Shaking things up with Zoom Dada !

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An art movement of the European avant-garde in the early 20th century, Dadaism was a form of artistic anarchy born out of disgust for the social, political and cultural values of the time. Inspired by the anti-bourgeois ethos of Dadaism along with Burlesque cinema and photography, Stéphane Fortin founded Théâtre Bascule in Normandy in 2015. The group recently brought their unique 40-minute show Zoom Dada on a maiden trip to India thanks to a series of performances piloted by Alliance Française de Chandigarh.

A still from 'Zoom Dada'

A still from the performance

Zoom Dada draws from the revolutionary potential of Dadaism and couples it with another form of protest – namely hip-hop dance! The latter was chosen because it is inherently experimental and freestyle in nature. Although the troupe of Théâtre Bascule has several artistes, only two perform on stage at a time. Stéphane admits that for Zoom Dada, he chose people who have trained in dance – especially hip-hop – and have a flair for comedy. For the India tour, Stéphane and Iliass Mjouti took centrestage with background assistance by technician Samuel Deschamps.

(L to R) Samuel Deschamps, Stéphane, and Iliass Mjouti | Photo Credits - The Tribune

(L to R) Samuel Deschamps, Stéphane, and Iliass Mjouti | Photo Credits – The Tribune

On stage, the performers play the role of two characters who are in search of inspiration. Guided by childlike curiosity, they transgress the limits imposed on them and therein discover new horizons. In tune with the principles of gestural theatre, there are no dialogues or any narration in the background. The story unfolds through exaggerated body movements. Stephane adds that he wanted to cater to a young audience. While children enjoy the comedic aspects of the performance, the body movements also provided food for thought. Through the Laurel-and-Hardy-esque dynamics of the performers, the children bear witness to a playful exploration of freedom.

A still from the performance

A still from the performance

The show was brought to India by Théâtre Bascule/Scène Conventionnée Jeune Public Coutances (50) with help of la DRAC Basse Normandie, Conseil Régional Basse Normandie, and Conseil Général de l’Orne. The nine-city tour captivated audiences in Chandigarh (Nov 10), Chennai (Nov 13), Bangalore (Nov 15), Trivandrum (Nov 17), Pune (Nov 20), Mumbai (Nov 22), Kolkata (Nov 24), Dehradun (Nov 27), and Delhi (Dec 1).

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

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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 ...