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Date(s) - 16/01/2015 - 18/01/2015
9:30 am - 6:00 pm




The legendary Jean Jacques Lemêtre, music director of Le Théâtre du Soleil, is coming to Kolkata in January 2015. He will be conducting a workshop named The Musical Body organized by the Alliance française du Bengale and the Arshinagar Project in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).



The Workshop

The workshop, which will be conducted from 16th to 18th, 9 am to 5 pm, at the ICCR, is open to actors, dancers, singers and musicians, i.e., to anyone who is interested in discovering, exploring and experimenting with the human body’s capacity relating to sound. Both individual and collective exercises will be carried out leading to a process of musical elaboration that will draw on the creative experience of Jean-Jacques Lemêtre working with the Théâtre du Soleil. Participants will be encouraged to go beyond the technique and through dissociation and disharmony, examine the relationship of the artist with his environment. This method calls for a re-learning of the body’s rhythm and the role of music in theatre.
We will be working without musical instruments, in order to fully explore the rhythmic, melodic and harmonic potential of our bodies through movement, breath and speech patterns.

For the workshop, please contact directly: Sudipta Dawn, [email protected], 84 20 10 47 61

The talk

A talk, open to all, will be also given by JJ Lemêtre, on 16 January at 6 pm at the ICCR.

The Performance following the workshop

There will be a performance staged by the people participating in the three-day workshop, under the direction of Jean-Jacques Lemêtre, on 18 January from 6.30 pm at ICCR.


Jean Jacques Lemêtre

Jean-Jacques Lemêtre

Since 1979, Jean-Jacques Lemêtre has composed the music for shows at Le Théâtre du Soleil. Since then, he has composed and accompanied each creation by Ariane Mnouchkine. He is a renowned Professor in France just as elsewhere. He has composed for films, for amongst others, David Lynch, Sally Potter and Raymond Depardon. He is one of the select few who have won a Molière, the official award for French theater music.

Le Théâtre du Soleil is a Parisian avant-garde stage ensemble founded by Ariane Mnouchkine and Philippe Léotard (ex-Minister for Culture in France) in 1964 as a collective of theatre artists. The company creates new theatrical works using a devising process based on utilizing physical theatre and improvisation.