Alliance Française of Madras
with the support of
Institut Français,
Oman Air as Airline Partner,
Saint-Gobain as AFM Gold Sponsor,
The Park, Chennai as Hospitality Partner and as Online Partner

present a dance performance by French Dance Company CFB 451




Date : May 31, 2016

Venue : Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, Chennai

Time : 7:00 pm

Entry free and open to all ! Free passes available on



Based on the book La forêt de Racine by Mélusine Thiry

Racine is not like other little boys, no one has noticed that a forest has grown inside his head. Fleeing from a hostile grandmother and traumatic daily life, he runs into it to take refuge. It is in this encroaching forest, which changes with his emotions, that the little boy sets off on the most surprising adventures, gradually tracing a path that leads him back to himself.
The Ben Aïm brothers interweave their creative ideas with the unique imagination of the author, illustrator and videographer Mélusine Thiry. The scenography and video projections take the audience on a poetic journey between virtual images and bodies in motion, immersing them into a world that is as moving as it is extraordinary.

Artistic team and partners:

Choreography and set design : Christian and François Ben Aïm
Performance : Grégoire Puren or Lee Davern, Gill Viandier or Vincent Delétang
Videos : Mélusine Thiry
Music : Jean-Baptiste Sabiani
Lights : Laurent Patissier
Costumes : Dulcie Best
Lighting director : Laurent Patissier or Patrice Pépin
Sound and videos production : Luc Béril or Sébastien Teulié
Actor film : Aurélie Berland
Voice-over : Fanny Eidel – Biju-Duval, Christian Ben Aïm
Production : CFB 451
Coproductions : Espace 1789 – Saint-Ouen / Théâtre de Rungis / Accueil studio CCN de Roubaix Nord Pas de Calais – Carolyn Carlson
Support : Atelier de Paris – Carolyn Carlson
Choreographic residency : Vélo Théâtre – Apt