What is it to be an unconventional Indian woman trying to exist in a marginalizing world? Voided is a solo performance inspired by Pratima’s own experiences and the true story of Kalpana Chawla (the first Indian female astronaut in space and one of the crew members who died in the 2003 Columbia accident). It’s the exploration of culture, status quo, and representation that dares to color outside the lines.
$10 / 70 minutes
Voided was originally developed as part of the Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists (PAPA) 2018 Mini-Residency Program in partnership with Asian Arts Initiative. It was further developed as part of 1812 Production’s Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Program this summer and funded by the Leeway Foundation’s Art and Change Grant.
Pratima Agrawal, Creator/Performer/Producer: Pratima is a local performing artist, teaching artist, and administrator. While she considers herself from Austin, TX, she moved to Philadelphia four years ago by way of Bethlehem, PA for the city’s vibrant theatre and arts scene and is inspired by the progressive community voices within and outside of the arts. She finds purpose in working on projects that challenge her as an artist and push the boundaries of art and humanity. She also volunteers for the Philadelphia Ready for 100 clean energy campaign and is a Sixers fan. She would like to thank all her collaborators for their artistry and continued support.
Sarah Mitteldorf, Creator/Director: Sarah is a theatre maker, penguin admirer, and puppy scruffler. She loves getting people to talk about themselves, the world around them, and the art that they are making. Sarah is a founding member of Kaleid Theatre (as in kaleidoscope, as in collide). Thanks as always to the amazing artists that demand and allow her to grow.
Anula Shetty, Video/Projection Designer: Anula is an award-winning filmmaker and new media artist. She is a recipient of a 2017 Pew Fellowship in the Arts award. She received her MFA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University and serves on the board of the Alliance of Media Arts and Culture. Her work has been broadcast on PBS and screened at festivals and museums worldwide. She was an Artist-in-Residence at Asian Arts Initiative and the Village of Arts & Humanities as part of two social practice artist residencies funded by ArtPlace America. She is currently working on Cosmic Egg, a poetic documentary and new media project set against the landscape of transnational surrogacy, the yearning for procreation, egg harvesting, and the outsourcing of wombs of women in India.
Rachel Ishikawa, Sound Designer: Rachel is an audio producer based in Philadelphia. She makes music under the moniker Shakai Mondai and also makes radio.
Ro Gauger, Lighting Designer: Ro is a lighting designer and stage manager transplanted from Berks County. She has previously collaborated with Kaleid Theatre, Power Street Theatre Company, and all of the wonderful folks who have participated in (re)FOCUS Fest 2016 and 2018. She is super excited to be collaborating with Pratima for a third reincarnation of Voided!