Nirbhaya OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Sara Krulwich
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    April 16, 2015
    Closing:
    May 17, 2015

    Theater: Culture Project / 45 Bleecker St, New York, New York, 10002

    Synopsis: 

    On the night of December 16th 2012 a young woman and her male friend boarded a bus in urban Delhi heading for home. What followed, changed the lives of these two people and countless others forever. Internationally acclaimed playwright and director Yael Farber creates a searing new work that cracks open the cone of silence around women whose lives have been shattered by gender-based violence.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Nirbhaya

    ‘Nirbhaya,’ a Lamentation and a Rallying Cry for Indian Women

    Ben Brantley

    April 27, 2015: hey become a multitude, the members of this small cast, moving inexorably toward collision. Pacing, circling, brushing up against one another in the opening sequences of Yael Farber’s “Nirbhaya” — the harrowing documentary drama that opened on Sunday night at the Lynn Redgrave Theater — a mere half-dozen performers evoke the explosive contingency of life in an overpopulated city. There’s a chafing sexual friction among these bodies in motion, hovering on the edge of violence. We are, we are told, in bloated, heaving New Delhi. And it is a place where simply riding a bus, for a woman, is to be “passed from one pair of groping hands to another,” to feel that “you’re everyone’s, every day.” Within this restless traffic, a single, slight figure moves across the stage with processional calm. She sings softly to herself, though she never speaks a word. Her name is Jyoti Singh Pandey, and she has been dead for over two years. “Nirbhaya,” Hindi for fearless, is the name by which Ms. Pandey is best known. In this play, that name is spoken as both a lamentation and a rallying cry, and Ms. Pandey’s presence is that of both a ghost and a strength-giving deity.

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