Young Indian Actress Smashes Stereotypes At SOULO Theatre
On the heels of the hit shows The Clergy Project and Newsgirl, SOULO Theatre presents a brand new site-specific pop-up run of Undercover Indian, written and performed by dynamic, artist-to-watch, Ankita Kumar-Ratta and co-created and directed by Tracey Erin Smith, Canada's Queen of Solo Shows, and the Artistic Director of SOULO Theatre (The Clergy Project, Newsgirl).
Undercover Indian takes place in a real yoga studio at Kula Annex Yoga (304 Brunswick Avenue, 2nd floor) for four shows only from November 4th - 11th, 2017.
In August 2017, Undercover Indian was invited to present at Canada's famous Soulpepper Theatre Company, as part of the Shen Development Series, during which it garnered great enthusiasm from its audience.
"A must see for anyone who has roots in more than one place, or anyone curious about what that experience is like! A touching, funny and deeply personal work from an amazing young creator." - RJ Satchithananthan (Musician and Educator)
In Undercover Indian, you are invited to join Ankita in a yoga class. In this hilariously thought-provoking, and playfully immersive theatre piece, Ankita reveals, asana by asana, how her experience in India made her see North American culture through a new lens. Undercover Indian is a story about belonging, becoming, and the beauty of identifying with two worlds.
Undercover Indian involves basic movement and participation, in the form of yoga asana (postures). The asana practice gives audiences the opportunity to physically experience the story, through a form that is caught between two worlds - the East and the West.
Undercover Indian involves basic movement and wearing comfortable clothing is encouraged.
However, chairs will be available in the space for those who do not wish to participate in the movement segments.
No yoga experience required.
Ankita Kumar-Ratta is a multi-disciplinary artist with training in theatre, dance and yoga. She has worked, in varying capacities, at Soulpepper Theatre Company since 2009, and has presented work at Tarragon Theatre's One Act Play Festival, Luminato, and the Paprika Festival. Her artistic expression is deeply influenced by her experience working and living abroad in Chicago, Jerusalem, Chandigarh and Dehradun, India. Undercover Indian is Ankita's first full-length show and her biggest artistic project to date.
Tracey Erin Smith is an award-winning performer, writer and teacher. She is the founder of the award-winning SOULO Theatre Company (www.soulo.ca), the Artistic Director of Toronto's SOULO Theatre Festival, SOULO NYC and the Co-Founder of the Totnes SOULO Theatre Festival in England. Smith recently won a Broadway World Toronto Award for her latest solo show, MEMENTO MORI. In July 2017, SOULO Theatre debuted The Clergy Project in Toronto and New York City, and then, in October 2017, brought back SOULO Theatre Festival hit, Newsgirl, a site-specific show in a real boxing ring, starring Savoy Howe of Newsgirls Boxing Gym.
For images, interviews or more information, please contact Ankita Kumar-Ratta at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 647-679-8567.
SOULO Theatre Presents
Saturday, November 4th to Saturday, November 11th, 2017 at Kula Annex Yoga (304 Brunswick Avenue, 2nd Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1X9).
• Saturday, November 4th - 7 pm & 9 pm
Sunday, November 5th - 2:30 pm
Saturday, November 11th - 7 pm
Co-Produced by SOULO Theatre Company and Ankita Kumar-Ratta In collaboration with Kula Annex Yoga Studio
Written and Performed by Ankita Kumar-Ratta CO-Created and Directed by Tracey Erin Smith
Pay What You Can Afford: $10 or $25 or $50 Available in person at Kula Annex Yoga Studio or online at soulo.ca/undercoverindian
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