The Auroville Theatre Group has been performing in Auroville for about 25 years now. Many actors have come and gone: several have started their stage careers with the ATG. The theatre scene in Auroville being pretty fluid — actors work with more than one company, move around from show to show. One thing has remained constant: Jill Navarre, ATG artistic director. Ever since the first performance of ‘Waiting for Godot’, Jill has directed the ATG in its performances of the ‘Legend of the Kaliveli Siddha’, ‘The Greedy Man’, ‘Nishtha, or the Strange Disappearance of Margaret Woodrow Wilson’, ‘Sacrifice’, ‘Milarepa’ — to name a few.
The scripts are chosen for their beauty of language and depth of expression. We always ask the question, What does this story mean to us, here, now? So the plays that we choose should have some relevance to the Auroville experience, its multicultural, international aspect (actors and designers coming from different parts of the world) and should be connected in some way to what Auroville is all about – an expression of the search for human unity, its triumphs as well as its failures, man’s aspiration for progress, the evolution of consciousness, unity in diversity, our connection with the Divine.