Metajingle Brings People Together!

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In its essence, Bonjour India 2017-18 celebrates the many ties which bind India and France together – ties which have catapulted the two nations to the centre stage on a global level! This sense of collaboration is best encapsulated in a project like Metajingle – The Postman Does Not Wait For The Rising Tide which unites several artists from both countries for a multidisciplinary theatrical extravaganza. Thanks to a series of performances piloted by Alliance Française de Trivandrum, Metajingle captivated audiences in Trivandrum (Nov 8), Kolkata (Jan 11), Chandernagore (Jan 12), Kochi (Jan 16), Udaipur (Jan 20), and Jaipur (Jan 24). These performances were organised after a residency in Trivandrum from October 25 to November 6.

Metajingle

Metajingle

The groundwork for the piece can be found in the correspondence between the French poet and theatre personality Marc Delouze and the poet Meera Nair. Their exchanges were eventually compiled to create the script for a stage performance. Metajingle is centered around this correspondence which took place over the course of two months between the two wordsmiths.

During the course of the theatrical piece, a postman carries the epistolary exchanges between Marc and Meera across waves and tides, currents and winds. The postman is incarnated by the French dancer and juggler François Chat who performed alongside Indian musicians. From one continent to the other, this figure was the messenger linking two shores, two cultures, two languages, and two ways of seeing.

François Chat

François Chat

For each performance, Marc and Meera provided a live reading of the letters that they had exchanged. The stage scenery consisted of the collective works created by the French visual artist Patricia Nichols and her interactions with the visual artists Robert Lopez, Jayasree, Aswini Kumar and Udayakumar from Kerala. The music was composed by John Anthony who recorded the natural sounds of the ocean for the performance. The resulting abstract piece was an ode to the ocean itself wherein a narrative written by two voices from distant shores came to life. A truly evocative series of performances which paid homage to the rich history of Indo-French relations!

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

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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 ...