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A Bouquet of Feminist, Humanistic Tales

Alliance Francaise de Bangalore (in association with Ahum and Theatre Nisha) is hosting a festival of five one-woman plays from July 31.

Published: 23rd July 2015 12:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd July 2015 12:54 AM   |  A+A-

Alliance Francaise de Bangalore (in association with Ahum and Theatre Nisha) is hosting a festival of five one-woman plays from July 31. Here is the schedule

The Peacock Prince

The Peacock Prince chronicles the journey of Amba, who after being rejected by Bhishma for marriage, vows to kill him. Shiva, impressed by her earnest pleas, blesses her with the fulfilment of her desire in her next birth. Reborn as Shikhandi to Drupad, the daughter is raised as a son till she meets the Yaksha, with whom she exchanges genders. The epic battle of Kurukshetra then witnesses Shikhandi, as the son of Drupad, fighting for the Pandavas and ultimately facilitating the death of Bhishma. The course of the fulfilment of Amba’s vow through birth, rebirth and sexual transformation is conceptualised as a dance-dialogue that seamlessly amalgamates the spoken word with Bharatanatayam to highlight the multitude of sensibilities of the character

Actor: Anuradha Venkataraman

Script, design and direction:

V.Balakrishnan

Language: English

Duration: 70 mins

Date: July 31

Time: 7: 30 pm

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Mata Hari

This is the retelling of the controversial tale of Mata Hari, an exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy during the First World War. She was eventually executed by a firing squad in France under charges of espionage for Germany. The script written by V. Balakrishnan, has been inspired by several biographies written on the cult figure, one of them being the bestseller, Femme Fatale: Love, Lies and the Unknown Life of Mata Hari by Pat Shipman.

Actor: Shakthi Ramani

Script, design and direction: V.Balakrishnan

Language: English

Duration: 70 mins

Date: August 1

Time: 7:30 pm

 

Apradhini

Apradhini is a narration of four stories from ‘Apradhini: Women Without Men, written by Shivani Gaura Pant (translated into English by Ira Pande). The stories are real-life experiences of the author with women who have been imprisoned and given life sentences for crimes that include murder, dacoity and armed robbery. As an invitee to one of the prisons on the occasion of Holi, she journals the tales of the women she meets.

Actor: Meera Sitaraman

Design and direction: V.Balakrishnan

Language: English

Duration: 70mins

Date: August 2

Time: 7:30 pm

 

Amrapali

Amrapali was the most famous woman of her times .The state's courtesan who entertained men at her house with dance and music and poetry. At a time when Magadha, Vaishali, Kaushambi, Gandhara and Kosala were fighting for supremacy, Gautama Buddha and Mahavira were advocating a fresh path of life. And then Amrapali and Buddha met.

Actor: Janani Narasimhan

Script, design and direction:

V.Balakrishnan

Language: English

Duration: 70mins

Date: August 1

Time: 5:30 pm

 

Singarevva And The Palace

Singarevva and the Palace written by Chandrashekhara Kambara is a story set in a village in North Karnataka. It is the tale of a beautiful woman whose life is repeatedly commodified and manipulated by her greedy father, an impotent husband and an obsessive lover. Her desire to be a wife and a mother is never fulfilled, while she faces public humiliation for her supposed barrenness. A lifetime of disappointments and frustrations make Singarevva a bitter woman who finds her own way to exact revenge on her abusers.

Actor: Taruna Jamalamadaka

Direction: V.Balakrishnan

Language: English

Duration: 70 mins

Date: August 2

Time: 5:30 pm



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