Université Paris 8
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Transculturalities : performing arts and literature from contemporary India

One-day conference
Organized by Katia Légeret and Eliane Beaufils

Wednesday, May 28th 2014
9:30 am - 8:00 pm

University Paris 8
Amphi 4 bâtiment A
2 rue de la Liberté
93200 Saint-Denis
Metro Saint-Denis Université (line 13)


Why would we stage fables ? This one-day conference will be dedicated to a critical reflection on the aesthetical and political issues that come out of this contemporary art form related to theater, dance, music, marionnettes, poetry, street art and performative practices.


Participants are mainly professors-researchers and artists who came especially from India or who work in Europe on Indian theatrical forms. Around fifty first-year students of Paris 8, students from Theater studies and fom erasmus mundus program, PhD students at Paris 8 (EA 1573) and students from the CNSAD, will present danced performances and conferences. Panchatantra stories told in several Indian languages will be linked to the Fables of Jean de la Fontaine who was inspired by them. Transmission, practice and transformation of this traditional danced theater from India will show how fragile the concepts of physical, cultural and identity territories are.


We will question a set of boundaries : cultures in minority, cultural or postcolonial policies, aesthetical categories. Does staging animals and their bodily language, based on Indian theater codes, enables to express current social issues? How does theatricality, created by these gestural languages, produce new forms of alterity and gather these young artists and open up to new experimental fields such as yoga techniques or Body-Mind Centering (BMC)?

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The Laboratory of Excellence in Arts and Human Mediations is part of the “Investments for the future” program since 2011. As part of this program, its members conduct research following three main lines: situations, technologies, hybridization.

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