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Category Archives: Performing Arts

RIP by Savita Rani

Yesterday's monologue RIP or Rest In Peace inquiring restlessness in pieces by Savtia Rani, and Satsang Teatro in CRIPA was mature performance on the topic of feminism or life of a women in India.
Savita depicts a wife, who's sole purpose is to be a devoted wife, and a mother, who's duty is to be beautiful, fragile ... feminine. Yet, the wife decides that she wants, and needs to be more that that, and finds her fulfilment on the day when her husband takes a decision to travel. Her plan succeeds, but along bring disappointments. Although the wife is happy to travel, and learn more about life, she get across as well the ugly tricks of political games of her husband.

Bhu / Earth

Interesting dance performance Bhu/ Earth has been "born" yesterday at Kalarigram , Udayam , Edayanchavadi road as a result of intensive collaborative process of many for over 16 months. Although depicting ancient martial art of Kalaripayattu through a story of young troubled, and angry many, elements of contemporary dance were strongly present. All skillful, and mature dancers (and actors) are also disciples of Kalaripayattu, and we have seen their graceful virtuousity, expressing their deepest emotions and philosophical, spiritual outlook on life, our planet ....universe through dance, and amazing sound either be by percussion or voice .... Direction and choreography: Philippe Light design: Ashwin Sound design: Suresh With: Thierry, Nikhil, Swaroop, Suresh, Madhu, Prakash Special thanks to: Barbara and Ritam, Lakshmanji, Lavanya and Kalarigram, Aurelio and Swaram, Christophe and Cripa, Jean, Joy, Tapas and Bharat Nivas, Claude and french Pavillon, Krishna , Nilen and Auroville art service, Orly and Well paper, Miriam and Auroville Radio, Kali and Sebastien, Kalou and Eluciole Circus, Savitry and new creation, Last School video students, Vinay, Lalit and french alliance Pondicherry link to interview made with Philippe, Thierry and Nikhil prior to performance https://www.aurovilleradio.org/beautiful-synergy/


Comments: 0 Date: 03 Sep 2017

Beautiful Synergy


In continuation of their exploration through the body reconnecting to the nature Philippe and Thierry with many, many others created Bhu/ Earth dance performance which will be staged on 18th, 19th and 20th of August at 8pm at Kalarigram.
We hosted Nikhil Varagiri, Philippe and Thierry in our studio, and they talk about this performance in the connection to ancient art of Kalaripayattu. As Nikhil, who practices it for a long time, this is the mother to all martial arts on the planet.
" In this show they invoke the spirit of the BHU element (earth). The Kalari warrior carries, in his body, the memory of the earth. Through this process, they are able to reconnect to the pure origin that keeps him in motion with the heartbeat of the earth."...

Dragonfly Kiss


Dragonfly Kiss

We stepped out of the house into the alley, our visible breath smudged by the wind tunnel. At the base of the steps she pulled a lighter to the menthol gripped in her mouth. The arctic breeze blew away each flame in birthday fashion, so I cupped my hands around hers and our campfire was born.
With her eyes on mine, she pulled and I said "Have you ever had a dragonfly kiss before?"...




The Approach
The crowd lowers their murmurs to a vacant silence as she makes her way up the aisle. Finally. Slowly. Unsure. She tiptoes toward you, feet pumping ice water, carrying flowers like a sacred torch, her arm wrapped around her father's as he delivers her to you one last time.
You await with the stillness of a photograph in the best suit you've ever worn. Breathless. Feet so cold, they're frozen......




Super
"Hey stranger" to you too
I've been super. Thanks for asking.
Hey, did you know there are 100 billion planets in our galaxy?
That's 12 digits
That's one digit for every month since you sent your last beacon.
I remember because it was the first winter I'd woken up to the dawn
Instead of you.

11th Creative School Concert

This program is about teenagers that travel the world ad perform. For the 11th time we had a chance to see performance of group of students of Creative School, based in South Korea. Children travel around the world, and try to learn, and interact with people, wherever they go.

Interview after perfomance of Bhu

After the Premiere of Bhu/Earth we interview the choreographer Philippe Pelen Baldini, his assistant Thierry Moucazambo and other artists of the dance and music performance.

Suresh, Percussionist and teacher of traditional Music of Kerala together with Prakash and Madhu from Swaram of Auroville created the background sound of the martial art dance show.

