Kwality Chai 2014 – 2017


click here for artist statement

 

Kwality Chai is a playful and subversive exploration of cultural imperialism in a distinctly Australian context. Set in an alternate reality in which India has taken over Australia, Kwality Chai stages a participatory performance that revolves around the making and serving of chai.

 

 

Kwality Chai
2017
Video
8:48 mins

 

Kwality People
2017
Video
9:00 mins

Kwality Times
2014
newspaper, ink

 

 

Kwality Cart
2014

Vintage hospital Guernsey, steel pots, steel kettles, gas burners, utensils, spices, tea, milk crates, gold paint

 

 

CREDITS

My gifted collaborators who enabled the realisation of this epic work are:

Kwality Chai & Kwality People
Producer and Drama Director: Shash Lall
Actors: Sharon Johal, Luke D’Emanuele, Dushan Philips,
Jan Di Pietro
Narration: Vinod Vijayan
Character development: Michael Warnock
Kwality Chai
Set design: Eugyeene Teh

Videography: James Wright
Chat Pat Radio & Atmos
Sound Design and installation: Byron Scullin

Kwality Times
Writing Aarti Betigeri & Sonia Nair

Editing: Annisa Dharma
Vox pops
Characters/voices: Mary Soderiou, Kavitha Reddy,
Indira Narayan, Clement Paliguru, KP Saratchandran

 

KWALITY ARCHIVE
2014-2107


This archive brings together a selection of development processes that went into creating the alternate reality. From the background narrative, to the creation of the characters, cafe scenarios, costumes, stage and logo design.

 

Kwality Lingo
Video
6:44 min 

 

Kwality Moments
Video
3:18 min

 

Chai Masters

 

Kwality Journal
Folder, paper, photographs, posters

Contents: Kwality Chai background narrative, rehearsal resources, “look book”, posters

POSTERS

 

 

GRANTS/SUPPORT

This work would not exist without the generous funding and support of:
The Australia Council for the Arts (OZCO)
City of Melbourne, Creative Victoria (formerly Arts Victoria)
The Besen Family Foundation
Creative Partnerships Australia
Metro