Sankar Venkateswaran
India / Sri Lanka | Theatre

My Name Is Tamizh


The latest work by Indian director Sankar Venkateswaran is celebrating its premiere at the Theaterfestival. It sees performers engage in a seemingly open exchange while navigating the complex terrain of the memories and eyewitness accounts of Tamil people from Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka. They are centred around the burning of the Jaffna Public Library in 1981, which marked the start of a civil war. In an intensely playful manner, the performance attempts to expose the nexus between language, power and terror.

Team & Credits
Performance text collaboratively created by Nicholas Kirutharshan, Kavita Srinivasan, Sankar Venkateswaran and Leow Puay Tin
Direction: Sankar Venkateswaran
Performers: Nicholas Kirutharshan, Kavita Srinivasan, Sankar Venkateswaran
Text curation: Leow Puay Tin
Scenography: Jean-Guy Lecat
Production: Satoko Tsurudome
Co-produced by Theaterfestival Basel and SPIELART Theaterfestival
Supported by Goethe-Institut Sri Lanka and Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore

Photo: Robert Nickelsberg / Getty Images
Fri 26.8. > 7 pm
Sat 27.8. > 7 pm
junges theater basel
Duration: around 70 minutes
Language: English and Tamil with German and English translation
Tickets: CHF 35/20 (plus advance booking fee)
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