French bridge to Indian theatre

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Festival of France

Bonjour India Festival 2013 brings out many exotic French experiences; one of them is Gates to India song co-produced by Institut Français en Inde and CDDB- Théâtre de Lorient in association with the network Alliances françaises in India. 

This show is a perfect blend of two works by one of the most important French writers of the twentieth century: Marguerite Duras. First work is the novel The Vice-Consul written in 1966 & second is the movie adopted from this novel: India Song. On the eve of celebrating the centenary of this great writer’s birth, Eric Vigner, a renowned French director will make the works on India by Marguerite Duras meet the reality of India through the embodiment of Indian actors.

Affiche du spectacle pour Mumbai

This play was originally commissioned by Peter Hall in 1972 in London and later it was turned into a film India Song which landed up in Cannes Film Festival. It depicts a story of a love lived in India of the 30’s where at the reception of an imagined French Embassy in Calcutta; the Vice Consul of France in Lahore  expresses his love for Anne-Marie Stretter, wife to the French ambassador. The Durasian protagonist heroine, Anne-Marie Stretter is the not just a character. She represents the universal phenomena of femininity. And the play is all about the love that exists between a feminine part and a masculine part of life. So this play is not just a casual love story, but a larger depiction of universal love.

Eric Vigner directs this show and brings out the best from our very own Nandita Das in the role of Anne-Marie Stretter and Suhaas Ahuja in the role of Vice Consul along with three other new generation Indian theatre makers: Subodh Maskara, Jim Sarbh and Neeraj Kabi.

This play will create four distinctive shows in three cities of its Indian tour in association with Alliance Française inIndia. The world premiere of this show will be held at Prithvi theatre and NCPA in Mumbai; later it will be performed as a site specific piece in the courtyard of historical Tagore House in Kolkata and the last, as a promenade piece at the French ambassador’s residence in Delhi.

Edited and Updated by Sanyogita Zadkar

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Directeur de publication : Délégation Générale de la Fondation Alliance Française en Inde et au Népal

Rédacteur en chef : Laurent Elisio Bordier

Rédacteur/Coordinateur national : Siddharth Bhatt

Rédacteurs, contributeurs : Guillaume, Abhirami, Alexandre, Chintan, Cléa, David, Eleonore, Elie, Kanika, Karine, Nita, Thomas, Malvika, Marie-Joëlle, Meera, Mayuri, Mitushi, Alice, Prutha, Romain, Ritika, Manas, Supriya ...