A MUSEUM (THEATRE) IN SRI LANKA © Alliance Française Sri Lanka

Fri, 01.07.2022 -
Sun, 03.07.2022

Kandy City Center

Participative Installation

Inspired by Heiner Müller’s play Hamlet-Machine
Conception Clyde Chabot

After its editions in Germany, France, India, Taiwan, Canada, Sweden, Korea, Cambodia, Romania and Bosnia, The Museum (theatre) opens its doors in Kandy from Friday July the 1st to Sunday July the 3rd at the Kandy City Center. 

This participative installation offers the opportunity to stage oneself in a political and poetical self-portrait, to experiment a creative process, to create a micro-fiction. It invites the public to be in line with larger History. On the border between theatre and visual art, this installation enables the participants to reveal their generosity and sensitivity. Above a gallery of individual portraits, appears collectively a state of a country, a region, a city. 

Conceived by French director Clyde Chabot, this project is inspired by Heiner Müllerʼs play Hamlet-Machine. This text is about the History of the 20th century and especially about the history of the communist dream and its collapse. The project is an attempt to include, in the lapse of a snapshot, each person’s individual story into the Great History and the present time.

Ein Museum (Theater) - Hamletmaschine © Un Musée (de théâtre)

In this theatrical and photographic installation, each visitor picks a historical photo from the 20th century up to today, with one or several word(s) taken from Heiner Müllerʼs play in German translated into Sinhala and Tamil languages, English, French. The chosen photo is projected behind the visitor as he poses in front of the camera alone or with his family with the selected word(s). Thus the visitors create their self-portrait, which is captured by a photographer.

The whole text of Hamlet-Machine is read by two local actors in Sinhala and Tamil languages and is recorded and broadcast in voice-over. People can listen with headphones to other languages versions: German, French, English, Chinese, Swedish, French Canadian, Korean, Khmer, Romanian, Bosnian. For each edition of the project, historical, social and artistic pictures are added to our photo album, made in partnership with the Nicéphore Niépce Museum – City of Châlon-sur-Saône, the Agence France Presse and local photographers.

Text: Hamlet-machine / Author: Heiner Müller / Translation: Navadharshani Karunaharan (Tamil) - Ashani Ranasinghe and Asoka de Zoysa (Sinhala)/ Conception: Clyde Chabot / Scenographic design: Annabel Vergne / Scenographic adaptation: Charlotte Arnaud / Photography: Palitha Handunge, Kaushalye Saminda Bandara, Dhanushka Kumarathunga & Indika Bandara / Voice-overs: Kaushalya Fernando and Murugesu Ajanthan/ Management: Clotilde Allard / Assistant producer: Cindy Oliveira /

La Communauté Inavouable warmly thanks photographers Ruvin de Silva, Tharmapalan Tilaxan, Marco Valle, Palitha Handunge, Chamara Piyasena and Jacques Soulié who agreed the use of their image as part of the installation.

The audience can see in the installation and on facebook the pictures which were taken on the spot, as well as those of previous sessions of the installation. The audience can also receive their picture by email by sending an email, indicating the date, the picture and the words chosen:  lacommunaute@inavouable.net


Friday 1st July:
9.30 am to 1 pm - performance : 10.30 am -

2 pm to 7.30 pm - performance : 6.30 pm

Saturday 2nd July:
10 am – 1pm
2pm – 7pm - performance : 5.30pm

Sunday 3rd July 2022:
10am – 1pm & 2pm-5pm - performance : 3.30pm

Supported by Alliance Française Kandy and Goethe-Institut Sri Lanka. 

Collaboration with Peradeniya University
Students and professors of the University will invest in the installation space to create, together with Clyde Chabot, a performance displaying the resonances of this play in Sri Lanka today.

Conception: Clyde Chabot, Priyantha Fonseka, Chamila Priyanka / Choreography: Sudesh Mantillake and Hasanthi Niriella / Music: Niroshi Senevirathne / Communication Assistant: Dinuki Panditharatne / Production Assistant: Pruthivi Tharaka Kalpadeep / Production Support: Uvasara Dissanayake and Anuradha Jayaweera / Technical Support: Nalin Wijesiri

Drama Performers: Lahiru Sudesh Priyankara, Krishmi Apsara, Bhathiya Rathnayake, Lakshika Uddeepa, Dinuki Panditharatne, Selvaraj Rajeew, Balendran Pradharini, Randika Rajapakshe, Chamodha Kumarasingha, Udeni Ellegala, Sanduni Chamishka Wanasinghe, Ayesha Malshani, Chiranthi Sanjana, Dharshani Kumari, Pruthivi Tharaka Kalpadeep, Sithari Kariyawasam, Sulakshani Weerasinghe.
Music Performers: Vidura Gunawardhane, Udeshika Swarnamali, Iman Manodya, Nimthara Jayasooriya
Dance and Percussion Performers: Sudesh Mantillake, Hasanthi Niriella and Kanchana Keerthirathne
Artist in the Installation Space: Manusha Sahanya Jayasinghe / Mediators: Dilanjana Madushan Pathirana, Teenavi De Silva (Sinhala), R. Thivya, M. Kopitha (Tamil), Keshala Perera, Rochana Jayasinghe (English).
Supporting Staff: Sunil Bandara, Deepani Herath

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