar

Wayout water

How do we maintain dignity in the face of adversity?

Starts 9:00 pm

Ends 10:30 pm

Venue Wayout water

Warehouse 56

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Movement, sound, and silence paint a vivid journey of migration and the act of leaving home, not as a choice, but in desperation.

‘The Water Station’ is a film adaptation by playwright, director, and NYU Abu Dhabi professor Abhishek Majumdar of a play by Japanese playwright Ōta Shōgo, written in 1981. It is about our experience of the world and how it is shaped by what we have to leave behind, who we can leave with, and what happens when we meet others in our journeys. Inspired by Ōta Shōgo’s childhood experiences of walking long distances with other refugees as his family migrated from China to Japan, the piece – having no spoken words – foregrounds ‘slowness’ and ‘quietude’ and was crafted through movement, sound, and silence across space and landscape.

Water Station has been screened in many film festivals around the world and has received several awards. Some of the festivals have been Eastern European film awards, London Movie Awards, New York Neo realism film festival, Sweet Democracy film festival ( Italy) , Red Movie Awards, Dada Saheb Phalke awards , International Indian Panorama festival, Mumbai.

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Abhishek Majumdar is a playwright, essayist, scenographer, and director working in India and internationally. His work has been produced and commissioned in leading theaters of the world including Royal Court Theatre London, Prithvi Theatre Mumbai, Ranga Shankara Bangalore, Deutsch Shauspielhaus Hamburg, Ruhrfest Recklinghausen, Théâtre du Soleil Paris, National Theatre London, San Francisco Opera, PEN World Voices, Internacionale Dramaturgie Festival Buenos Aires, San Francisco Opera, and PlayCo New York amongst others.

He is a recipient of multiple awards including the META Award for Best Play and Best Script, International Theatremakers Award New York, The Shankar Nag Rangakarmi Award Bangalore, the Toto Funds the Arts Award, Segal Center Award for Civic Engagement in the Arts, B.V.Karanth Fellowship of Ninasam, Best Director in London Movie Awards, Best Director 8 and Half Film Festival (Rome) Awards, Best Scenographer Sofia International Film Festival amongst others. He works in Theater, Film, and Opera in different languages and cultures. His book of essays, Theater Across Borders is published by Bloomsbury International as part of the Theatermakers series and he has been published, performed, and translated in Hindi, English, French, German, Czech, Kannada, Bengali, Marathi, Kashmiri, and Spanish. He is the Artistic Director of Nalanda Arts Studio Bangalore and creative producer at New Voices Arts Project based in Bangalore. His plays are published by Bloomsbury International.

Apart from theater, he has published in the areas of mathematics, environmental economics, and chemistry.

Wayout Water | 9PM