“it is a spectacle full of surprises…a joyful, funny show, even as it collides with the evil of our world…It is theater as Mnouchkine likes it: alive, dynamic, colorful, sung–danced, corporal and stylized”
“a sprawling affair, by turns dynamic and chaotic, naive and stirring, torn between fraternal ideals and a growing sense of powerlessness.”
—The Financial Times, UK
What is the role of theater and art in a world dominated by terrorism and hostility? This is the central question at the heart of A Room in India (”Une chambre en Inde”), the latest epic by the matriarch of exploratory French theater Ariane Mnouchkine and her company Théâtre du Soleil. After astonishing Armory audiences with their two-part work Les Éphémères—“steady stream that ultimately opens out into a vista of beauty both humble in its mundane details and immense in its emotional impact” (The New York Times)—in 2009, this visionary collective returns for the North American premiere of this landmark new work, following the adventures of a touring French theater company stranded in India without a director while the world around them falls into disarray.
Performed by 35 multinational actors, this tour-de-force transcends Eastern and Western drama and features a special performance of Terukkuttu—a traditional form of theater practiced in South India. The production touches on pressing issues that societies around the globe are currently facing, from terrorism and religious extremism to climate change and gender equality. The end result is a manifesto of the power of theater to heal a community, as well as an exploration of how to talk about the chaos of a world that has become incomprehensible.
Performed in French, English, and Tamil, along with some Arabic, Japanese, Russian; English supertitles are presented throughout.
A production of Théâtre du Soleil, adapted by Park Avenue Armory
A collective creation by the Théâtre du Soleil
Directed by Ariane Mnouchkine
Music by Jean-Jacques Lemêtre
Together with Hélène Cixous
With the exceptional participation of Kalaimamani Purisai Kannappa Sambandan Thambiran
A Room in India is supported in part by the Howard Gilman Foundation.
Image: © Michele Laurent
Select Dates at 7:00pm
Wade Thompson Drill Hall
Tickets start at $45
This performance is approximately 3 hours and 35 minutes with a 20 minute intermission.
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