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I want life


Performance    lab

After the success of their show "Is this the End?"  in India,
Philippe Pelen Baldini and Thierry Moucazambo introduce
their new production 


I want Life

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Our  Story

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"Let the wind blow on us from every direction, let the sun shine on us, let the rivers flow. Let us dance with freedom, like birds in the sky, let our hearts be filled with joy, like flowers in bloom."

(Rigveda) Jaya is a young Indian living in a poor neighborhood of a megalopolis. He is a dancer but faces a lot of resistance from his parents for him to be an artist.


He wants to break free from the polluted, noisy, chaotic megacity and from this feeling of confinement. Beyond all pressures from family, society, and their expectations, he is looking for his truth, identity, and freedom. He cannot bear his situation; he is looking for new life.


Through a dream or vision, he meets an old traveler, a poet, who helps him reconnect with the primordial forces of Nature lying in him. With the help of the old man, Jaya will explore unknown territories. He will discover a newfound sense of power and freedom. The reconnection to Nature will help him to explore his true nature and vastness. He also rediscovers how these deep forces within himself make him move and dance today, with no limitations, freely.


“Now, I don't beg for time, I don't beg for freedom, I don't beg for space. I take my space, I draw my own path, I take my freedom. I am the dancer; I am the movement, the freedom, I spin and twirl, I leap toward new horizons, Where the constraints of the past no longer hold. Where the energies are liberated and dance within us’’.


Artistic note

A Dance Theatre performance
Duration: 1 hour, for all audiences

It is a powerful and moving story that will resonate with audiences of all ages.

"Jaya" is a collaborative work of art, by a creative team, including a writer, director, choreographer, composer, light designer, and performers, actors,
dancers, and musicians.

The show's creative process combines the oldest Indian martial art in the world, Kalaripayattu, with hip-hop dance, contemporary dance, and theatre. We explore the relationship between energy and the 5 elements in a contemporary way. .


To accompany Jaya's journey in different states of consciousness and in different territories, we are using sound and frequencies, and specific movements. We are guided by some neuroscience research that explores the power of sound on the body and matter. We are also inspired by the first people's knowledge and teaching.


This creative process appeals to the body's memories of the performers and of the audience, which carries in them all these archetypes and primordial forces .


Jaya is a dance theatre performance: Physical, visual, universal, with a short text. It is a unique and innovative piece of theatre that will leave audiences feeling inspired and uplifted .


Don't miss the opportunity to experience "Jaya” and witness the transformative power of dance and nature.

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Conception, choreography, and direction: Philippe Pelen
Co-creator dramaturgy, performer: Thierry Moucazambo
Co-creator choreography, performer: Chandru Maggie
Musical composition and soundtrack:  Jerry Silvester Vincent Lighting design: Ashwin Ezhumalai
Photography, video: Piero Cefaloni

Artistic advisor: Barbara Pashinger

Communication assistant: Giri Thirumal

Props and set assistants: Ravi Kumar and Guna Gunasekaran


Planning and some informationMe.


Premiere ON


On tour


Research and rehearsals started: January 2023

Premiere: August 2023 in Sri Aurobindo auditorium, Auroville

  • From August 2023 and 2024: Performances in Auroville, Tantrotsav festival (Edayanchavadi), Sri Aurobindo ashram Pondicherry, Pondicherry University.

  • Performances in Alliance Française de Pondichery and tour in different alliances françaises in India.

  • National tour in India in different festivals and universities. International tour

4 people: 2 performers, 1 technician (sound and light), 1 director/choreographer.

Surya Performance Lab.Auroville. In partnership with SAIIER, Kalarigram, Auroville Art Service,
Alliance française de Pondichéry.

Special thanks to Cripa for the great support and welcome.
Thank you to our sponsor Andrea Eberle Thank you to the Tibetan pavilion and Svaram.

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About us

Surya Performance Lab, based in Tamil Nadu near Pondicherry, offers research workshops, and training courses, and creates shows and tours in India and abroad. In India, the company collaborates with Auroville, the University of Pondicherry-Performing art Dpt, Kalarigram, Auro University in Surat, the National School of Drama in Delhi, and Baroda University. The company has performed in Auroville and at the International Bharat Rang Mahotsav International Festival in Delhi, the National Festival in Odissa, Baroda University, Auro University in Surat, the Tantrostav Festival in Tamil Nadu, and the Alliances Française in Pondicherry, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, and Trivandrum. Trivandrum.

The company also tours abroad: Nepal, France (Lorient Festival), and South Africa (State Theatre, Kucheza Festival).

The company is directed by Philippe Pelen and Thierry Moucazambo who previously founded the Théâtre Talipot Company in La Reunion, France. With Théâtre Talipot Philippe and Thierry have toured their creations in 82 countries in prestigious venues and festivals such as Théâtre de la Ville de Paris, Opéra de Paris, Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris Unesco and Edinburgh Festival (Scotland), Grahamstown Festival (South Africa); Hong Kong (French May), National Festival Brazil, Spoletto Festival (Italy), etc. They have also performed in places of great urgency (countries at war) in the most disadvantaged townships, in prisons, and in hospitals. Their creations have won numerous awards. They have also directed many workshops for large international dance/theatre companies and in universities. Supported by UNESCO, Philippe, and Thierry also created and founded the Festival d'Art Métis in La Réunion, Indian Ocean.





Meet The Team



D A N C E R - P E R F O R M E R

5 years of experience in hip-hop dance, learning and teaching hip-hop. Although he started his journey in dance as a self-taught artist, he has received training from some of the best hip-hop dancers in South India. He has trained and choreographed for over 1000 students from Pondicherry, Chennai and Bangalore. 8 years of experience also in contemporary dance with many teachers from Attakalari and Shoonya companies. For the past 6 years, he has learned to practice and share Kalaripayattu taught by Lakshman Guruji, one of the greatest masters of Kalaripayattu and his disciples. With Kalarigram, Chandru learns practices, teaches, and participates in many performances and tours in India.



M U S I C - C O M P O S E R

He is a very well-known and popular Music Composer, Programmer, and Sound Engineer from Puducherry, India. He completed his Bachelor of Science- BS from Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education and is currently working under the famous Music Composer, A.R. Rahman. Apart from composing music, Jerry likes to travel, and take photographs of nature and surroundings: he loves to play with dogs, and often campaigns for nature-friendly causes. His work as a music composer has been shown in various Bollywood movies like; Rockstar (2011), Kadal (2013), Raanjhanaa (2013), Maryan (2013), Lekar Hum Deewana Dil (2014), Mohenjo Daro (2016), OK Janu (2017), Mom (2017), etc. Composition for various Indian TV series such as; Everest, The Trip, Unwanted, etc



L I G H T - D E S I G N E R

Ashwin Ezhumalai is a talented photographer and stage light designer who was born and raised in Auroville. In addition to his creative pursuits, he also works as a teacher and is an avid adventurer who loves to trek and travel. He has a deep passion for nature and has spent a significant amount of time exploring the Himalayas. As a result of his travels and contemplation in this majestic region, Ashwin created a captivating photo exhibition titled "In the Land of the Majestic Giants"





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