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Date(s) - 24/04/2014
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Goethe Institute, Max Muller Bhavan


 Homage to Marguerite Duras on her birth centenary

affiche bengale & chandigarh copyThe French theatre company Compagnie du Barrage and the Alliance française du Bengale present, on the occasion of the birth centenary of Marguerite Duras, the theatre play Le Vice-consul [the Vice-Consul], adapted, produced and performed by Maud Andrieux.


Marguerite Donnadieu, known as Marguerite Duras ( 4 April 1914 –  3 March 1996), was a French writer and film director. She was born in  Saigon after her parents responded to a campaign by the French government encouraging people to work in the colony. Duras’ early novels were fairly conventional in form; however, with Moderato Cantabile she became more experimental, paring down her texts to give ever-increasing importance to what was not said. She was associated with the Nouveau roman (French literary movement) although she did not belong definitively to any group.

Vice-consulThe Vice-Consul is a bleak, enigmatic novel. Set in the steamy monsoon heat of Kolkata, it brings together three suffering characters. There is Anne-Marie Stretter, beautiful wife of the French ambassador, seeking the love of younger men as if desperate for a carefree youth she never had. One of those men who falls for her is the former Vice-Consul of Lahore, an awkward, solitary man prone to violent, irrational rages. And there is a mysterious Cambodian beggar woman whose presence in India intrigues the Europeans, just as the woman herself seems drawn to them.


Adaptation, staging and performance: Maud Andrieux
Artistic adviser and scenography: Frédéric Paquet
Literary adviser: Stéphane Boudy
Light : Frédéric Paquet
Sound : Cie du Barrage
Photography: Sylvain Norget