35 minutes | Documentary | English, French | English subtitles
Directed by Annette Leday & Cyrille Larrieu
Dancer, Choreographer, Director & Translator Annette Leday and Cyrille Larrieu, Film Director from France will present their book and film Dance India Today. They expand on the survey on Indian contemporary dance, conducted by Annette, just before the Covid lockdowns. She conducted a series of interviews in India, with dancers and choreographers of contemporary and classical backgrounds. Along with Cyrille Larrieu, a film was eventually made that includes excerpts of interviews alternate with images of work and teaching as well as extracts of their creations. It presents some of the faces engaged in a renewal of the traditions and artistes of the new generation open to the world and to its many body and dance techniques.
They will engage in a conversation, moderated by Ranvir Shah, Founding Trustee, Prakriti Foundation. Following this, there will be a discussion with Jayachandran Palazhi, local dancers, choreographers and the audience.
This lecture & screening tour is part of Prakriti Foundation’s Silver jubilee celebrations.
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Annette Leday has been associated with Indian art and culture for almost five decades. As a dancer and choreographer she has developed a unique approach to inter cultural contemporary creation, focusing on the dance and theatre traditions of India and France. Since 1989, she has directed and choreographed over ten productions for both Indian and Western dancers, actors and musicians. Her works have been performed internationally and all over India. She has also initiated and participated in the translation of a number of contemporary Indian plays into French.
Cyrille Larrieu is a French director, cameraman and globe-trotter. After his studies in the humanities (history and ethnology) at Paris University, Cyrille Larrieu went to India in order to further his research field and to study filmmaking at the Indian National Film Institute, the FTII in Pune. He spent six years in the subcontinent making a number of documentary and fictional films, before returning to France in 2013. Cyrille Larrieu then realised several feature documentaries for television in Siberia, Quebec, Peru and Egypt.
A cultural activist, philanthropist and businessman, Ranvir Shah has always had a deep interest in books, art, music and design. In 1998, he founded the Prakriti Foundation, the vision of which was to host events that would play a key role in changing and energising the cultural scene in Chennai. Single-handedly, he has been a catalyst in broadening the cultural spectrum in Chennai and has been responsible for giving the city some of its most memorable events ranging from serious scholarly discourse from seminars, multi-media events, experimental and protest cinema, music festivals and contemporary dance performances.