Written by Joe Martin
Directed by Vinita Sud Belani
Music Composer Randy Armstrong
Fri, April. 7th – 8 PM | Sat, April 8th – 2 PM and 6 PM | Sun, April 9th 2017 – 2 PM and 6 PM
Location: DeAnza Visual and Performing Arts Center, Cupertino, CA
‘The universe is made of sound.
There is no solid matter. Nothing apparently solid lasts. Everything is made of waves.’
– Joe Martin, SoundWaves: The Passion of Noor Inayat Khan
SoundWaves: The Passion of Noor Inayat Khan chronicles the complex life of Noor alias Nora alias Madeleine. Trained by Britain as an Allied Special Operations Executive and sent into occupied France, Noor, a Muslim Indian living in Paris, became the first female radio operator during the Second World War. On September 13, 1944, she was shot at a camp in Dachau, Germany, after being captured and severely tortured. Britain posthumously awarded her the George Cross, and unveiled a bronze bust of Noor in London, the first memorial in Britain to either a Muslim or an Asian woman, while France awarded her the Croix de Guerre. Noor Inayat Khan was also commemorated on a stamp issued by the Royal Mail. Through nuanced storytelling and compelling dance performances, this play captures the waves her story leaves behind in this universe ‘made of sound’.
With a mission to bring quality South Asian themed stories to universal audiences, while offering a talent development platform where theatre professionals work with aspiring amateurs to foster the growth of local performing talents, Enacte Arts presents to you SoundWaves: The Passion of Noor Inayat Khan, which is still as socio-politically relevant as it was during Second World War. While depicting courage, resilience and most importantly, love, Noor’s story inspires moral integrity in the face of adversity and large-scale political conflicts.
Noor Inayat Khan: Akaina Ghosh
Leo Marks: Sean Thornton
Maurice Buckmaster, SS Officer at Dachau: Jack Knutson
Hazrat Inayat Khan: S.Suresh
Amina Begum: Noreen T. Raza
Vilayat Inayat Khan: Kaushik Shirhatti
Hidiyat Inayat Khan: Ayush Mathur
Goldberg,Valentin, Guard at Dachau: François-Fabien Ferhani
Henri Garry, Ernest Vogt, Bertrand: Joseph Rios
Renee Garry, Prisoner 2: Sandrine Ribeau
Raymonde Prenat, Prisoner 3: Alejandra Leon
Marguerrite Garry, Prisoner 1, Maitresse d’ 1: Lauren Ackley
Pierre Cartaud, Maitresse d’ 2: Jonathan Roth
Instructor, at SOE headquarters: Elizabeth Finkler
Claire Kharunissa: Neoli Das
Stage Manager: Pratiksha Shah
Dramaturg: Sukanya Chakrabarti
Projectionist: Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Dance Choreographer: Maria Basile
Light Designer: Ira Jones
Props Manager: Sushma Kaul Roy
Costume Designer: Sara Alix
Make-up Artist: Jeshka Bodyart
A special Art show ‘Synthesis’ by Premila Singh at SoundWaves from April 7-9
Premila Singh, a self-taught artist who started painting very early in life, as young as 5 years old. Her interests were indulged by her mother and she won a first prize for self-portraiture by Femina at 11 years of age.
Premila lived and worked in South Africa from 1994 for over two decades where her artwork got strongly influenced by African imagery and vibrant colors. She subsequently painted sceneries and did a lot of figurative work while experimenting with mixed media.
In 2007, she moved back to India to live and work. Her work has reflected a myriad of exposures and moved from realism to concentrating on abstract works which is a present reflection. In the course of her exposure as an artist she has exhibited nationally and internationally.
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