I see home (Working title)

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by Riya Mandal on Monday, September 11, 2017


Session type

Technical level


To initiate a discussion through a performance.


I see home is an excerpt from the journey of a 10 year old Palestinian cartoon character on his way back home.

In the year 1969 Naji-Al -Ali ,a Palestinian political cartoonist created 10 year old cartoon character named Handala. According to him,this cartoon character had been exiled like him at the age of 10 and since then he refuses to grow up.

Naji-Al-Ali wrote - Handala was born ten years old, and he will always be ten years old. At that age, I left my homeland, and when he returns, Handala will still be ten, and then he will start growing up. The laws of nature do not apply to him. He is unique. Things will become normal again when the homeland returns.

Almost 50 years later, this piece looks at the current global scenario of forced social displacement through the eye of a 10 year old cartoon character.


1.Basic light set up

2 floor lights

4 to 6 hallogen

  1. Sound system.

2 Videography of performance

Speaker bio


Riya Mandal is a performer, choreographer and a movement therapist. She started training as a kathak dancer from Shambhu Maharaj Kathatk Academy at the age of 12. After 5 years of unbending classical training she started exploring jazz and modern techniques in 2008. She has also been formally trained in various forms like Kalaripayattu, Chhau, release technique and floor work. Riya Mandal has choreographed for various theatre productions and has been creating her own work in collaboration with artists from different genres such as film, music and theatre.
She has been a part of various dance festivals in India such as the Khajuraho Dance Festival, Narendra Sharma Festival.
She has recently presented her solo in the prestigious Ignite festival of Contemporary dance 2015 and has also been awarded by the Arts Council of Korea as a young South Asian choreographer to present a solo at the Seoul Art Center.
Her degree in psychology sparked her interest in closely examining the mechanics of human behavior which reflects in her work as an artist.

Riya Mandal has been certified as a movement therapist by CONSEIL INTERNATIONAL DE LA DANSE (PARIS) recognized by UNSECO and has worked with Nirmal Chaya Complex ,Shelter Home for Women in Tihar Jail. She has also conducted various workshops for corporates like Penguin Publishing Group, PCTI ltd etc.