This new work from Théâtre du Soleil follows the adventures of a touring French theater company stranded in India without a director while the world around them falls into disarray. More…
What is the role of theater and art in a world dominated by terrorism and hostility? Performed by 35 multinational actors, this show explores 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 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.
See it if ...you want to see recent work from an acknowledged master of world theater, or if you're interested in the interaction between East & West.
Don't see it if ...you have a short attention span, or speak no French & hate having to read surtitles to understand what is going on.
See it if you like your theatre messy and chaotic. However, it is both visually and orally stunning.
Don't see it if long evenings in the theatre isn't your thing. Many walkouts at the intermission.
See it if Have never seen them before. Cleverly staged and lots of ideas
Don't see it if Want something not 4 hours long - why was that? Too many ideas and not much developed.
See it if you like to see a show that is very funny, with political references, good singing, dancing and costumes.
Don't see it if you don't like long shows.
See it if You like challenging theater that asks is theater relevant? Can you make fun of terrorists? Does Terukkutu still have the power to move us?
Don't see it if You aren't willing to spend 4 hours reading subtitles and listening to foreign actors struggle with English in a loosely structured format.
See it if You are a fan of Mnouchkine's Theatre du Soleil which specializes in a unique brand of spectacle, here with a multi-global troupe of actors.
Don't see it if you object to fragmented, episodic material about the meaning of theater in world's current state and historically-must like Indian music.
See it if you find Mnouchkine's theatre essential, haunting & possesses cumulative power; you appreciate epic scale and South Asian traditional forms
Don't see it if questions of cultural appropriation preoccupy you: company of 36, representing 26 nationalities, blithely traverse various genres and forms
See it if for political and social themes, imaginatively handled
Don't see it if lengthy productions and titles (and sometimes not) are tiring for you
See it if You like experimental theater, like Indian music and cultural intrigue
Don't see it if You hate sitting through four hours of spiraling confusion. Edgy and fascinating for just so long. A nightmare to behold
See it if you like cirque du soleil, colorful costumes, and busy stage.
Don't see it if you like to have a plot to follow. Also, if you are annoyed by cultural stereotypes this show has a plenty.
See it if You know the Mahabarata and would appreciate a pastiche of visions about Indian, Japanese and Western theatrical traditions. Love Mnouchkine
Don't see it if You don't have patience for deliberately disconnected scenes and repetitions. Couldn't tolerate four hours without much of a narrative line.
See it if With the reputation of the Director that I expected better. Great India Epic stories but also the usual suspects of the Muslims. Go figure.
Don't see it if You want linear story and the dream sequences kept on interrupting by the phone rings and bathroom breaks.
See it if you have never seen a piece by Ariane Mnouchkine and the Théátre du Soleil
Don't see it if you've seen Mnouchkine's previous work. This production is a compendium of retreads of world theater techniques she has borrowed before
See it if You are interested in devised theater and orientalism [sic]. The Indian dance theater sections are amazing, the cast extremely talented.
Don't see it if You're enraged by the enduring racism of fancy European directors.
See it if you like social commentaries, slapstick, reflection on the creative process, traditional Indian dance, experimental theater.
Don't see it if you don't like experimental theater, you want a story that is more profound.