- Language: NON VERBAL (INCLUDES AN AUDIO RECORDED POEM TOWARDS THE END OF THE PLAY)
- City / State: Delhi
- Directed By: VICTOR THOUDAM AND BIMAL SUBEDI
- Produced By: SERENDIPITY ARTS, AKHOKA THEATRE
THE DEPARTED DAWN
This is a performance influenced by the forcefully displaced global refugee crisis that takes cue from the plight of the Nepali-speaking Bhutanese refugees called the Lhotsampas. The play begins with a journey that seeks a place called home and slowly delves into the process of building a conducive environment through hardship and struggle. Eventually, a home is born only to confront a time when it faces sinister external forces again. The failure to defend one’s home forces its inhabitants out of it, falling prey to brute force. Ar life’s crossroads, when memories are overwhelming, the idea of returning home becomes impossible as everything has been burned to ashes.
This performance attempts to explore the correlation between the displaced body and space. It tries to explore the physical vocabularies of the body in adverse times and situations. When your home becomes a fragmented disjointed image and (you are) unable to put the pieces back together, the displaced body becomes a reference for oppression. The performance tries to explore, through the lines and curves of the body, when a body is displaced without a border or a destination. It seeks two different texts - the spoken and the physical and the juxtaposition of these two to create a third text. The Departed Dawn is a creative response to a time when we are constantly living in an environment where violence has become a normal and regular phenomenon.