Erendira is the story of a young girl who inadvertently sets fire to the
huge mansion belonging to her grandmother, a former prostitute. The grandmother,
wishing to recover her loss begins to prostitute her granddaughter. The
story takes on the characteristics of a bizarre fairy tale, with the evil
grandmother forcing her Cinderella-like granddaughter to sell her body.
They travel all over for several years, with men lining up for miles to
Erendira falls in love with Ulysees. She decides she has had enough. After
an aborted attempt to escape from her grandmother’s clutches with her lover,
she suggests to Ulysees that he kill the grandmother. He tries to poison
the grandmother with arsenic in a birthday cake, but she survives this
and continues to dominate. Finally, Erendira’s lover stabs the grandmother
to death. By the time he regains his composure, Erendira has fled.
In The Indian
draws parallels between Marquez’s ’magical realism’ and the folk
tales and myths of Rajasthan, which also have the strange quality and sensuality
that is seen in Marquez. In production, there is a unique blend of
rhythms, movement, costumes and performance style that creates links between
India and Latin America that paves the way for the blending of different
cultures, and becomes a significant inter-cultural experience.
as a Rajasthani tale enacted by 6 female and 1 male actors, the production
employs music, dance, puppets and masks in order to capture the strange,
haunting and mystical quality of Marquez’s story of a woman’s articulation
of her experience. In trying to evoke the ‘magic realism’ of Marquez in
theatrical terms, the structure of the performance is both fluid and non-linear.
Taking its inspiration from both the Colombian ‘carnival’ where identities
are suspended for a night of irreverent bacchanalias, as well as the trance-like
rituals performed at Indian shrines where the ‘victim’ suspends his/her
identity and is “possessed” by another – the production meshes both cultural
ethos’ into a single celebratory performance. This allows for the playing
out of Erendira’s traumatic experience.
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