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Staging of dance drama L' Homme Semence

Alliance Française de Trivandrum, in association with the embassy of France in India, presents the dance drama L' Homme Semence (The Seed Giver), adapted from the autobiography of a French villager named Violette Ailhaud.

In 1852, a village in the Basses-Alpes region of France was brutally deprived of men by the repression that followed the Republican uprising against the coup d'état of Napoleon III. Two years went by in complete isolation for the women of the village. They took a vow that if a man came, he would be their common husband. The women had thought of and planned out everything, except the possibility of falling in love.

The production of The Seed Giver came of an encounter between India-based French artistes, actor Anne Bressanges and dancer Nancy Boissel Cormier. The play is set in France but the artsistes have used references and movements borrowed from Indian classical dance so as to bring together the two cultures, which constitute their identity. Props are by Marie de la Bellière, and music is by Souri Rajan. Subtitles in English will be projected over head during the presentation. The event is on March 18 at Vyloppilli Samskriti Bhavan. Contact: 2320666

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