Cycle 1: The Mahabharata, a universal epic

29 septembre 2006 - 8 octobre 2006

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Three presentations focus on this great epic from Ancient India, admirably demonstrating how original poetry and storytelling become ritual theatre. If, in the Orient, the word is the founding principle of religions, it is made flesh through dance and epic theatre, 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

A famous name in India and many other countries, where she is known as an artist of great sensitivity, the actress Kapila Venu presents Krishnacharitam, an extract from the Nangyar Kuttu repertoire (female solo performance in Kutiyattam Sanskrit theatre). 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 29 and Saturday 30 September 2006, at 8 p.m.

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, storyteller, actor and puppeteer, restores 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 30 September and Sunday 1 October 2006, at 5 p.m.

Mahabharata (King Nara episode)


Ku Na’uka Theatre Company

Directed by Satoshi Miyagi


Ku Na’uka is a contemporary Japanese theatre company directed by Satoshi Miyagi. Its work, inspired by Kabuki and Nô, is based upon 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 5, Friday 6, and Saturday 7 October 2006, at 8 p.m.

Sunday 8 October 2006, at 5 p.m.

> The ‘Indian Choreographies’ workshop (2h) is open to all, and accessible to the hearing impaired. See Cultural Activities and times in the ‘Autumn Programme’ brochure.