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Janaki Ranpura

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Many Voices Program 2011 //  Many Voices Program 2012 //  Many Voices Program 2013   

Janaki Ranpura is a playwright, performer, and public artist developing the interactions between human bodies and the spaces and objects that surround them. This manifests in large-scale civic spectacle, platforms for public dreaming, and participatory work for the stage. Janaki unites technology with the traditional tricks of puppet theater. She has designed and led parades in Taiwan, South Korea, and the United States. She is developing work this year as a Macdowell Colony fellow. She has received awards from many organizations, including the Playwrights' Center of Minneapolis (2011-13 Many Voices Fellow), Forecast Public Art (for The Movable City), the Henson Foundation (for research and production of "The God Box"), and a Citation of Excellence for her large-scale shadow theater piece "Lovesick Sea Play" from the international puppetry organization UNIMA. She has exhibited at Art Basel Parcours and the Walker Art Center with Pedro Reyes, and was a 2010 Artist on the Verge fellow through Steve Dietz's Northern Lights.MN. She trained with Larry Reed's company Shadowlight, at École Lecoq, and at Yale University.

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