Resistance Posts

“Daughters Opera” (World Premiere), New Delhi: 3 – 5 Jan 2020

Daughters Opera is an inter-cultural contemporary performance work that brings women from diverse backgrounds, cultures and languages in a cross-artform setting.

The opera invites an audience to a conversation about systemic violence and the globally shared experience of women and girls who have undergone trauma and resistance. The performance of the all-female cast aims to address the ongoing everyday acts of gender violence, such as forced labour, infanticide, and injury alongside the expressive form of Portuguese fado music, and live experimental electronics.

Daughters Opera is directed by Anuradha Kapur with libretto written by Tammy Brennan. Music composed by David Chisholm and scenography by Deepan Sivaraman. Movement language and choreography by Victoria Hunt.

Tammy Brennan, Producer and Librettist, Daugthers Opera

Daughters Opera is performed by: Shilpika Bordoloi, Persephone Brennan, Samara Chopra, Aivale Cole, Bhumisuta Das, Melodi Dorcas, Uma Katju, Aashima Mahajan, Kimberly Rodrigues, Ritika Singh and Vanessa Varghese, and Purnima Yengkokpam.

Musicians: Eduardo Baltar Soares, Miranda Hill and Mauricio Carrasco. Live Electronics: Marco Cher-Gibard.

Devising of Hindi Text: Geetanjali Shree. Costume: Marty Jay. Lighting Design: Ben Hughes; Production Dramaturgy: Purav Goswami; Film and Video Design: Kate Blackmore and Midhun Mohan. Production Manager: Taha Abdul Majeed. Scenography Fabrication: Sarthak Narula and Ujjwal Kumar.

The opera is produced by Tammy Brennan and is a direct call to action to address Safety for Women worldwide, and is part of a larger social activism artwork, The Daughters Opera Project.

The world premiere is at The Black Box, Okhla, New Delhi from 3- 5 Jan 2020. For more information, please contact, Tammy Brennan, Producer and Librettist: tammybrennan@gmail.com .

19 Dec 2019

“The Bicycle Spy” & “Brave Like My Brother”

Of late there has been an increase in the amount of historical fiction set during the second world war by contemporary writers. These are two wonderful examples. The Bicycle Spy introduces young readers to the Resistance and German occupation of France. It is a story told from the perspective of a young boy who discovers his classmate is a Jew from Paris and needs protection. With the help of his parents he sets out on his mission. Likewise Brave Like My Brother is about a young American soldier who is recruited and within three days packed off to England and later, France. The story is told via letters he exchanges with his younger brother. As the writer says he did take some creative license to tell it but it’s embedded in facts such as Eisenhower’s visit to the Allied troops in Europe and the use of inflatable armoured vehicles to be used as decoy before D-day.

Both the books, published by Scholastic, are immensely readable and a great way to introduce children to different aspects of the war. Now for similar yalit fiction about conflict situations in other geographies.

17 February 2017 

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