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Wednesday Wed, 31 Jan 2024


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

S.thala is the name of an imaginary location invented by famous 20th century French author Marguerite Duras. In the books and films of her Indian Cycle, the characters travel from one novel to the other often without sticking to a precise narrative, but referring as a leitmotiv to an initial event that happened during a ballroom party.

In this corpus, L’Amour is a mysterious non-linear fragmented text that evokes reiterated, transformed memories extracted from the organic magma of the Indian Cycle. In L’Amour the characters have been dislodged from the original books and projected into new narrative regions. A woman, a man, a traveller, a beggar, a rejected woman are among the somewhat anonymous characters inhabiting this ghostly world and its surrounding nature.

The choreography presents a first period of movement and space exploration inspired by the many physical indications and themes contained in Duras texts. These dance modules are accompanied by the reading of short passages from the text L’Amour. In a second period the dancers perform an elaborate piece constructed and extrapolated from the first part explored figures and recurring elements.

In collaboration with:


Annette Leday


For many years, choreographer, director and translator Annette Leday has been developing an original approach to inter-cultural contemporary creation between France and India. After an immersion of ten years in the traditional form of the Kathakali she decided to innovate and created the Annette Leday/Keli company  for which she directed a dozen contemporary creations based on the traditions of dances and theatres of India and France. A graduate of the Institut des Langues et Civilisations Orientales in Paris, she is fluent in Malayalam.

Hélène Courvoisier

After training in classical and contemporary dance at the Ecole de Danse de Genève, Hélène Courvoisier danced in the choreographies of Maryse Delente and Martin Padron. She joined the Annette Leday/Keli company in 1997 and has taken part in all the creations since. In 1998 she toured India with Annette Leday for a series of workshops for young dancers. Since 2009 she conducts a personal choreographic research and creates dance performances in the street and other public spaces.

Kalamandalam Unnikrishnan Nair

From 1978 to 1988 Unnikrishnan studied Kathakali at Kalamandalam, the largest government institution in Kerala. While pursuing his professional carrier as a Kathakali performer in Kerala, he has also taken part in all the creations and international tours of the Annette Leday/Keli company since 1988.

Sadanam Manikandan


From 1982 to 1992, Manikandan studied Kathakali at the Gandhi Seva Sadanam institution in Kerala. From 1992, he took part in all the shows and international tours of the Annette Leday/Keli company. In 1995 he received a UNESCO grant for his participation in the company’s Cinderella Otherwise. He is now a teacher at Sadanam and participates in all the professional performances of the troupe.