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Date(s) - 10/12/2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Bharat Bhavan


Alliance Francaise de Trivandrum In association with Government of Kerala, Bharat Bhavan & The Annette Leday and Keli Company Presents Public Presentation of Work in Progress of S. THALA  (An Indian Suite) Inspired by French author Marguerite Duras By The Annette Leday/Keli company at Bharat Bhavan, Thycaud, Trivandrum.
Time :10th December 6.30 pm
Sthala (स्थल) sanskrit word meaning: a place, a spot, a room.
Writer, playwright, screenwriter and film director, Marguerite Duras (1914-1996) is one of the major female figures in the French artistic world. In her multiform corpus, the texts and films of the “Indian cycle” occupy a singular place. By revisiting Duras’ fantasized India and the very real one of the productions of our company, we decided to question the Durassian work in order to create a new piece nurtured by her organic literary writings.
The piece will revolve around a conversation between the performers about the person and the work of Marguerite Duras. Another textual dimension will be provided by a selection of short passages from Duras’ writing, the reading of which will accompany the dance. The danced modules will fit into both levels of text.
Without attempting to reproduce or illustrate the complex narrative patterns of Marguerite Duras’ texts, the choreography will evoke situations and characters emblematic of her fictional universe. The narrative will be based on selected passages in the works composing the “Indian cycle”, and more particularly in L’Amour, whose fragmented writing and almost anonymous characters echo non-linear choreographic writing.
A man—the traveler—arrives in the seaside town of S. Thala with the intent to abandon his present, and instead finds himself abruptly reintroduced to his past. Through his subsequent interactions with “her,” the woman to whom he was briefly engaged as a young man over twenty years ago, and “him,” the man who walks and keeps watch over “her,” the traveler is soon drawn back in and acclimated to the strange timelessness and company that is S. Thala.
Written in a stark and cinematic narrative style, this sequel to Duras’s 1964 novel The Ravishing of Lol Stein is a curious, yet haunting representation of the human memory: what we choose to recall, what we choose to forget, and how reliable we ultimately decide ourselves to be.
Some passages from India Song, the Ravishing of Lol V. Stein, the Vice Consul and the Lady of the Ganges will also be remembered.
The quotes chosen will be said by Les Voix in the manner of Marguerite Duras’ films.
The physical indications contained in the texts will be developed and extrapolated.
“The body gets carried away, remembers, dances under the dictate of music, devours, burns, is crazy with happiness, dances, burns, burns through the night of S. Thala. Just a few seconds. It stops. He’s stopped. He’s not moving. He no longer sings, he looks around for the external event that interrupted the dance, the singing, he looks for what happened, seized by a vertigo that only he suffers.” L’Amour.
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