AF Trivandrum Brings ‘Via’ to India!

(L to R) Fatima El Hassouni, Jerome Cury, and Ode Rosset - the original trio of 'Via'

Connoisseurs of Performing Arts were in for a pleasant surprise when Alliance Française de Trivandrum brought the ever-evolving production Via to India. The piece can best be described as an amalgamation of music, dance, and circus which is the result of an organic union between artists from different traditions. Every iteration is unique and responsive to the venue, audience, climate, and bodies […]

Dancing with the Tree in India!

(L to R) Mahavir Chandrawat, Mathilde Vrignaud, and Soumitra Thakur

One of the most pressing concerns of our age is to bridge the widening rift between Nature and Humanity. Art can be a potent tool for generating conversation, communicating ideas, and mobilising the public into action. It is for this reason that in[Chorus] – an ongoing series of musical meetings co-organised by Alliance Française de […]

in[Chorus] 2019 kicks off with Les Flûtes Enchantées !

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In December 2016, Alliance Française de Delhi and Kalasetu launched a unique initiative in the form of an ongoing series of musical meetings called in[Chorus]. The goal of the same was to promote traditional South Asian Performing Arts by providing a platform to musicians of all genres from India and France. The first edition of in[Chorus] 2019 saw […]

Reconnecting with the elements through BHU!

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In the collective imagination, martial arts are often linked to cultures of Eastern Asia. This is somewhat fallacious as different parts of the world have their own traditions of combat practices. The contemporary dance cum theatre performance Bhu takes inspiration from one such martial art – Kerala’s own Kalaripayattu – to eulogise Nature. The unique […]

Ephemeral Perfection With Hakanaï !

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In Japanese, Hakanaï denotes something which is fleeting and delicate. An ancient word, it is written by combining the graphic characters symbolizing ‘man’ and ‘dream’. This symbolic convergence is the baseline of the 40-minute contemporary dance piece Hakanaï which explores the fragility of the human condition. As part of Bonjour India 2017-18 and in collaboration with […]

The Weight of Joy In India

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Despite the changes in the discourse surrounding people with disabilities, there continues to be a lot of stigma associated with this particular demographic. A differently-able person can often find themselves being treated like they are lesser-than and their identity being reduced to their disability. French choreographer Eric Languet’s contemporary dance project The Weight of Joy challenges these notions and […]

No Rain over AF Bombay’s Parade!

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The monsoons of Mumbai are legendary – and not in the way Barney Stinson uses the word! For a city known for the resilience of its denizens, nothing quite brings Mumbai to a halt like a downpour – trains get delayed, roads get blocked and appointments are rescheduled. The rainy season in Mumbai presents a […]

Finding meaning in dance with Histoires Vraies

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Dances do not exist and evolve in a vacuum – the movements of a dancer’s body can often be traced back to distinct stylistic lineages. These are rooted in specific contexts which have shaped different dance forms as we know them today. Contemporary dancers often highlight these linkages through an exploration of rhythms, movements and […]

Yama – a contemporary dance expressing ancient ideas

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Dance is often compared to poetry in motion and is formally recognised as one of the seven major art forms in France. It is one of the most fundamental ways in which humans express themselves – an intrinsically physical language that is in a state of constant evolution like any other. To honour this art […]

Dancing to his own beat!

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As an artist, Astad Deboo needs no formal introduction. Credited as being the pioneer of contemporary dance in India, the recipient of the Sangeet Natak Academi Award for Creative Dance in 1995 was also awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2007. Alliance Française de Madras and Prakriti Foundation – with the […]

Rédaction

Directeur de publication : Délégation Générale de la Fondation Alliance Française en Inde et au Népal

Rédacteur en chef : Laurent Elisio Bordier

Rédacteur/Coordinateur national : Siddharth Bhatt

Rédacteurs, contributeurs : Guillaume, Abhirami, Alexandre, Chintan, Cléa, David, Eleonore, Elie, Kanika, Karine, Nita, Thomas, Malvika, Marie-Joëlle, Meera, Mayuri, Mitushi, Alice, Prutha, Romain, Ritika, Manas, Supriya ...