Natchav

Natchav

the show

Premiered in December 2019 at La Maison de la Culture de Nevers Agglomération

Shadow and music theatre
all ages (8 years and older)

At the first light of dawn, the Natchav circus arrives in town. Soon, the first blows of the sledgehammer ring out, and the sound of the immense canvas whipping through the air can be heard as it unfurls along the tent poles being hoisted towards the sky. But the town’s authorities oppose this new arrival... The circus performers resist; an acrobat is arrested and a whole world becomes imprisoned.

Natchav, meaning “to go away, to run away” in Rromani, recounts the adventures of a circus that — to remain free — defies every rule, including the laws of gravity.
Like a film shot live, this shadow theatre production combines visuals and music to invent its own language as it plays with the codes of the circus and cinema. Mixing reality and fantasy, Natchav is a taste of freedom.

The Team

Idea and design: Les ombres portées
Manipulation and lights: 4 puppeteers (alternating)
Margot Chamberlin, Erol Gülgönen, Florence Kormann, Frédéric Laügt, Marion Lefebvre, Christophe Pagnon, Claire Van Zande
Music and sound effects: 2 musicians playing live
Séline Gülgönen (clarinet, accordion, percussion), Jean Lucas (trombone, accordion, percussion), Simon Plane (trumpet, accordion, percussion)
Lighting: Nicolas Dalban–Moreynas and Thibault Moutin (alternating)
Sound: Frédéric Laügt and Corentin Vigot (alternating)
Costumes: Zoé Caugant
Distribution: Christelle Lechat
Outside eye: Christophe Pagnon
With help from: Baptiste Bouquin (outside ear), Léo Maurel (sound effect machines), Jean–Yves Pénafiel (outside eye)
Also thanks to: Marco Benigno, Antonin Boischot, Jacques Bouault, Stéphane Relevant and Elsa Vanzande
We dedicate this show to Olivier Cueto, a member of the company who passed away in March 2020. He imagined, created and performed this show with us until the very end.

The Exhibition

The Creation of Shadows
an exhibition based on the show Natchav

It took three years to produce the show Natchav. This exhibition presents a collection of drawings and photographs that retrace the journey of this adventure — from the conception of the story to the creation of the sets.

Selection of images from the exhibition (opposite)

For an overview of the full exhibition, download the PDF below

partners

Co–production partners:
Maison de la Culture de Nevers Agglomération
La Minoterie, Scène convention Art, Enfance, Jeunesse, Dijon
Le Théâtre, scène conventionnée de Laval
Théâtre–Sénart, scène nationale
TJP, CDN Strasbourg – Grand Est

Artist residencies:
Espace Périphérique – Mairie de Paris – Parc de la Villette
Festival Momix and the CREA, scène conventionnée Jeune Public d’Alsace, Kingersheim
La Fabrique, Messeugne
La Faïencerie, Théâtre de Creil
La Ferme du Buisson, scène nationale de Marne–la–Vallée
La Fonderie, Le Mans
La Maison des Enfants du Quercy, Le Bouyssou
Le TANDEM, scène nationale, Arras–Douai
Le Tas de Sable, Amiens
MA scène nationale, Montbéliard
Théâtre La Licorne, Dunkerque

Artistic grants:
Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication – DRAC Île–de–France – Région Île–de–France

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2021 / 2022

Natchav
Charleville-Mézières (08 - FR)
Festival mondial des théâtres de marionnettes
From 17 to Sept. 19, 2021

2020 / 2021

Natchav
Saint-Michel-sur-Orge (91 - FR)
Espace Marcel Carné, with the cultural center Pablo Picasso of La Norville
From 27 to Sept. 28, 2020
Natchav
Le Grand-Quevilly (76 - FR)
Théâtre Charles Dullin
Oct. 9, 2020
Natchav
Montbéliard (25 - FR)
MA Scène Nationale
From 4 to Nov. 6, 2020
DEFFERED SHOW
Natchav
Château-Gontier (53 - FR)
Le Carré, scène nationale
From 10 to Nov. 12, 2020
DEFFERED SHOW
Natchav
Gradignan (33 - FR)
Théâtre des Quatre Saisons
From 22 to Nov. 23, 2020
DEFFERED SHOW
Natchav
Saint-Genis-Laval (69 - FR)
La Mouche
From 10 to Dec. 11, 2020
DEFFERED SHOW
Natchav
Évry (91 - FR)
Théâtre Ephémère, scène nationale de l’Essonne
From 7 to Jan. 8, 2021
DEFFERED SHOW
Natchav
Lieusaint (77 - FR)
Théâtre-Sénart, scène nationale
From 13 January to April 16, 2021
DEFFERED SHOW
Natchav
Huningue (68 - FR)
Le Triangle, as part of the Festival Compli’Cité with Momix
Jan. 22, 2021
DEFFERED SHOW
Natchav
Luxembourg
Les Rotondes
From 4 to Feb. 6, 2021
Natchav
Juvisy-sur-Orge (91 - FR)
Les Bords de Scènes, Espace Jean Lurçat
Feb. 12, 2021
DEFFERED SHOW
Natchav
Herblay (95 - FR)
Théâtre Roger Barat
From 1 to March 2, 2021
DEFFERED SHOW
Natchav
Cormeilles-en-Parisis (95)
Théâtre du Cormier
From 5 to March 6, 2021
DEFFERED SHOW
Natchav
Saumur (49 - FR)
Théâtre Le Dôme
March 12, 2021
DEFFERED SHOW
Natchav
Creil (60 - FR)
La Faïencerie, scène conventionnée
From 7 to April 9, 2021
DEFFERED SHOW
Natchav
Pantin (93 - FR)
Salle Jacques Brel - As part of the Biennale internationale des arts de la marionnette 2021
From 07 May to April 8, 2021
CANCELED SHOW
Natchav
Jouy-le-Moutier (95 - FR)
Théâtre de Jouy
May 21, 2021
schedule: Friday 21st at 2.30 pm & 8.30 pm
Natchav
Creil (60 - FR)
La Faïencerie, scène conventionnée
From 16 to June 18, 2021
schedule: Wednesday 16th at 8.30 pm - Thursday 17th at 10 am & 2.30 pm - Friday 18th at 10 am