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    Block your dates next weekend, as Benoit Olivier, the director of Alliance Francaise, is ready with three big acts. Starting with Illusions on Black Top a�� a light-hearted show by a French theatre company, Aristobulle, is on October 17. The husband-wife duo, Renauld de Swetschin and Francois, are known for their theatrical performances, with characters who incorporate magic tricks in the plot.

    They are bringing their act as part of a India tour a�� Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Allahabad and Kolkata. Coming to Chennai this weekend, the highlight of the event is when Renauld has his wife floating in the air on the tip of a stick. Next in line is a Bharatanatyam performance, Scent of the Earth, by renowned danseuse, Alarmel Valli on October 18. The performance is a celebration of nature, a tribute to the dynamic and creative interdependence between the innner and outer worlds. Olivier promises a jazz piano performance by Madhav Chari on October 19. The artiste will present the compositions of big artists like Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker. a�?I will be playing like the artists you see in New York. I hope to play the best and with integrity,a�? says Chari.

    At Alliance Francaise, October 17 to 19, 7.30 pm. Details: 28271477

    a��Mrinalini Sundar



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