Reiko Shimizu


"Sun-Sanga"- screening performance event 2018-19;  

Studio ex-forma, Mumbai; Lighthouse, Kolkata; Chander Haat, Kolkata; Kriti Gallery, Varanasi; India; 2018-19

The enchanting words of Rabindranath Tagore's "Gitanjali" set the stage for a captivating multi-act performance that explores the profound themes of love, joy, and the interplay of light and darkness. Each act weaves together elements of poetry, visuals, and immersive experiences, inviting the audience on a transformative journey of emotions and introspection.

"Light, my light, the world filling light, the eye-kissing light! Ah, the light dances, my darling, at the center of my heart, the light strikes, my darling the chords of my love; the sky opens, the wind runs wild, laughter passes over the earth" (Gitanjali, verse57)
                                                                                                            Act 1: Monochoromatic video (looped) projected on the screen in a dark room

"And for this thy love loses itself in the love of thy lover, and there art thou seen in the perfect union of two." (Gitanjali, verse 56)
Act 2: On the 2nd loop, turmeric placed on the screen

"Mirth spreads from leaf to leaf, my darling, and gladness without measure. The heaven's river has drowned its banks and the flood of joy is abroad." (Gitanjali, verse 57)
Act 3: On the 3rd loop, cut out the screen and distribute the pieces

"The morning light has flooded my eye - this is thy message to my heart. Thy face is bent from above, thy eyes look down on my eyes, and my heart has touched thy feet." (Gitanjali, verse 59) 
Act 4: Final Loop and light be turned on

"Let all the strains of joy mingle in my last song - the joy that makes the earth flow over in the riotous excess ot the grass...the joy that sits still with its tears on the open red lotus of pain, and the joy that throws everything it has upon the dust, and knows not a word: (Gitanjali, verse58)
Act 5: The screen possibly be exhibited for the next few days with some still images
visual art