Strange Vortex - অবাকঘূর্ণি - March 08
অবাকঘূর্ণি (Strange Vortex)
Performance by Gidree Bawlee children’s team led by Sumi Rani
Duration : 20 minutes
The performance is developed from Sumi’s experience in France and her training with Laurie Cannac.
Inspired by this work, the GidreeBawlee children’s team has expanded it into a collaborative piece exploring the societal constraints on imagination and freedom.
Drawing from their own experiences and realities, the children add a unique layer to the performance.
Road to a Book - February 15
Join us for an exclusive event at Alliance Française de Dhaka, where we will be hosting a media briefing and a book unveiling ceremony.
Dr. Mahbubur Rahman, the author of the captivating travel memoir “L’État, c’est moi,” will be presenting his work.
We are honored to have esteemed guest speakers: Mr. Mustafa Mamun, Prof. Monirul Islam, and Faruk Wasif, who will share their insights on this remarkable book.
The event will take place on Thursday, February 15 at 4pm in the Auditorium, La Nouvelle Vague, Alliance Française de Dhaka, Dhanmondi Branch.
Mr. François Grosjean, the Director of Alliance Française de Dhaka, will be chairing the session.
Don’t miss this opportunity to delve into the rich history and culture of France through the eyes of Dr. Mahbubur Rahman.Open to all
Music of the Mind - Feb 17
Invisible Stories - Laurie Cannac - April 20
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.
Calendar of the production and activities:
1️⃣ In October 2022, a workshop held, and a number of selected Bangladeshi artists participated after workshop at “Wolfed down” event staged at Shilpakala.
2️⃣ From June to September 2023, Laurie had invited a young puppeteer named Summi to participate in various workshops and festivals in France.
3️⃣ On March 8, 2024, Summi and her puppet group will perform at Alliance francaise.
4️⃣ In April 2024, the performances of “Wolfed down” will take place at Shilpakala, Dhaka, Bangladesh and in India.
5️⃣ Rehearsals for “Invisible Stories” will be held in May / June 2024.
6️⃣ In July 2024, Invisible Stories will be showcased at Shilpakala.
7️⃣ Following that, European Tour will be organized.
BEYOND THE GAZE - Mar 22
BEYOND THE GAZE is an exhibition followed by a six-month workshop that welcomes young photographers and lens-based artists from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
The workshop was led by:
- Soumya Sankar Bose (India)
- Ashfika Rahman (Bangladesh)
Workshop partners are:
1️⃣ Alliance Française de Dhaka (Bangladesh)
2️⃣ The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (India)
3️⃣ Photo South Asia, an initiative of the Murthy NAYAK Foundation (India)
This workshop engages participants in discussion that explores photography as a social tool. This workshop is dedicated to exploring different narratives from individual and collaborative vantage points. Participants are challenged to create a different narrative – one that not only records but also addresses a deep understanding of possibilities, where the entire community is included as collaborators.
The exhibition will be open to all at La Galerie till Friday, 5 April 2024.
Visiting Hours: Monday to Saturday from 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Contemplation - Feb 24
‘ CONTEMPLATION – A group of 15 participants from diverse backgrounds attended a photography course conducted by internationally renowned photographer and educator, Abir Abdullah, at the Alliance Francaise de Dhaka.
Upon completing the course, they are ready to showcase their 15 photo stories (150 photos) titled ‘CONTEMPLATION’- on various topics, including contemporary social issues, stories of marginalized communities, self-reflection, climate issues, and more. Each photographer has chosen a personally significant topic to them and will display their unique abilities in capturing images.
The exhibition will be open to all at La Galerie till Wednesday, 28 February 2024.