Saturday, February 4

Innovative play by Aussie group amuses city kids

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The landmark Victoria Memorial is one of the favourite haunts for many city kids. The lush greenery amid the old architecture witnesses children making merry, especially on weekends. The last weekend was a little more playful than usual for them.A team from Australia was there to perform Ants by Polyglot Theatre. It was an interactive roving performance, which had giant ants bringing children together in a gentle and intriguing landscaping project. “We made this work in response to the children’s relationship that they quickly build with creatures and so easily suspend their disbelief in the imaginary world. We loved the idea of children becoming ants alongside our big ants and trying to communicate and understand them,” Sue Giles, artistic director of Polyglot Theatre, told us from Australia.

Children aged between three and five were seen running around, alongside the big ants, trying to collect bread crumb replicas. “This is a unique initiative. It’s a luxury for children to play outdoors these days. I wanted to expose my daughter to this sort of an experience,” said Sonali Basu, mother of five-and-a-half-year-old Aalina Bakshi.

The accompanying music kept the tempo of the play alive. Parents were seen equally excited about the new concept. For some mothers, it was an evening well spent wherein their kids insisted on taking part in back-to-back shows. They were so excited to hand over the bread crumbs to the ants that they would also pick up the ones already stored and hand them over again!

“We have come to India for the first time. It’s exciting to see the warm reception,” said Tirese Ballard, an artiste of the group.

Source: Times of India

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