SOUTH ASIAN INTERNATIONAL PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL
South Asian International Performing Arts Festival (SAIPAF) is the annual celebration of the diverse perspectives, ideas, and imaginations of artists from the South Asian subcontinent and/or who belong to the South Asian diaspora. SAIPAF featured over 200 artists and over 50 productions. The festival ran August 3rd-August 9th at Urban Stages in New York.
ROMEO & JULIET
Hypokrit Theatre Company’s inaugural production Romeo & Juliet, directed by Arpita Mukherjee, opened in February of 2015 at the Access Theater in New York. This reimagined telling of an old classic brought the star crossed lovers to the world of Bollywood, drawing on Bollywood’s elevated drama, song, and dance. With roots in classical drama of the South Asian subcontinent, influences from folk song and dance, as well as globalization, Hypokrit’s Romeo and Juliet harnessed the magic and elevated emotion of the Bollywood aesthetic to redefine perhaps the most well known Western Classic. With a race blind cast, director Arpita Mukherjee explored the rich conversation between east and west, selling out for three weeks in a row.
#TELLYOURSTORY with @sree
Hypokrit Theatre Company along with Leviathan Lab, presented a free social media workshop for artists, small businesses and arts organizations by Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer, Metropolitan Museum of Art Uris Center for Education on Friday, December 5th, 2015. #tellyourstory was workshop aimed at intermediate and advanced users of social media in any field. The focus was on getting best use out of a company’s time online, how to build more fans and followers, and how achieve an online presence in a smart, strategic, sustainable manner. Versions of this workshop have been taught by Sree at CNN, Washington Post, New York Times, etc, and in Boston, Seattle, Beijing, Shanghai, Delhi, Mumbai, Vienna, Toronto, Bermuda and more.
FIRST ANNUAL IAAC LITERARY FESTIVAL
Hypokrit served as a Community Partner to the Indo American Arts Council as they presented the First Annual IAAC Literary Fest. The First Annual IAAC Literary Festival featured work by authors whose heritage lies in the Indian subcontinent, as well as those who have written about a subject connected to any aspect of that part of the world. The Festival featured veteran as well as emerging authors along with publishers and literary agents in order to create exciting discussions surrounding the various genres and themes represented. Speakers included Aasif Mandvi and Ayad Akhtar among others.