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Water puppetry

Water puppetry

Water puppetry (Múa rối nước) – A Vietnamese tradition of water puppetry, the puppets being made out of wood and lacquered. – Its name meaning “Making puppets dance on water”.

Múa rối nước - Une tradition vietnamienne de marionnettes sur eau, les marionnettes étant en bois et laquées. - Son nom signifie « Faire danser les marionnettes sur l'eau ».

Wayang Kulit

Wayang Kulit

Wayang kulit - A form of traditional puppet-shadow play in Indonesia - Intangible Heritage of Humanity 2003 – “… Renowned for its elaborate puppets and complex musical styles, this ancient form of storytelling originated on the Indonesian island of Java. For ten centuries wayang flourished at the royal courts of Java and Bali as well as in rural areas. Wayang has spread to other islands (Lombok, Madura, Sumatra and Borneo) where various local performance styles and musical accompaniments have developed.”

Wayang kulit - Théâtre de marionnettes traditionnel en Indonésie - Patrimoine immatériel de l'humanité 2003 – « Réputée pour ses marionnettes ouvragées et la complexité de ses styles musicaux, cette forme ancienne de narration a vu le jour sur l’île indonésienne de Java. Pendant dix siècles, le wayang s’est épanoui dans les cours royales de Java et de Bali, ainsi qu’en milieu rural. Il s’est répandu dans d’autres îles (Lombok, Madura, Sumatra et Bornéo) où divers styles locaux d’interprétation et d’accompagnement musical se sont développés. »



Famadihana - A funerary tradition from the 17th century held in Madagascar once every seven years, said as the turning of the bones. By this tradition, the family members bring forth the corpses of their ancestors from the tombs, wrap them in fresh cloth and start dancing around before to the crypts.


Famadihana - Une tradition funéraire du XVIIe siècle, célébrée à Madagascar tous les sept ans, connue comme "le retournement des morts". Selon cette tradition, les membres de la famille sortent les cadavres de leurs ancêtres des tombes, les enveloppent dans un tissu propre et commencent à danser avant de les redéposer dans les cryptes.

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How ‘secret burials’ in South Africa could help tackle Covid-19′

“A ban on large funerals in South Africa has forced people to give up many traditions, but they have also rediscovered old ones, including "secret burials", as the BBC's Pumza Fihlani reports from Johannesburg. When a family is bereaved, people will travel long distances to attend both the funeral and the days of ritual in the run-up. These include repeatedly visiting the family at home to pay respects and to lend a helping hand with the preparations. Livestock also needs to be slaughtered in order to feed the anticipated guests, the cooking needs to be done, often at close quarters, and in rural areas, the grave needs to be dug, with people sometimes sharing the same pick and shovel. (…) In a bid to find an alternative and safer way to bury relatives, AmaMpondomise King Zwelozuko Matiwane issued a ban on all funeral services in his kingdom with the aim of re-introducing the ancient practice of ukuqhusheka, or secret burial. “When following this custom [of ukuqhusheka] this means people are called on to bury either on the same or the next day and with only those who were present at the time of passing,” he tells the BBC. “By returning to this ancient practice this would mean only immediate family members will able to bury a person. After the burial, the family would still be able to hold an intimate customary cleansing ceremony when they return from the burial site,” explains Mr Ranuga. These ceremonies are done through a ritual offering to cleanse the family of a “dark cloud of death”. They are usually private affairs with only close family present.” (AFP – 2020-08)


Múa rối nước is a Vietnamese tradition of puppetry meaning “Making puppets dance on water”. (Vietnamese lg, Vietnamese wr)

Múa rối nước est une tradition vietnamienne de marionnettes qui signifie « Faire danser les marionnettes sur l'eau ».

What is theatre? How to define it? Greek theatre or Wayang Kulit, Nô or Comedia dell'arte, Beijing Opera or Shakespearean stage, how have cultures & societies approached theatre? What place has it occupied in the representation of the human or divine world, the events that take place there, or their interpretation? How does the evolution of theatre forms tell the story? What is the presence of theatre in the digital age? (to be completed)

Qu’est-ce que le théâtre ? Comment le définir ? Théâtre grec ou Wayang Kulit, Nô ou Comedia dell’arte, Opéra de Beijing ou scène shakespearienne, comment les cultures & sociétés ont-elles appréhendé le théâtre ? Quelle place a-t-il occupée dans la représentation du monde humain ou divin, des événements qui s’y déroulent, ou leur interprétation ? Comment l’évolution des formes de théâtre en racontent-elles l’histoire ? Quelle est la présence du théâtre à l’ère numérique ?... (à compléter)

Awa Odori

Awa Odori

Awa Odori 阿波踊り Awa Dance Festival
The largest in Japan
During August
Part of the Obon festival お盆

With the sounds of shamisen 三味線, taiko 太鼓, shinobue 篠笛 and kane 鉦
In traditional costumes
Singing and dancing
People known as ren 連 go through the street


Every two years, the traditional ritual of the Bamoun Kingdom, named ‘nguon’, is held in the city of Foumban. (Bamoun lg, Bamoun wr)

Tous les deux ans, le rituel traditionnel du Royaume de Bamoun, nommé «nguon», a lieu dans la ville de Foumban.

What does "assembling" mean? How do living things assemble? With what rules - or not? What do human beings place in them in terms of purpose, need, power?? How is the digital world changing the game? What can we expect from the new assemblies in relation to the challenges of our time? ... (to be completed)

Que signifie "s'assembler" ? Comment les êtres vivants s'assembent-ils ? Avec quelles règles - ou non ? Qu'y placent les êtres humains en termes de finalités, de besoin, de pouvoir... ? Comment le numérique change-t-il la donne ? Que peut-on attendre des nouvelles assemblées par rapport aux défis de notre temps ? ... (à compléter)

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