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Date(s) - 28/02/2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm



Weight of Joy
a dance performance by Eric Languet and Cie Danse en l’R

Date: Wednesday, 28th February 2018
Time : 7:00 PM
Venue : Indian Council for Cultural Relations,
9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071

Free & open to all.
This show will close Bonjour India festival 2017-2018.

The Weight of Joy is a dance project tackling the notion of handicap and social innovation. Through French choreographer Eric Languet’s benchmark work with dancers with disability, Bonjour India explores new ways of promoting positive action for disabled people.
Joy is not blissful ignorance, nor a denial of reality. Rather, to quote philosopher Nicolas Go, “joy assumes both finitude, barbarism and evil, setting up before the outbursts of violence its silent power, recalling the perfection of which man is capable.”

The Weight of Joy is a collaboration between European and Indian dancers, including dancers with hearing disability. Drawing from the friction of these different cultures, this work attempts to discover the foundation and the conditions for the emergence of joy, be it individual or collective.

On the borders of movement, text and music, this joyful and chaotic play will reconcile ourselves with the human species and all its ironies.


Created With : Alliance Française Madras, Danse en l’R – Compagnie Eric Languet

Eric Languet

Born in Compiegne (France) in 1962, Eric Languet moved to and grew up in Reunion Island where he discovered the art of dance. He left the island in 1983 in order to study at the national conservatory at Rueil-Malmaison (Paris).  After a career as a classical dancer that brought him from the l’Opéra de Paris to the Royal New Zealand Ballet where he began his career as a choreographer, he later started to be interested in contemporary dance and theatre.  His time as a dancer with Lloyd Newson’s DV8 Physical Theatre was a key element in his choreographic development and his future artistic choices.

Upon his return to Reunion in 1999 he created Danses en I’R and began a long-term collaboration with artists from Reunion and Africa.  Far from being a simply formal and personal artistic endeavour, Eric’s productions investigate the notions of insularity that he derived from his New Zealand and Reunion experiences.

Pionneer of integrated dance in Reunion island, Eric and his company have been working with disabled and non disabled people since 2004.