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 to 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 (alternating)
Séline Gülgönen (clarinet, accordion, percussion), Jean Lucas (trombone, accordion, percussion), Simon Plane (trumpet, accordion, percussion), Lionel Riou (trumpet, accordion, percussion)
Lighting: 1 sound director (alternating)
Nicolas Dalban–Moreynas, Thibault Moutin Sound: 1 lighting director (alternating)
Frédéric Laügt, Yaniz Mango, Corentin Vigot
Costumes: Zoé Caugant
Sound effect machines: Léo Maurel
Distribution: Christelle Lechat
With help from: Baptiste Bouquin (outside ear), and Jean–Yves Pénafiel (outside eye)
Also thanks to: Francine Benotman, Jacques Bouault, Stéphane Revelant 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 (to the right)

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 September 17 to 19, 2021

2020 / 2021

Natchav
Saint-Michel-sur-Orge (91 - FR)
Espace Marcel Carné, with the cultural center Pablo Picasso of La Norville
From September 27 to 28, 2020
Natchav
Le Grand-Quevilly (76 - FR)
Théâtre Charles Dullin
Oct. 9, 2020
Natchav
Montbéliard (25 - FR)
MA Scène Nationale
From November 04 to 6, 2020
RESCHEDULED SHOW
Natchav
Château-Gontier (53 - FR)
Le Carré, scène nationale
From November 10 to 12, 2020
RESCHEDULED SHOW
Natchav
Gradignan (33 - FR)
Théâtre des Quatre Saisons
From November 22 to 23, 2020
RESCHEDULED SHOW
Natchav
Saint-Genis-Laval (69 - FR)
La Mouche
From December 10 to 11, 2020
RESCHEDULED SHOW
Natchav
Évry (91 - FR)
Théâtre Ephémère, scène nationale de l’Essonne
From January 07 to 8, 2021
RESCHEDULED SHOW
Natchav
Huningue (68 - FR)
Le Triangle, as part of the Festival Compli’Cité with Momix
Jan. 22, 2021
RESCHEDULED SHOW
Natchav
Luxembourg
Les Rotondes
From February 04 to 6, 2021
Natchav
Juvisy-sur-Orge (91 - FR)
Les Bords de Scènes, Espace Jean Lurçat
Feb. 12, 2021
RESCHEDULED SHOW
Natchav
Herblay (95 - FR)
Théâtre Roger Barat
From March 01 to 2, 2021
RESCHEDULED SHOW
Natchav
Cormeilles-en-Parisis (95)
Théâtre du Cormier
From March 05 to 6, 2021
RESCHEDULED SHOW
Natchav
Saumur (49 - FR)
Théâtre Le Dôme
March 12, 2021
RESCHEDULED SHOW
Natchav
Creil (60 - FR)
La Faïencerie, scène conventionnée
From April 07 to 9, 2021
RESCHEDULED SHOW
Natchav
Pantin (93 - FR)
Salle Jacques Brel - As part of the Biennale internationale des arts de la marionnette 2021
From May 07 to April 8, 2021
CANCELLED SHOW
Natchav
Jouy-le-Moutier (95 - FR)
Théâtre de Jouy
May 21, 2021
CANCELLED SHOW
schedule: Friday 21st at 2.30 pm & 8.30 pm
Natchav
Creil (60 - FR)
La Faïencerie, scène conventionnée
From June 16 to 18, 2021
schedule: Wednesday 16th at 8.30 pm - Thursday 17th at 10 am & 2.30 pm - Friday 18th at 10 am
Natchav
Lieusaint (77 - FR)
Théâtre-Sénart, scène nationale
From June 23 to 26, 2021
schedule: Wednesday 23rd at 3 pm - Thursday 24th at 10 am & 2.30 pm (school) - Friday 25th at 10 am & 2.30 pm (school) - Saturday 26th at 18h

2019 / 2020

Natchav
Dunkerque (59-FR)
End of residency performance / Théâtre La Licorne
Oct. 31, 2019
Natchav
Nevers (58 - FR)
Maison de la Culture de Nevers Agglomération (first)
From December 02 to 3, 2019
Natchav
Laval (53 - FR)
Le Théâtre, scène conventionnée de Laval
From December 10 to 11, 2019
Natchav
Dijon (21 - FR)
La Minoterie, scène conventionnée Art, enfance et jeunesse
Jan. 17, 2020
Natchav
Strasbourg (67 - FR)
TJP, CDN Strasbourg - Grand Est
From January 31 to Feb. 6, 2021
Natchav
Fosses (95 - FR)
Espace Germinal, with Théâtre Sarah Bernhardt of Goussainville
From February 24 to 25, 2020
Natchav
Garges-lès-Gonesse (95 - FR)
Espace Lino Ventura
Feb. 28, 2020
Natchav
Chalon-sur-Saône (71 - FR)
Espace des arts, scène nationale
From March 09 to 10, 2020
Natchav
Saint-Michel-sur-Orge (91 - FR)
Espace Marcel Carné, with centre culturel Pablo Picasso La Norville
From March 22 to 23, 2020
RESCHEDULED SHOW
Natchav
Jouy-le-Moutier (95 - FR)
Théâtre de Jouy
March 27, 2020
RESCHEDULED SHOW
Natchav
Herblay (95 - FR)
Théâtre Roger Barat
From April 02 to 3, 2020
RESCHEDULED SHOW
Natchav
Bourgoin-Jallieu (38 - FR)
Théâtre Jean Vilar, scène Rhône-Alpes, with le Vellein, scènes de la CAPI
From April 14 to 16, 2020
CANCELLED SHOW
Natchav
Le Grand-Quevilly (76 - FR)
Théâtre Charles Dullin
April 28, 2020
RESCHEDULED SHOW
Natchav
Noisiel (77 - FR)
La Ferme du Buisson, scène nationale de Marne-la-Vallée
From May 05 to 7, 2020
RESCHEDULED SHOW
Natchav
Guyancourt (78 - FR)
La Ferme de Bel-Ebat
From May 15 to 16, 2020
RESCHEDULED SHOW