Cycle 1: The Mahabharata, a universal epic

Septembre 29th 2006 - October 8th 2006

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Three presentations focus on this epic Ancient Indian story and wonderfully how original poetry and storytelling become ritual theater. If, in the Orient, the word is the religions' founding principle, it is materialised through dance and epic theater, from Ancient India to present-day Japan.

Krishnacharitam, The Feats of Krishna

(Nangyar Kuttu)

Kapila Venu and the Irinjalakuda company

South India

Performance with surtitles

Famous in India and many other countries, where she is known as an extremely sensitive artist, the actress Kapila Venu presents Krishnacharitam, an extract from the Nangyar Kuttu repertoire (female solo performance in Kutiyattam Sanskrit theater). This legend recounts the great deeds performed by the god Krishna – ninth avatar of Vishnu, the Mahabharata’s central character – in his childhood.

2 performances: Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September 2006, at 8 pm.

Mahabharata of Massimo Schuster / Théâtre de l'Arc-en-Terre


(puppet show)

Théâtre de l’Arc-en-Terre

Massimo Schuster


Love, respect, pain, hatred, and despair – Mahabharata is the story of all mankind. Through words and deeds, Massimo Schuster, a storyteller, actor and puppeteer, brings to life the main heroes of these mythical adventures packed with internal wars, curses and spells, in the form of the sculptures/puppets created by the Italian painter Enrico Baj.

2 performances: Saturday September 30th and Sunday October 1st 2006, at 5 pm.

Mahabharata (King Nara episode)


Ku Na’uka Theatre Company

Directed by Satoshi Miyagi


Ku Na’uka is a contemporary Japanese theater company directed by Satoshi Miyagi. Its work, inspired by Kabuki and Nô, is based on the dissociation of Logos and Pathos, of word and body. Mahabharata, created in 2003 at the Tokyo National Museum, is presented in Europe for the first time: a single narrator speaks the words of the 28 actors on stage, retelling the mythical epic tale of the Mahabharata. (with the support of the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs + logo)

4 performances:

Thursday 5th, Friday 6th and Saturday 7th October 2006, at 8 pm.

Sunday 8th October 2006, at 5 pm.

> The ‘Indian Choreographies’ workshop (2h) is open to all, and accessible people with a hearing impairment. See Cultural Activities and times in the ‘Fall Program’ brochure.