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 – Pays de 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
Herblay (95 - FR)
Théâtre Roger Barat as part of the Festival Les Marmots
From September 10 to 11, 2021
schedule: Friday 10th at 7 pm - Saturday 11th at 11 am
Natchav
Charleville-Mézières (08 - FR)
Festival mondial des théâtres de marionnettes
From September 17 to 19, 2021
Natchav
Cormeilles-en-Parisis (FR - 95)
Théâtre du Cormier
From October 08 to 9, 2021
schedule: Friday 8th at 10 am & 2.15 pm (school) - Saturday 9th at 4.30 pm
Natchav
Noisiel (FR - 77)
La Ferme du Buisson, scène nationale de Marne-la-Vallée
From October 21 to 22, 2021
schedule: Thursday 21st at 2.30 pm (school) - Friday 22nd at 8 pm
Natchav
Forbach (FR - 57)
Festival franco-allemand Loostik
From November 09 to 10, 2021
schedule: Tuesday 9th at 10 am & 2.30 pm (school) -Wednesday 10th at 10 am (school) & 7 pm
Natchav
Gradignan (33 - FR)
Théâtre des Quatre Saisons, Scène Conventionnée d'intérêt national « Art et Création »
From November 19 to 20, 2021
schedule: Friday 19th at 2.30 pm (school) - Saturday 20th at 7 pm
Natchav
Chevilly-Larue (94 - FR)
Théâtre Chevilly-Larue André Malraux
From December 02 to 3, 2021
schedule: Thursday 2nd at 2.30 pm (school) & 8.30 pm - Friday 3rd at 10.30 am & 2.30 pm (school)
Natchav
Vendôme (41 - FR)
L'Hectare
From December 07 to 8, 2021
schedule: Tuesday 7th at 7 pm - Wednesday 8th at 10.30 am (school)
Natchav
Montbéliard (25 - FR)
MA Scène Nationale, Pays de Montbéliard
From December 15 to 17, 2021
schedule: Wednesday 15th at 7 pm - Thursday 16th at 10 am & 2.15 pm (school) - Friday 17th at 10 am & 2.15 pm (school)
Natchav
Saint-Genis-Laval (69 - FR)
La Mouche
From January 13 to 14, 2022
schedule: Thursday 13th at 2.30 pm (school) - Friday 14th at 2.30 pm (school) & 7.30 pm
Natchav
Huningue (68 - FR)
Le Triangle, as part of the Festival Compli’Cité with Momix
Jan. 21, 2022
schedule: Friday 21st at 2 pm (school) & 8 pm
Natchav
Abon-sur-Seine (91 - FR)
Les Bords de Scènes, Espace Alain-Poher
From February 18 to 19, 2022
schedule: Friday 18th at 2 pm (school) - Saturday 19th at 4 pm
Natchav
Bourges (18 - FR)
Maison de la Culture de Bourges
From March 29 to 31, 2022
schedule: Tuesday 29th at 2.30 pm (school) & 8 pm - Wednesday 30th at 10 am (school) & 8 pm - Thursday 31st at 10 am (school)
Natchav
Château-Gontier (53 - FR)
Le Carré, scène nationale
From April 07 to 8, 2022
schedule: Thursday 7th at 2.15 pm (school) & 8.30 pm - Friday 8th at 10 am & 2.15 pm (school)
Natchav
Guyancourt (78 - FR)
La Ferme de Bel Ebat
From April 21 to 23, 2022
schedule: Thursday 21st at 9.45 am & 2.15 pm (school) - Friday 22nd at 9.45 am & 2.15 pm (school) - Saturday 23rd at 6 pm
Natchav
Dunkerque (59 - FR)
Le Bateau Feu, scène nationale
From April 27 to 30, 2022
schedule: Wednesday 27th at 3 pm - Thursday 28th at 2.30 pm (school) - Friday 29th at 2.30 pm (school) & 8 pm - Saturday 30th at 5 pm
Natchav
Dieppe (76 - FR)
DSN, Dieppe scène nationale
May 10, 2022
schedule: Tuesday 10th at 2 pm (school) and 8 pm
Natchav
Nîmes (30 - FR)
Théâtre de Nîmes Bernadette Lafont / Odéon
From May 18 to 20, 2022
schedule: Wednesday 18th at 6 pm - Thursday 19th at 10 am & 2.30 pm (school) - Friday 20th at 10 am & 2.30 pm (school)
Natchav
Saumur (49 - FR)
Théâtre Le Dôme
June 2, 2022
schedule: Thursday 2nd at 2.30 pm (school) & 8 pm
Natchav
Schaan (Liechtenstein)
The Dak
From June 22 to 23, 2022
schedule : Wenesday 22th at 6 pm / Thursday 23 th at 10 am & 2.30 pm

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
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 6 pm

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