Abhishek Thapar (Moga | Amsterdam)
08.11. 17:30 – 18:20
09.11. 15:00 – 15:50
09.11. 18:30 – 19:20
entrance € 7,00 | reduced € 5,00
English with German supertitles
In what ways can you access your past and family history if these are inextricably linked with violent conflicts and collective traumas? In the Punjab Region, where Abhishek Thapar grew up, experiences of resettlement, displacement, violence and loss have left their mark on everyday life ever since the region was affected by the division of the Indian sub-continent into the nations of India and Pakistan in 1947. In 1984 the region became embroiled in a bloody conflict between Khalistan militants and the Indian military, which resulted in a pogrom against the civilian population. With his parents and his sister, Abhishek Thapar fled his homeland into oblivion. For MY HOME AT THE INTERSECTION, the family travelled back to their former place of residence for the first time – a house that had disappeared a long time ago, a place they all thought they had forgotten. In his narrative performance, characterised by an astounding ease, Thapar connects the filmic documentation of this return with different objects and materials, taking a small circle of audience members with him into a contradictory past.
By and with Abhishek Thapar Dramaturgical Support Maria Rössler, Divya Nadkarni Advisor Floris van Delft, Jeroen Fabius Camera Sahib Gill Film Editing Jeanette Groenendaal, Rinku Kalsy Music Kabeer Kathpalia Costumes Loise Braganza Primary Research Abhishek Thapar, Swati Simha In the video Venu Thapar, Dr. Shveta Grover, Ashok Thapar Subtitles Yvonne Griesel
Abhishek Thapar, born 1985 in Moga, is a theatre maker, performer, puppeteer and artist currently based in Amsterdam. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Physical Theatre from LISPA, London and a Master in Theatre degree from DAS Theatre, Amsterdam. Currently, he is building an artistic research and practice in post-colonial epistemologies, historiographic metafiction and storytelling.
Realization funded by Nederlands Fonds voor Podiumskunsten