Discover the different artistic workshops offered by the Mandapa!

Kathak dance
Indian classical dance of North India
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Stemming from the narrative techniques of the Kathakars, nomadic storytellers with distant origins, Kathak has evolved over time into a style of dance in which the devotional and the profane mingle.

Its heyday saw the flowering of the court arts: those of the Rajas loyal to Hinduism, those of the Mughal emperors celebrating the splendours of Islam, both of them joining together to make Kathak the emblematic style of North India.

Narrative dances illustrating the cult of Vishnu, refined and sensual dances inspired by Persian art, offer the dancer, or the dancer, of Kathak a rich palette of expressions to which is added a technique of rhythmic footsteps and pirouettes akin to Flamenco.

1st quarter from September 14, 2020 to December 13, 2020

2nd quarter from December 14, 2020 to March 27, 2021

3rd quarter from March 29, 2021 to June 26, 2021

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Bharata Natyam dance
Indian classical dance of South India

Once danced in temples by the Devadasis (young girls attached to rituals), Bharata Natyam is still practiced there today during religious festivals and festivals, and widely represented in theaters in India and abroad. .

Bharata Natyam has 2 aspects: a technical aspect (known as Nritta) abstract dance composed of rhythms and movements, a narrative aspect (known as Nrittya) where the dance becomes pantomime through facial expressions and body language.

All parts of the body participate in the dance: the feet for the rhythm, the body for the movement, the hands, the face and the eyes for the storytelling and the emotion. Bharata Natyam is a global artistic discipline combining concentration with dance.

The teacher : Vidyà

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Faithful disciple of Srimati MKSaroja from Madras, whose style and tradition she has represented for more than 30 years, Vidya has been teaching at the Mandapa Center since 1987.

Divided between India and France, she pursued a career as a dancer and trained many dancers who also became professional. Among his main choreographic productions “The Prayers of Mother Teresa” presented in Rome, and “Bharata Bach” (creation of Théâtre de la Ville / les Abesses).

Renowned for the rigor of her teaching, she also performs many choreographies for her students and for which the Mandapa is a springboard.

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Director of actors: Jérôme Méla

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After having worked passionately for ten years, from 1990 to 2005 as an actor under the direction of directors such as Antoine Campo, Jean Louis Bauer and Georges Bigot, and in several companies, but also as a Kathakali dancer under the direction of Karunakaran Kalamandalam, I met Stanislavski's improvisational work, which was then passed on to me for 15 years during Blanche Salant. I practiced pedagogy in the Blanche Salant and Paul Weaver International Theater Workshop and became a teacher and artistic director assistant from 2005 to 2019. Our approach to pedagogy has developed in perfect harmony with the latest works of Stanislavski of Analysis Action and is in direct line with the teachings of Maria Knebel.

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Course date and times: Monday 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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Arab-Andalusian music

The teacher : Rachid Guerbas

Trained first in Western classical music, Rachid Guerbas is an Algerian conductor of Arab-Andalusian music.

He studied ethnomusicology then spent time in Turkey and Syria to learn Arab-Andalusian art.

Today, he directs the Albaycin ensemble and created the first Arab-Andalusian music ensemble in France, “Nawba”.

As a teacher, he taught at the National School of Music in Bourges and in several European regions and universities.

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Already initiated level - study of the repertoire - songs and various instruments

Date and time of the course : Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Prices : 185 € / quarter