Bringing to life personal stories and anecdotes from mental health service users through traditional imagery, language and stories.
Kahaani touches on human emotions, responses and reactions in their diverse states, from childhood through to adult life – bringing to life personal stories and anecdotes from mental health service users.
The performance’s non-linear structure weaves through traditional imagery and language, evoking familiar stories, recipes and cultural celebrations.
Popular melodies and verse, from Lori South Asian lullabies to wedding songs from old Hindi films, capture the essence of life as we all experience it at some times.
Referencing Navarasa, the nine states of emotional empowerment from Indian aesthetics, Kahaani will entertain and engage through music, dance and spoken word while supporting audience members to take part and experience a sense of confidence and well-being.
Musicians: Mohinder Singh (Mendi), Daz Dolczech
Dancers: Jaya Khazaei, Manuela Benini
There will be other performances of Kahaani in community and health settings in Birmingham and Solihull, keep an eye on this page for further details.
Photo: Jaya Khazaei by Craig Oddy