A collaborative production inspired by the stories, struggles, dreams and hopes of a motley group of teenagers titled Walk! was staged at Studio Safdar on May 22 - 23. The show was born out of a four month intensive arts-for-social-change curriculum, in which 12 teenagers, cutting across barriers of caste, class, gender, religion, and nationality, came together to teach each other about the social issues that affect them most deeply as well as the changes they dream of.
Walk! was based on the lives and stories of the cast members; while no one plays their own part, the stories are all true. Facilitated by Tasawwur, a collective of <g data-gr-id="19">artistes</g> and educators, the show brought together song, choreography, tableaus, and stories to take the audience through the world these young people inhabit and the more inclusive world that they dream of.
Tasawwur was started by <g data-gr-id="21">Delhi based</g> poet and educator, Aditi Rao. Tasawwur brings together a diverse group of teenagers to explore and transform some of the most complex social issues they grapple with. Using creative writing and performing arts to support these young people on their explorations, Tasawwur helps them discover their unique voices and stories, while creating an atmosphere of care and respect for the voices and stories of others, and ultimately using their collective voice to effect positive change in the world.