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Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Produced by Improper Fractions in association with Instituto Cervantes, Delhi

A Theatrical adaptation of the novella by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A solo show directed, performed and designed by Manjari Kaul.

The piece was commissioned by Instituto Cervantes, New Delhi.

A small town witnesses one of its grandest weddings. The night of the wedding, the bride groom rejects the young girl he married; a murder follows, but this narrative is no thriller. Before the crime is even committed, the town knows the where, when and why of it all. The story is of the community’s collective guilt; “honour is love” —that’s what they all said. The performance is an unusual
combination of the use of storytelling technique and characters' first person
accounts that are sometimes varying, some similar, some shaky, at times minutely detailed and some fading recollections of the honour killing. As the characters strain their memory or pour out a still open wound from the murder, the shadowy recounting of the past in Garcia Marquez's epic narrative reveals itself in magical and fantastic visuals.

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