SICP

Swiss Initiative Cultural Projects in India

There are two group from India and two group
from Switzerland working together on Theatre and Film In India

The acronym CESCI stands for Centre for Experiencing Socio-Cultural lnteraction. The centre is situated near Madurai, in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India.

CESCI was founded in 1993 by Swiss women, Maja Koene together with Rajagopal P V., a well known Gandhian activist and the initiator of the social reform movement Ekta Parishad.

CESCI as the name suggests is a forum for facilitating socio-cultural exchange between the north and south. It hosts training for the activists from social organisations and provides an ideal environment in which they can take time to reflect and to recover from the mental and physical demands of their work at the grassroots.

CESCI is a direct form of solidarity. The movement Ekta Parishad takes action since three decades on rights of the landless, women and the adivasi communities. A great part of Ekta Parishad’s success is owing to the persistent efforts of men and women following the Gandhian philosophy with the will for social change to the betterment for the marginalized. More than 1000 activists work for awareness building, social rights and self help groups. Most of them stem from the same segment of the population they render their service to. Hence, they are familiar with their problems and issues and are able to find suitable solutions.

Theatre workshops and Festivals

CESCI has organized many theatre festivals and workshops since 1997, hosting artists across the country and internationally. Different issues relevant to the lives of ordinary people such as drought, alcoholism or domestic violence have been addressed for social change. Previous theatre festivals had titles like “Artists and Activists in Search against Poverty and Violence”, “Children and Theatre towards a New World”, “Art and People in Search of a Common Cause”, “Theatre for a Just World”, “Women and Society”, “Tribal Theatre for Cultural Solidarity”, “Theatre for Nonviolence and Peace” etc. With art as a tool, this is a serious effort to involve people associated with theatre to use their skills to address the problems of the deprived section of society. Theatre is a metaphor for society and an effective instrument to create a just world by promoting a system of good governance. Artists and activists, trained in CESCI theatre festivals and workshops, have gone back to their own states and villages with the commitment to carry forward the agenda.

Founded in 2002, the theatre group NIGAZH, madurai, explores the basic principles of theatre and performence aesthetics through production,workshops, seminars, festivals, publications and intractions.

The main objective of the group is to take theatre closer to those who have been marginalized by society. by creating a new space where the spirit of indigenous theatre can be renewed without excluding the essential tamil flavour that is an integral part of it, it hopes to achieve the emaccipations and involment of those who are not part of mainstream contemporary society.

Since 2003 the PurPur Theatre exists as a culture house for children and with children. Already in 1999 the charitable sponsoring association of the PurPur Theatre came into existence. Since 20 years now has been serving as the basis and sponsorship of our theatre.

Its members made and still make this visionary playroom for phantasy possible. As we feel strongly about the phantasy of children, we support and foster this workshop for ideas. Since 2003 the PurPur Theatre exists as a culture house for children and with children. Already in 1999 the charitable sponsoring association of the PurPur Theatre came into existence.

Since 20 years now has been serving as the basis and sponsorship of our theatre. Its members made and still make this visionary playroom for phantasy possible. As we feel strongly about the phantasy of children, we support and foster this workshop for ideas.

PurPur Theatre – Independent space for phantasy.

In Workshops for children of 3 years up to teen ager of 15 years. Directed by professional theatre pedagogues.

Parents pay for courses, according to their economical capacity, supported out of a solidarity fund.

Theatre performances for children and adults. Professional artists and plays on specific topics for children, in ticket shows and performances for school classes. Cooperative projects with schools, kindergarten and educational institutions; collaboration with the city office for art & school.

An observation a portrait a pamphlet or an essay regardless in which form the art of documentary film is what is fascinating us. Since the foundation of RECK Film produktion in 2000 by Franziska Reck, the company has mainly been de-veloping and producing documentary, documentary-feature and experimental films for cinema and television.

An observation a portrait a pamphlet or an essay regardless in which form the art of documentary film is what is fascinating us. Since the foundation of RECK Film produktion in 2000 by Franziska Reck, the company has mainly been de-veloping and producing documentary, documentary-feature and experimental films for cinema and television.

Always searching for new ideas, always transcending limitations, RECK Filmproductions stands for – and features – interest in the wide variety of lifestyles and the diverse forms in which people express themselves, as well as the fascination of images – whether documentary, staged or experimental in nature. In the centre of the search are human encounters, images depicting what happens when different cultures encounter one another.
Exploration – investigation – RECK’S guiding principles, also incorporate production and distribution, so that each film and each essay thus finds the best matching framework conditions for both production and distri¬bution.
Each film is one of a kind – unique, distinctive and unmistakable – and thus receives special, individual atten¬tion and treatment.

Activities

  • Theatre workshop for Children
  • Theatre Pedagogy workshop for Teachers
  • Theatre workshop for Teachers (Play Production)
  • Theatre workshop for Youth
  • Folk art workshop
  • Film Acting Workshop
  • Film Making Workshop
  • Painting Workshop
  • Story Telling Workshop
  • Photography Workshop
  • Nonviolence Education workshop