Suresh played on a large copper drum called Mizhavu. A traditional drum of Kerala which is almost 1000 year old. This hand percussion is considered as sacred and it is used to accompany the holy ritualistic temple performance Koodiyattam and Koothu.
Prakash and Madhu played on Swaram designed and produced instruments.

Listen to the full audio recording of the performance https://www.aurovilleradio.org/bhu-earth/

Auroville Short Theater Festival

Francesca and Elke take the first step towards creating a theater festival that gives everybody the chance to express themselves. All is required to participants is an original 10 or 15 minutes short theater play .
The aim is to invite on the stage the diverse forms of creativity we have in Auroville and also offer the opportunity for people new to theater to get involved
Let's uncover the creative writing skills hidden in Auroville!

How to get involved:
1. Write a short script and submit it to avshorttheaterfest@gmail by the 15th of September 2017.
2. The writer will be responsible for contacting people needed to stage the play (director, actors, make up artist, costume designer etc.)
3. There are no funding available from the Short Theater Festival towards costumes, props, etc.
4. This event is only open to Aurovillians and Newcomers of 14 years and above.
5. Only original scripts please (no plagiarism!) and never been staged before.
6. The contents of the script can be about any subject.
7. The staging will take place in CRIPA between September 2017 and February 2018. Cripa will know its availability for this event only at the end of September 2017

KINO- a Film in 50 hours


Short interview with Tlaloc on Kino Cabaret, and this weekend movie making marathon of 50 hours for a short film. All films will be screened at MMC - Cinema Paradios in Town Hall on Sunday 19th at 5pm, and all are welcome. Tlaloc also explains the meaning of the Kino Cabaret, and mentions that around 22 people participate this time. For all of those who might missed it, there will be a repetition of Kino in December at the time of Auroville Film Festival 2017

Deepanam Sri Aurobindo Offering

On the 14th August 2017 the kids of Deepanam school performed three short presentations as an offering to Sri Aurobindo for his 145th birthday.
The Light group children offered a history of Sri Aurobindo's life.
The Faith group performed the story of Savitri.
And the Peace group enacted the scene between Krishna and Arjuna along with the recitation of sacred sanskrit mantras.
All performances were well thought out and especially amazing :)

Far Out Afrofuturism


Selection of some of far-out Afrofuturistic Music Videos
To see Afrofuturism in action is when music videos consider Afrofuturist aesthetics. Some of the weirdest, strangest, most popular and memorable music videos actually fall under the Afrofuturism umbrella: like Michael and Janet Jackson’s “Scream,” almost every Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes video, Grace Jones,Here we are featuring some stellar Afrofuturist music videos , but keep in mind that this selection is merely the tip of the iceberg.
These particular videos showcase diverse subplots of Afrofuturism: from surrealism and space travel, to dystopians and love fantasies.

tracklist
Petite Noir “Best” (Magical Realism)
https://youtu.be/7XvD1QN3enQ
In this stunning, otherworldly music video, Congolese
artist Petite Noir travels, by foot, to several otherworldly destinations. There’s a barren desert, harboring only beautiful souls that haunt him as he runs; a neon green forest of digital nature, and a foggy heaven where beautiful angels await, before he’s transported to a deeper spiritual state. By fusing magical realism with the beauty of Africa, Petite Noir illustrates a narrative where fantasy is juxtaposed against nature: emphasizing the notion that Africa is a place of wonders and mystery.
Erykah Badu “Didn’t Cha Know” (Space Travel)
https://youtu.be/Np21rH7Ldto
Wu-Tang Clan “Triumph” featuring Cappadonna (Social Sci-Fi)
https://youtu.be/cPrksKwEdUQ
FKA Twigs “Pendulum” (Future Feminism)
https://youtu.be/O8yix8Pzklw
Ibaaku “Djula Dance” (Dance Apocalyptic)
https://youtu.be/XbdBpiRywIA
Kanye West “Runaway” (Romantic Fantasy)
https://youtu.be/Jg5wkZ-dJXA
Bootsy Collins “Party on Plastic” (Funkadelic Future)
https://youtu.be/0end00Llzlg
Janet Jackson “Rhythm Nation” (Dystopian Revolution)
https://youtu.be/OawaNWGLM0c
Flying Lotus “Coronus, the Terminator” (Afro-Supernatural)
<a href="https://youtu.be/Ak4vLebxIo4" target="_blank">https://youtu.be/Ak4vLebxIo4
Jojo Abot “Gods Among Men & Marching” (Unapologetic Black Superpowers)
https://youtu.be/ovdFduauzEM

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