A lorry (truck) becomes the stage of a performance telling the stories of marginalized people using traditional performing art forms. Through participatory performances we raise awareness and initiate discussion about issues in the community.
Every Lorry Lolakku project has a team of artists from Katradi engaging with a community using dance, theater, photography and installation art to create the performance alongside them. We celebrate their spaces, record their experiences and build a unique performance on a truck that then travels to different communities to share their stories.
Lorry Lolakku 2016:
The Real Yama
In October 2016 during the Joy of Giving week (Daan Utsav), Katradi partnered with Arunodhaya Centre for Street and Working Children to create a performance with the boys from their shelter home in Korukkupet, Chennai.
Most of the boys are rag-pickers in the kilometer-long Korukkupet garbage dump and regularly use local drugs. Prolonged drug use by the boys and their parents has impacted the health of some, impaired speech of others, and above all created a violent atmosphere where they live.
The performance opened up strong discussions on how the boys see themselves, what they need to learn and what they want for their future. During our sessions the boys realized they wanted to talk about substance abuse - something which has affected them deeply. They created a performance out of their experiences and stories using Kattaikkuttu as the theatrical medium. The sets were built on a small lorry and the boys performed with a team of Kattaikkuttu artists through Korukkupet and Ennore.