Zuleikha Chaudhari is a theatre director and lighting designer based in Delhi. Her works shift between theatre and installation. Her ongoing research considers the structures and codes of performance as well the function and processes of the actor as reality and truth production.
Her current research uses archival documents (texts and photographs) to develop theatrical performances as a way of thinking about the relationship between the production of memory, the role of the archive and how that pertains to the retrieval and reliving of an event. These works use a combination of reportage, portraiture, documentary, and fiction – the editing, re-interpretation and re-positioning of speculative ideas, opinions, beliefs and anecdotes towards the production of new narratives is central to these investigations about the relationship between history and theatre.
2015 onwards she has been exploring the framework of law as performance, the role of performance in law and the performativity of legal truth-production. Her works have been shown at the Weiner Festwochen, Kunsten FestivaldesArts, Festival D’Automne, Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Asian Performing Arts Festival, Tokyo, Berlin Biennale, Kochi Biennale, Dhaka Art Summit, INSERT2014, New DelhiChronus Art Centre, Shanghai, Essl Museum, Vienna, “ IFA GALLERIES, Stuttgart and Berlin, Johannesburg Art Gallery etc.