Sahasam is a universal tale:
"Two fallen princesses, formerly dancers, victims of a terrible fate, will cross the chaos, recover the happy memory of their past life, invoke the deities of India, to finally free themselves. The spell will be lifted, the dance and the joy found again. "
In complete freedom from the rules of the traditional recital, the dancers and four musicians train the children in the wonderful world of Indian dance and music.
Through the power of rhythms, the strangeness of the melodies and the expressive richness of Bharata Natyam, they discover a language, admittedly rooted in a very different culture, but an accessible and contemporary language at the same time.
Source: Studio of the Golden Hand, Elisabeth Petit
Priyadarsini Govind studied the art of Bharata Natyam in Madras, with two great masters.Swamimalai K. Rajaratnam, teaching him the Nritta - the technique of movement in all its complexity - transmitted to him rigor, strength, precision and the grace of a learned dance, deeply rooted in the tradition and culture of southern India.
Srimati Kalanidhi Narayanan conveyed to her the subtlety of the Abhinaya, this extremely elaborate and sophisticated art of communication, by which the dancer expresses the emotion, the emotions of the poem she interprets; the symbolic gestures of the hands, the look and expressions of the face to translate situations and feelings.
Priyadarsini Govind has been immersed in Bharata Ntaym since childhood. She is unanimously recognized in India today as one of the most brilliant and accomplished dancers of her generation.
She nourishes her dance with a deep reflection on her intellectual, spiritual and artistic heritage, and the vitality of a young, modern Indian woman in touch with the realities of a changing society.
Priyadarsini stands out today for its maturity, the brilliance and the serenity of its dance. Generous, passionate and delicate, she revisits the traditional repertoire of Bharata Natyam, introducing contemporary poems, with powerful energy and timeless sweetness.
Source: Studio of the Golden Hand
Elisabeth Petit studied classical dance at the Ecole Supérieure d'Etudes Chorégraphiques in Paris. She studies contemporary dance - Graham and Limon techniques - at the International Dance Center in Paris; then the Nikolai technique with Quentin Rouiller, Carolyn Carlson and Alwin Nikolaïs
> She approaches the study of Indian dance in 1979, in Paris, with Malavika, then Maïtreyi.
That same year, she became a student at Madras, Sri V. Sr. Muthuswamy Pillai and Srimati Kalanidhi Narayanan.
> Fellow of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1983 to 1986, she presented her Arangetram (first recital) in Madras in 1985.
> In 1988 she received the "Villa Medicis off the Walls" scholarship. She has appeared in numerous recitals in India, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, England, Belgium, Italy, Yugoslavia, Guyana, alone, or accompanied by her teacher and musicians.
> In 1992, Elisabeth Petit began a choreographic research project based on her dual training in India and the West. This takes the form of a duet with Mathilde Monnier, choreographed by Christian Trouillas, accompanied by a musical encounter between Louis Sclavis and Balachandar (mridangam); and a solo on a musical composition by Jean Paul Céléa (Autumn Festival in Paris, Lille Festival, tour in India).
> Following a three-month residency, she created in 1996 a contemporary choreography for three dancers, at the CNDC d'Angers, then at the Montpellier Festival.
> Elisabeth returns in 1998 to the solo recital of Bharata Natyam, and deepens a work of appropriation of the Abhinaya (expressive aspect of Indian dance).
> In 2004 she began an artistic collaboration with Priyadarsini Govind: the elaboration and the realization of a recital choreographed and danced by this one. A first recital is thus created in 2006 at the Théâtre de la Ville, in Paris. A second recital will be created in 2008, again at the Théâtre de la Ville and Chateauvallon.
> In 2007, she created "SAHASAM", a Young Audience show created at the Maison de la Danse in Lyon, which she choreographed and performed with Priyadarsini Govind.
> In 2009, Elisabeth organizes a fourth European tour for Priyadarsini and continues her artistic collaboration with her.
> In 2010, she collaborated on the writing of a book published by "Actes Sud" on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Montpellier Danse International Festival. It traces the history of "Montpellier Danse and India".
> In 2011, she organizes the arrival of Priyadarsini Govind in Paris, for two recitals at the Guimet Museum.
> In December 2012, Elisabeth is invited to present a conference danced during the annual Dance and Music Festival of Chennai, India. The theme proposed to the artists for this Natya Kala Conference held at Krishna Gana Sabha is: "When parallels meet" and the title of his lecture: "The unlikely encounters".
Source: Studio of the Golden Hand
Author, filmmaker and video artist Charles Picq (1952-2012) entered working life in the 70s through theatre and photography. A- fter resuming his studies (Maîtrise de Linguistique - Lyon ii, Maîtrise des sciences et Techniques de la Communication - grenoble iii), he then focused on video, first in the field of fine arts at the espace Lyonnais d'art Contemporain (ELAC) and with the group « Frigo », and then in dance.
On creation of the Maison de la Danse in Lyon in 1980, he was asked to undertake a video documentation project that he has continued ever since. During the ‘80s, a decade marked in France by the explosion of contemporary dance and the development of video, he met numerous artists such as andy Degroat, Dominique Bagouet, Carolyn Carlson, régine Chopinot, susanne Linke, Joëlle Bouvier and regis Obadia, Michel Kelemenis. He worked in the creative field with installations and on-stage video, as well as in television with recorded shows, entertainment and documentaries.
His work with Dominique Bagouet (80-90) was a unique encounter. He documents his creativity, assisting with Le Crawl de Lucien and co-directing with his films Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux and 10 anges. in the 90s he became director of video development for the Maison de la Danse and worked, with the support of guy Darmet and his team, in the growing space of theatre video through several initiatives:
- He founded a video library of dance films with free public access. This was a first for France. Continuing the video documentation of theatre performances, he organised their management and storage.
- He promoted the creation of a video-bar and projection room, both dedicated to welcoming school pupils.
- He started «présentations de saisons» in pictures.
- He oversaw the DVD publication of Le tour du monde en 80 danses, a pocket video library produced by the Maison de la Danse for the educational sector.
- He launched the series “scènes d'écran” for television and online. He undertook the video library's digital conversion and created Numeridanse.
His main documentaries are: enchaînement, Planète Bagouet, Montpellier le saut de l'ange, Carolyn Carlson, a woman of many faces, grand ecart, Mama africa, C'est pas facile, Lyon, le pas de deux d'une ville, Le Défilé, Un rêve de cirque.
He has also produced theatre films: Song, Vu d'ici (Carolyn Carlson), Tant Mieux, Tant Mieux, 10 anges, Necesito and So schnell, (Dominique Bagouet), Im bade wannen, Flut and Wandelung (Susanne Linke), Le Cabaret Latin (Karine Saporta), La danse du temps (Régine Chopinot), Nuit Blanche (Abou Lagraa), Le Témoin (Claude Brumachon), Corps est graphique (Käfig), Seule et WMD (Françoise et Dominique Dupuy), La Veillée des abysses (James Thiérrée), Agwa (Mourad Merzouki), Fuenteovejuna (Antonio Gades), Blue Lady revistied (Carolyn Carlson).
Source: Maison de la Danse de Lyon
Artistic direction / Conception : Elisabeth Petit
Choreography : Priyadarsini Govind et Elisabeth Petit
Interpretation : Priyadarsini Govind et Elisabeth Petit
Set design : Claire Vialon
Text : Elisabeth Petit
Original music : Rajkumar Bharati
Live music : Chant : Preethy Maheshwar / Nattuvangam : Sajilal Kalathil Narayanan / Mridangam : Saktivel Subramaniam / Violon : Sigamani Natarajan
Lights : Claire Vialon