In this intimate and charming performance, Abhishek Thapar takes us back to the conflict in the Indian province of Punjab, where his family lost their house. In the performance personal memories or three generations in his family with the many official versions of this piece of history. It starts with a reminder of how his family has helped him as a superhero in the lead. On the basis of this innocent act he shows us a bloody reality.
The past comes to life through his use of video, stories and the flavors he has brought with him from the kitchen of his grandfather.
About the Artist:
Abhishek Thapar (1985, Moga) is a theater maker, performer, puppeteer and artist currently based in Amsterdam. He holds a post-graduate degree in Physical Theater from LISPA, London and a Master in Theater degree from DAS Theater, Amsterdam. Currently, he is building an artistic research and practice in post-colonial epistemologies, historiographic metafiction and storytelling.
Written and Performed by Abhishek Thapar
along with Venu Thapar, Dr. Shveta Grover and Ashok Thapar
Produced by DAS Theater, Amsterdam and Amsterdam Fringe Festival
Dramaturgical Support: Maria Roessler
Text Advice: Divya Nadkarni
Advisors: Floris of Delft and Jeroen Fabius
Cinematographer: Sahib Gill
Film Editing: Jeanette Groenendaal and Rinku Kalsy
Music Composition: Kabeer Kathpalia
Costumes: Loise Braganza
Primary Research: Swati Simha and Abhishek Thapar
With contributions from: Dr. Sudha Thapar, Dr. Neelu Koura, Dr. Pawan Thapar and Karan Special Thanks: Chandana Sarma, Arash Qajar, Amandeep Sandhu, Jimmy Grima, Barbara van Lindt, Juul Beeren, Vera van Baal, Martin Brans, Mirko Lazovic.