Mallika Taneja Do You Know This Song?
Using puppets and harmonium, Mallika sings about a present past and a near-forgotten future.
Following the premiere of the digital version of Allegedly in December 2020, Mallika Taneja's work can finally be experienced live at Beursschouwburg.
In the second part of a trilogy about grief and mourning, Mallika Taneja dives deep into the past, searching for a voice that was lost many years ago. In the process, they also find their own voice, and learning to sing, paint a portrait of gender relations in India.
With puppets, a harmonium and a microphone, Do You Know This Song? re-members a past that keeps trying to speak to a present. The piece explores the potential of song to retrieve, hold and transform memories and loss into a larger shared space. The artist sings and invites people to join her.
in Hindi and English with subtitles in English
Mallika Taneja lives and works in New Delhi, India. In her performances, installations and curatorial works, she deals with questions of gender, solidarity, silence and memory. She is particularly interested in the political possibilities of a performative ensemble and the role that songs play in leaving and collecting traces of people, places and things. Her works and collaborative spaces include Be Careful, Allegedly, Rest of the Struggle and Women Walk at Midnight. She was awarded the ZKB Acknowledgment Prize for 'Be Careful' in 2015 and the ZKB Patronage Prize for 'Allegedly' in 2021 at Zürcher Theaterspektakel. In autumn 2021, Beursschouwburg produced and presented the digital version of her piece Allegedly live on Zoom.
Performance, Design, Direction - Mallika Taneja
Dramaturgy & doll design - Hansa Thapliyal
Light Design, scenography - Sangeet Shrivastava
Music Guide - Bindhumalini N
Sound - Chayan Adhikari
Text Collaborator - Rajesh Nirmal
Production and doll makers - Aman Mohammadi, Drishti Chawl
Co-production - WEB network (La Maison de la danse CDCN Uzès Gard Occitanie, WPZimmer, Beursschouwburg, Black Box Teater, Tanzquartier Wien, Frascati Productions, LES SUBS - Lyon, Points communs - Nouvelle Scène nationale de Cergy-Pontoise / Val d’Oise); Kaserne Basel, Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Nationaltheater Mannheim
The work has been developed at Shed 9, New Delhi and Sahyande Theatre, Attapadi.
Image by Hansa Thapliyal