Smriti Daniel writes about why Unearthed was the most extraordinary performance she saw in 2012.
Here is a list of reasons why Unearthed was the most extraordinary performance I saw in 2012:
1. The setting. A three-storey home in Kotte became the stage for the night’s site specific performance. We began by peering from above into a room where lovers paced and ended on a verandah where a card game of lies unravelled its players entirely. In between we sat down at a dining table, eating cupcakes, while our hosts muttered secrets in our ears, we stopped by a display cabinet where a woman sat on a shelf, and winced at the thud of a man’s body falling off a bench. The rooms of the house became a series of stages, but more, the house was itself a presence in the production – an inspiration, a director, a co-actor. Everywhere were signs that this was in fact someone’s home, the awareness of which added a layer of startling intimacy to the performance.