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 […]

Into the Wild at AF Madras

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It has been said that dancing is like dreaming with your feet. Alliance Française de Madras recently gave wings to some such feet-dreams by piloting a tour of La forêt ébouriffée. This dance, performance by the French dance company CFB 451, is based on Mélusine Thiry‘s book La forêt de Racine. The performances took place in Chennai (May […]

Workshops this monsoon

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This monsoon, Alliance Française de Bombay alongside ten partners is offering a number of workshops, most of them free, on subjects of art and culture ranging from music and dance to baking, wine-tasting and theatre. The wet, rainy months of July and August are poised to inundate the public with a deluge of interesting projects, […]

S’envoler en solitudes

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Dans le cadre du festival DanSe DialogueS, l’Alliance Française de Bangalore a eu le plaisir d’accueillir Julie Nioche pour son spectacle magique, Nos Solitudes, une œuvre imaginée autour d’un corps suspendu.  Seule sur scène, Julie Nioche, suspendue à des fils tendus de poids, s’est élevée du sol comme si elle ne pesait guère plus qu’une plume. […]

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 ...