*Editor’s Note – All information is given by them below. If interested please email Faezeh Jalali : fatsthearts[at]gmail[dot]com*
FATS TheArts (earlier FAT Productions) started 6 years ago producing school annual days. Our first show, produced by Weirdass Repetory, ‘All in the Timing’ written by David Ives, opened at the NCPA centre stage festival in 2012, and was a great success. We collaborated with Jhoom on ‘Re-Lay’ (2013) and with Tram Theatre for ‘Objects in the Mirror are Closer than they Appear’ (2014). FATS TheArts experiments with form and content, continuously searching for new and different ways of performance, and trying to bring text alive through physicality.
The META award winning play ‘07/07/07’ was created under FATS TheArts Collaborative in 2015.
Shikhandi was meant to be born male to avenge her past life as Amba. But the bigger karmic game unfolds when she is reborn female, raised male, has a sex change on her wedding night (when she runs away to in the forest – thanks to a Yaksha), and finally fulfils her destiny- to be the cause of Bhishma’s death.
A comic, tongue-in-cheek, re-telling of the story of Shikhandi (from the Mahabharata), mixing the traditional with the contemporary; the grandeur of Indian story-telling and contemporary English verse- questioning gender, sexuality, maleness, femaleness and everything in-between.
About the Director/Writer: Faezeh Jalali
Faezeh Jalali is the Founder of the theatre collaborative, FATS Thearts, Mumbai. She is an actor, director, choreographer, teacher, aerial acrobat and a bit of a writer.
Faezeh received her Master of Fine Arts degree, in Performance, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s, Clarence Brown Professional Actors’ Training Programme, with a full scholarship for the 3 year course; and her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts (Acting and Directing concentrations) from Beloit College, Wisconsin, (graduated Magna cum Laude).
Faezeh, has done several other short courses, like the physical theatre and dance course from KiM (Kosmos in Movement), Berlin, Germany, the Spacelab and Movement course at LISPA (London international School of Performing Arts), London, UK, a workshop with Pilobolus Dance Theatre, NY, USA, among others.
As an actor, Faezeh, has been part of several plays in India and abroad; some of which include, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tim Supple), Arms and the Man ( Naseerudin Shah), The Djinns of Eidgah ( Richard Twyman), Thook (Abhishek Majumdar) The Trestle at Popelick Creek, Ursula and Kaspar (Rehaan Engineer), As You Like It (Blake Robison), The Bacchae of Euripides and Three Sisters(directed by Elizabeth Craven), Pericles (directed by Joe Haj), among others.
She has directed, Jaal (by Annie Zaidi), for Writer’s Bloc 3, All in the Timing (by David Ives), Re-Lay (adapted by Abhishek Thakur), Dream Catcher (by Vijay Nair, co-directed with Trishla Patel), Objects in the Mirror are Closer than they Appear (co-directed with Choiti Ghosh) and recently directed a monologue I’m Every Woman (performed by Anu Menon) for Rage’s One on One 2.
Her META -winning play 07/07/07 was devised based on the written accounts of Reyhaneh Jabbari and Iranian woman who was hanged for stabbing, in self-defence, a man who tried to rape her.
Faezeh has done several ads, films and TV shows but her true love is theatre: creating and performing.