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Invisible Stories - By Laurie Cannac - 06 & 07 October

Oct 06, 2024 – Sep 30, 2025

Alliance Française de Dhaka, Dhanmondi and Bangladesh Shilpokala Academy

Invisible Stories - By Laurie Cannac - 06 & 07 October

Invisible Stories

By Laurie Cannac and a team of Bangladeshi artists


Bangladesh, a country impacted by historical events like the partition of 1947 and the war of 1971, possesses a rich thousand-year-old history that explores the connection between humans and the mystical realm. This heritage is preserved through oral traditions which reflect the present world, historical disruptions, and the fragile unity of Bengali culture.


In her immersive experience in Bangladesh, including workshops, meetings, and the Faim de loup show, Laurie Cannac encountered Bangladeshi stories and artists, deeply moved by their resilient positivity. Inspired by this, she aims to showcase their vitality, humor, and adaptability in a unique production called Invisible Stories. Drawing from the diverse oral traditions that encompass all religious communities, ghost stories, and other supernatural elements, Laurie has formed a team of three versatile actors-dancers-singers to create this multidisciplinary project.


Through a collection of traditional Bengali ghost stories, the artists will reimagine Dhaka, their city-megalopolis, by submerging it in a surreal and dreamlike world. This creative process aims to find explanations for the city’s challenges, such as its notorious traffic, by attributing them to the rural exodus of tree ghosts. The coexistence of the ancient and modern will be portrayed as walls supported by specialized ectoplasm.


Furthermore, the production will allude to historical ghosts, like ghost trains inspired by the tragic passengers of the 1947 convoys. Additionally, the exploration of personal ghosts, intertwined with Jung’s collective unconscious, will add depth to the relationships between the characters. The technical aspects of the production will emphasize the representation of the invisible through various means, including play, movement, objects, and body puppetry.

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Please find the details of this project “Invisible Stories” / Projet artistique Histoires Invisibles:


Project “Invisible Stories” 🇬🇧

Projet artistique “Histoires Invisibles” 🇫🇷

Calendar of the production and activities 2024-2025:


1️⃣ In May 20 – August 20, Actors will rehearse for ‘Invisible Story’ from May 20 to the second week of August 2024 at Al-Alliance Française Gulshan and Dhanmondi center.


2️⃣ From Last week of August 2024, the technical show will take place at Studio Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the last week of August 2024. (not open for audiences)


3️⃣ From September 16 to Spetember 26, the second rehearsal is scheduled for the final show.


4️⃣ In October 06 and 07, to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of Alliance Française de Dhaka, “Invisible Stories” will be staged on October 6th and 7th, 2024 at Experimental Theatre Hall, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.


Show Schedule


🎭 06 October 2024 at 7:00 pm


🎭 07 October 2024 at 7:00 pm


5️⃣ Tour of performance In October and November 2024, there will be a tour all over Bangladesh, mainly in Khulna and Satkhira.


6️⃣ In April 2025, there will be a performance in Paris during Bangladeshi Art Week. (yet to be confirmed)


7️⃣ In September 2025, there will be participation in the International Puppet Festival in Charleville-Mézières, France.

Laurie Cannac

Laurie Cannac

Laurie Cannac

Laurie Cannac is a solo puppeteer, who acquired her basic training at the Théâtre-Ecole du Passage of Niels Arestrup and Alexandre del Perugia, and completed it, on the advice of the latter, by going to learn her trade as a puppeteer in the street, in direct contact with the public.


In 1997, she founded the Graine de Vie company to offer a very physical puppet theater, full of energy, emotions and surprises, which continually questions the puppet and its relationship with the actor-manipulator to mix them in a poetic universe.



Workshop organized in October 2022

'Wolfed Down' a theatrical performance by Laurie Cannac; Staged at Shilpakala Academy on October 2023

Wolfed Down’ a theatrical performance by Laurie Cannac; Staged at Shilpakala Academy on October 2023

Press coverage of “Wolfed Down” a theatrical performance by Laurie Cannac; Staged at Shilpakala Academy on October 2023
Credit: The Business Standard

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