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BHU

In this show we invoke the spirit of the BHU element (earth). The Kalari warrior carries, in his body, the memory of the earth. Through this process, we are able to reconnect to the pure origin that keeps him in motion with the heartbeat of the earth.

THEME

  • India has a deep and ancient tradition of connecting with the Pancha Bhuthas (Five Elements): earth,water, fire, air and ether. The Bhuthas are universal. Through connecting with them, humans can reconnect with the origin and cradle of consciousness that is the source of all matter.

  • In this show we invoke the spirit of the BHU element (earth). The Kalari warrior carries, in his body, the memory of the earth. Through this process, we are able to reconnect to the pure origin that keeps him in motion with the heartbeat of the earth.

  • We create a dialogue between the earth and the body of the performers, music and the audience.

Story

  •  ‘It wails, it shouts in his body. Something is suffocating... His skin bag feels too tight. Something is missing.. Some anger and violence are inside him. As far as he can remember, he always loved to fight... That’s why when he meets the Kalaripayattu master, he thinks he will learn from him the secrets to become a great fighter. But in fact, the latter teaches him how to fight his demons, his fears, his ego. The master teaches him how to dance with the elements, earth, water, fire, air and ether as well as with the wild beasts. But will he let “his body become all eyes,” always in a state of alertness, one with Nature, one with ‘Shakti’ - the deep feminine energy that makes everything move?

  • This is the journey of a man who discovers his deep union with Mother Earth (Bhu). Beyond a story, this show invites the audience to an itinerary, accessible to everyone. A universal experience.

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Staging Notes
  • Bhu offers an interactive performance combining theatre, dance, traditional and

contemporary music and Kalaripayattu.

 

• The process is led by Philippe Pelen Baldini and Thierry Moucazambo, and guided by master of Kalaripayattu: Sri Guru Lakshman Gurukkal.

 

• This show questions the body memory of the dancer, one with earth and Nature. It is

an experimental play that uses both modern theatrical , choeroegraphic tools and the

traditional form of kalaripayattu to create an organic dance, a contemporary show.

Connected to the Shakti (primordial or feminine energy) within the body of the warriordancer, this artistic process develops traditional Kalari movement in a contemporary way.

• The performers are Kalaripayattu warriors / dancers/ healers / masters in energy. With them we experience origin of movement and theatrical act. We are looking for this experience of body “becoming all eyes” as they are used to say in Kalaripayattu wisdom. This happens when all the body is fully connected with his environment and nature

TESTIMONIAL

— ​Manish Kumar, PhD Scholar Department of Performing Arts, Pondicherry University

​“Vast, a performance of vastness of nature and primordial memory."

Philippe Pelen in a discussion with Prof. Avadhesh Kumar Singh, Vice Chancellor, Auro University.

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Surya Performance Lab team in an interview at Auro University.

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Philippe Pelen in a discussion with Prof. Avadhesh Kumar Singh, Vice Chancellor, Auro University.

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Meet The Team

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Philippe Pelen Baldini

Direction and choreography

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Thierry Moucazambo

Performer

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Lakshman Gurukkal

Performer

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Ashwin Ezhumalai

Lights

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Varun and Nadia

Musical composition

Video 

BHU

India has a deep and ancient tradition of connecting with the Pancha Bhuthas (Five Elements): earth, water, fire, air and ether. The Bhuthas are universal. Through connecting with them, humans can reconnect with the origin and cradle of consciousness that is the source of all matter.

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Download BHU Artistic Proposal

To know more about the show, performing artists, and technical requirements, you can download our artistic proposal