New Article by Gautam Chakrabarti
Mnouchkine’s L’Indiade ou L’Inde de leurs Rêves (1987–1988), based on the learning experiences which Hélène Cixous – who wrote the play for and with her – and she had had in India during their stay and travels there, was an almost ground-breaking exploration of Indic motifs and stagement-configurations. The play will be viewed here from the perspective of ‘total theatre’, as also envisaged in the Nāṭyaśāstra. Finally, this paper will also seek to engage with theatrical and ritual boundaries in Mnouchkine’s work by looking at the reception of Indic forms of ritual-theatre in L’Indiade.
KEYWORDS: Nāṭyaśāstra, Ariane Mnouchkine, L’Indiade, Hélène Cixous, total theatre, hybridity, Théâtre du Soleil, ritual-theatre, Partition of India.
Chakrabarti, Gautam. "‘The Empire Floats Back’: Ariane Mnouchkine, her L’Indiade and the Nāṭyaśāstra." Cracow Indological Studies [italics], Vol. XX, No. 1 (2018), pp. 31–68.