Based on Peter Handke's play, "The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other", this theater piece portrays a group of strangers and their wordless interactions with each other as they go through life.
The Beginning and the End
The Platform is a metaphor for the world in which people arrive and depart, wait, move on, begin and end journeys. As they walk amongst one another, starting out sculpturally slow and increasing pace, their ordinary actions transform into elaborate movements that bring their idiosyncrasies to life, completely immersing the audience in this world. The use of vivid colors in the posters are meant to convey that experience.
The spaces between them gain significance too and become a character of it's own. In the words of the dramaturg, Sankar Venkateswaran, "These gaps spill over to the parallel actions done by the people." The crammed, overlapping nature of the type is a reflection of the chaotic hustle and bustle of a railway platform in a large city – in this case, the Howrah station in Kolkata – from where the artistic director Raka Maitra has drawn her inspiration.
Using spaces, kerning and word breaks as visual metaphors for the not-so-invisible barriers in society based on race, colour, class, gender and culture, these posters strive to bring to attention an important message from the performance: that we fail to function as one harmonious society as long as we live with these implicit and sometimes unconscious biases about what makes someone else unique.
- Anushka Ghosh
- Bernie Ng
- Sankar Venkateswaran
- Artistic Director of Performance
- Raka Maitra