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Shakuntala 117, A Remembrance of Love


Shakuntala 117, A Remembrance of Love
Camille Claudel was an extraordinary French sculptor. She was a student, lover and co-worker of Auguste Rodin. She left behind a memorable personal story. It is especially Camille’s sculptures that testify about her life. The words in letters and testimonies have time and again drawn our gaze back to her sculptures, which she mainly named after symbolic and mythical personalities in whom she recognized her own feelings.
One of Camille’s sculptures is titled after the mythical story from the Mahābhārata: Shakuntala. Around the year 300, the greatest Indian playwright Kalidasa used this story as a basis for today’s most famous ancient Indian lyrical and epic drama Shakuntala, which talks about love and abandonment. The analysis of sculptures through actions inspired in us feelings which we have rooted in our own experiences through improvisations. The sculptures have been recast, they have taken over new compositions, they have started to walk and talk, and now they are acting out a new story titled Shakuntala 117, in some kind of a studio. A Remembrance of Love; a hybrid of Kalidasa’s Shakuntala, Camille and Auguste’s relationship and our own personal experience with falling in love, being in love and being abandoned.

Authors: the creators of the performance inspired by the themes and motifs of Kalidasa’s Shakuntala, works of Camille Claudel and letters by Auguste Rodin
The creative team: Kaja Lorenci, Urška Taufer, Gregor Luštek, Miha Nemec, Žan Perko, Nejc Valenti
Director: Miha Nemec
Dramaturgy: Nejc Valenti
Costume design: Bjanka Adžić Ursulov
Scene design: Miha Nemec
Music (Glasba za Guni in Šruti): Žan Perko
Executive producer: Žiga Predan
Production: AGRFT, Teater na konfini