Type: Event
Location: NIFT Auditorium, National Institute of Fashion Technology, opp. Cyber Towers, Madhapur
City: Hyderabad
Date: Thu, 2012/03/15 – 7:30pm
Price: Entry by invites
A Dance-drama production
adapted from L’Homme Semence“The Seed Giver “
The autobiographical story of Violette Ailhaud
Directed by Estelle Guihard (With Anne Bressanges and Nancy Boissel)


as part of WOMEN’S MARCH
a month long cultural festival jointly organised by Alliance Française of Hyderabad, Moving Images Goethe Zentrum, Kalakriti Art Gallery, University of Hyderabad, Channel 6 & Manthan

In 1852, a village in the Basses-Alpes Region of France was brutally deprived of men by the repression that followed the Republican uprising against the coup d’état of Napoleon III. Two years went by in complete isolation for the women of the village. They took a vow that if a man came, he would be their common husband, so that life could continue in the wombs of each of them. The women had thought of and planned out everything, except the possibility of falling in love. This story is the disturbing real-life account of one of the women, Violette Ailhaud (1835-1925).

She wrote « The Seed Giver » in 1919, at the age of 84, when for the second time in 70 years, the village lost all its men. Violette Ailhaud gave her manuscript to a notary with the specific instructions that it should be handed over to the eldest of her female descendents.

Creation of the Play:
Anne Bressanges, actor, and Nancy Boissel Cormier, dancer, met in Chennai while learning Bharatnatyam from Kalaimamani Kuttlam M.Selvam.  Their will to work together,  helped them discover «  L’homme Semence ».


The play will be subtitled in English.
Invites available from Mon, 12th March at
Alliance Française, Banjara Hills, rd. no. 2
New Annexe AF, West Marredpally
Kalakriti Art Gallery, Banjara Hills, rd. no. 10
& 30min before the show at the venue