In this contemporary dance project, the French artist Cécile Loyer weaves together the stories and the histories of dance.

“Histoires Vraies” is, first and foremost, an enquiry into the origins of movement and how movements are passed on. Having been introduced to bharathanatyam, Cécile Loyer creates a mix contrasting two different traditions and their use of the body.
On the stage, 2 Indian dancers and 2 European dancers turn themselves into witnesses and narrators of their own stories. This bizarre, often funny, chaos of gestures narrates our  ‘collective history’ and tries to capture the essence of what dance is  and to see whether movements, gestures and signs can help us discover other versions of history – less tangible but more moving ?


Histoires vraies (True story) questions, above all, the origin of movement and its transmission.

After several visits to Chennai, South India, and his encounter with Bharatanatiyam, Cécile Loyer combines two highly different traditions and conceptions of body. For one tradition, the body is a receptacle of history, carrying forward traces; for the other, it is a ‘forgetter’ (Salman Rushdie). Histoiresvraiestries to reinvent dance based on these perspectives from two cultures.

On stage, two Indian dancers and two European dancers will testify and narrate their stories to shift, move and change roles… This chaos of movements that seems to come from everywhere and nowhere is strange and sometimes funny, and makes us feel our collective history. Through signs, poses and representations, can dance reveal different conceptions of history, conceptions that are less perceptible but more significant?

Choreography : Cécile Loyer
Dancers : Vijna Vasudevan, Renjith Babu, Mai Ishiwata & Steven Hervouet
Music : Sylvain Chauveau

Date : Tuesday 4th July 2017, from 7.30pm

Location : Ravindra Bharathi main auditorium

Entry : Free and open to all