Allegedly

Mallika Taneja

  • Live Performance
  • Duration: 90mins
  • Ticket Price: R40.00
  • Date: July 24, 2021 17:00

Allegedly seeks to spark conversations at the intersection of sexual violence, justice and our personal predicaments. Using personal stories, experiences and musings, the piece asks questions about the systems that govern us and the semantics that carry out that governance. Built as an ‘ongoing discussion’ — a work forever in progress — Allegedly opens up the contradictions, confusions and irregularities of our own behaviour, while engaging the audience in the questions and negotiations, the piece seeks to implicate their thoughts and decisions in the direction the play takes, trying to ‘make sense of it all’. Or at least the closest we can get to!
The piece was first commissioned by Zubaan, an independent feminist publishing house based in New Delhi, as part of their project ‘Stepping Stones’, that looked at sexual violence and impunity all over India. The piece has been performing ‘work in progress’ shows in universities and other contexts in India since 2018. Now, Allegedly has been reimagined for ‘touring’ as a Live interactive performance online, and with a change in its form, it is also experiencing a redefining of the show’s relationship with its performers, audiences and the spaces it occupies and creates online.

CREDITS

Performed by: Aditee Biswas & Mallika Taneja
with
Aman Mohammadi
Anahita Sarabhai
Bonita Rajpurohit
Deepshikha Mishra
Dipali
Drishti Chawla
Gunjan Gupta
Hansa Thapliyal
Katyayini Pant
Neelambari Bhattacharya
Ritika Singh
Simrat Harvind
Tanima

Thinley Chodon

Design and Direction: Mallika Taneja

Production Manager: Meghna Singh Bhadauria
Executive Producer: Khoya Paya
Scripting Associate: Rajesh Nirmal with Meghna Singh Bhadauria
Music: Samar Grewal
Project Advisor – Hansa Thapliyal
Legal Advisor: Mini Saxena, The Consent Project

Rehearsal Director for Chorus: Anahita Sarabhai
Chorus Developed with Dipali, Eeshta Malhotra, Neelambari Bhattacharya and Tanima.

The piece was first commissioned by Zubaan, an independent feminist publishing house, as
part of their project ‘Stepping Stones’, that looked at sexual violence and impunity all over
India. The adapted version of Allegedly has been co-produced by Beursschouwburg Brussels,
Kunstencentrum Vooruit Ghent, and Khoya Paya.

Production Gallery

Red Bra by Meghna Singh

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Mallika Taneja is a Delhi-based theatre artist. Her work focuses at the intersections of body, cities and gender. Prior to “Allegedly”, her work, “Be Careful”, performed across India and internationally over the past five years. Other recent works include “Zanana ka Zamana” (Time of the Femme), built during the country-wide anti CAA movement, and “Aksar, Yunhi… Mehsoos Hota Hai” (Often, sometimes…It feels like this), a reflection on mental health and the mundane. She also started interventions like Women Walk at Midnight, Sex Chat Room and an arts initiative called Lost & Found.
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