Renowned French playwright, screenwriter, author, actor and raconteur par excellence, Jean-Claude Carrière gives Houston audiences a simple but powerful, one-man rendition of the story of Mahabharata, in the style of the old wandering minstrels of India. Jean-Claude Carrière’s name figures in the list of the greatest storytellers of our time with a prolific body of work spanning six decades. Jean-Claude Carrière is an Academy Award winning scriptwriter and director for over 170 films including The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Chinese Box.He is a celebrated playwright with works including The Mahabharata and the Conference of the Birds, an adaptation of a 10th century Sufi poem.

The two thousand plus year old story of the Mahabharata, one of India’s greatest epics, passed down to us in a classical canon of Sanskrit verses, over 100,000 stanzas long, is a story of cosmic significance. Rich in lore and legend, episode and detail, family histories, myth and fable, the Mahabharata is unique in its breadth of vision. The authorship of The Mahabharata is attributed to Sage Vyaasa, himself a character in the epic, who dictated the story to his scribe, Lord Ganesha.

Jean-Claude Carriére spent eleven years in India, tracing the Mahabaharata’s roots in civilization, geography and its relevance in modern India. His nine-hour magnum opus, The Mahabharata, opened in 1985 under the stellar direction of his lifetime collaborator Peter Brook and an international cast, and quickly became a watershed moment in theatrical history across the Western world.


Begins at 7pm. Event is free but limited seating is available. 


Jean-Claude Carrière has acted in 80 films and TV series including Dairy of a Chambermaid, Jaya Ganga and The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Jean-Claude Carrière’s litany of awards include four Academy nominations and one Oscar, four BAFTA nominations for Best Screenplay and two Awards, and numerous others, including a Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival. Carrière is an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest honor.

The Menil Collection 1515 Sul Ross St Houston, TX 77006

A Modern Vyaasa: Jean-Claude Carrière and The Mahabharata

When
Mar 11-12, 2013
Where
The Menil Collection
1515 Sul Ross St
Houston, TX 77006

 

Renowned French playwright, screenwriter, author, actor and raconteur par excellence, Jean-Claude Carrière gives Houston audiences a simple but powerful, one-man rendition of the story of Mahabharata, in the style of the old wandering minstrels of India. Jean-Claude Carrière’s name figures in the list of the greatest storytellers of our time with a prolific body of work spanning six decades. Jean-Claude Carrière is an Academy Award winning scriptwriter and director for over 170 films including The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Chinese Box.He is a celebrated playwright with works including The Mahabharata and the Conference of the Birds, an adaptation of a 10th century Sufi poem.

The two thousand plus year old story of the Mahabharata, one of India’s greatest epics, passed down to us in a classical canon of Sanskrit verses, over 100,000 stanzas long, is a story of cosmic significance. Rich in lore and legend, episode and detail, family histories, myth and fable, the Mahabharata is unique in its breadth of vision. The authorship of The Mahabharata is attributed to Sage Vyaasa, himself a character in the epic, who dictated the story to his scribe, Lord Ganesha.

Jean-Claude Carriére spent eleven years in India, tracing the Mahabaharata’s roots in civilization, geography and its relevance in modern India. His nine-hour magnum opus, The Mahabharata, opened in 1985 under the stellar direction of his lifetime collaborator Peter Brook and an international cast, and quickly became a watershed moment in theatrical history across the Western world.


Begins at 7pm. Event is free but limited seating is available. 


 

Jean-Claude Carrière has acted in 80 films and TV series including Dairy of a Chambermaid, Jaya Ganga and The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Jean-Claude Carrière’s litany of awards include four Academy nominations and one Oscar, four BAFTA nominations for Best Screenplay and two Awards, and numerous others, including a Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival. Carrière is an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest honor.

 

 

 

 

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