Gates to India Song
“A theatrical journey through Marguerite Duras approach to love and desire”
9th March to 13th March 2013, Everyday at 7pm
At the Residence of the French Ambassador, New Delhi
Gates To India Song is a unique theatrical experience that journeys through two works of one of the most important French authors of the 20th Century: Marguerite Duras. For the first time on the eve of celebrating the centenary of her birth, the India dreamt in The Vice-Consul and India Song by the author of Hiroshima mon amour meets the reality of India through the embodiment of Indian actors. It’s a story of a love lived in an India of the 1930’s, fixed in the climax of passion, where, at a reception of an imagined French Embassy in Calcutta, a cursed Vice-Consul screams his love for Anne-Marie Stretter.
In this world premiere, French director Eric Vigner – continuing his highly acclaimed and inspired stage work with Duras’ writing – unites a new generation of Indian theatre artists, inviting the exceptionally talented Nandita Das to take possession of the spirit of Anne-Marie Stretter – the ultimate Durassian heroine who travels through the writer’s body of work, from book to book, play to play, film to film.
This distinctive project is an exclusive idea born for Bonjour India, where theatrical form is inspired by different locales, creating four unique shows in all three cities: the Prithvi Theatre and NCPA in Mumbai, a site-specific piece in the courtyard of Tagore House in Kolkata, and a promenade piece at the residence of the French Ambassador in New Delhi.