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Ministry of Arts and Culture

Training in performing Arts continues to be given locally by Arts Officer who prepare the different categories of participants viz. at the primary school, the secondary school and the National levels. The Drama Festival is organised in the following languages: - English, French, Creole, Bhojpuri, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telegu, Urdu and Mandarin.
The Rules and Regulations of the National Drama Festivals are as follows:
ELIGIBILITY
1. All Groups/ Clubs/ Associations/ Colleges are eligible for participation. Participants in the festival should be of Mauritian Nationality or should have resided in Mauritius for an aggregate of not less than 15 months during the two years prior to the date of entry.
2. (a) Plays may be staged in the following languages:
English, French, Creole, Bhojpuri, Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Telegu, Marathi and Mandarin
(b) This competition is held on language basis. Actors will not be eligible to compete for a prize if they do not perform in the language in which the play is presented.
3. Groups/ Clubs/ Organisations/ Colleges/ Participants shall not enter plays (irrespective of the language) which they have staged (irrespective of the place and context) within a period of 3 years prior to the festival.
4. Individual participants in the National Drama Festival can take part in only one play per language. There is no age limit to participation.
5. (a) In the event that an actor/actress is incapacitated, the participating group will be allowed to replace him/her by one of the substitutes whose names have been specified in the entry form. The names of two substitutes should be entered in the participation form.
(b) The actor/actress who has been replaced by a substitute at the preliminaries shall not be allowed to perform at the Final.
6. (a) One clean copy of the text of the play shall accompany every entry. Entries which do not comply with this rules or are incomplete shall not be valid.
(b) No play shall be entered to the Festival without obtaining prior approval of this Ministry.
(b) shall not apply to plays:
(c) Rule 6
(i) which have been staged in the Festival during the 3 years prior to the entry;
(ii) written by authors of International renown.
7. A beginner group is one which is participating for the first time and whose participants have never previously participated in any drama festival organised by the Ministry.
CENSORSHIP
8. The text of each play chosen for participation in the Festival will have to be seen by the Script Committee of its respective linguistic group and will be subject to approval by the Boar of Film and Stage Play Censors par GROUP.
RESPONSIBILITY
9. It is the responsibility of each participating group to ensure that
The lights are correctly set;
The curtain is raised and lowered at the proper time;
The scenery is correctly set and dismantled within the allocated time.
10. Plays should normally last between 35 minutes and 55 minutes. A play lasting less than 30 minutes or more than 60 minutes shall be disqualified.
11. (a)The allocated time for putting up and dismantling of the set is 10 minutes and 5 minutes respectively
(b) Delays beyond the allocated time shall be taken into account for adjudication and may cause the group to be penalised. The penalty will be a deduction of marks.
STAGES
12. A full dress rehearsal shall be held at least two days prior to the performance in the presence of the responsible officer of the Ministry. Groups not complying with this rule shall be disqualified.
13. (a) All eligible plays will have to be presented at the Preliminaries.
(b) A semi-final, with a maximum of 12 plays, and a minimum of 9 plays may be held if the Adjudicating Panel deems it necessary, but a semi-final shall not be held unless there is a minimum of 25 plays staged in the preliminaries.
14. (a) No FINALs will be held if less than six plays have been staged in the preliminaries.
(b) No FESTIVALs will be held if less than six plays have been registered for the preliminaries.
15. A maximum of three plays will be selected for the Finals.
16. For each stage of the Festival, the Stage Controller shall be responsible for all matters relating to the stage in its widest sense and his decision shall be final and binding for all participants.
17. (a) For each language there shall be a Drama Committee which shall be responsible for the organisation of the Festival.
(b) The National Drama Coordinating Committee shall be responsible for the coordination and supervision of the Drama Festivals held in all languages.
(c) Members of the National Drama Coordinating Committee shall include the chairperson of the Drama Committee in each language.
FACILITIES
18. (a) Participating teams will be provided with a curtained stage and normal lights, but they may themselves provide additional lighting and other effects as they may consider necessary.
(b)Facilities may be provided for the transportation of properties.
ALLOWANCES
19. An allowance of two thousand five hundred rupees will be granted to each participating team and an additional allowance of five hundred rupees to each semi-finalist team.
AWARDS
20. (a) Whenever a substitute has been used by a participating team no individual prizes (apart from Special Jury Award) shall be awarded to the substitute or to the person replaced.
(b) This rule shall not apply when the substitute has performed in all stages of the competition throughout the festival.
21. The prize for the most promising young actor/ actress will be awarded only to one who is participating for the first time in the festival and is under 25 years of age at the date limit of submission of entry. This rule applies to festivals having staged thirteen or more plays during the preliminaries.
22. List of Awards for (6-12 plays)
(a) Best Play
(b) Runner up
(c) Best Actor
(d) Best Actress
(e) Second Best Actor
(f) Second Best Actress
(g) Best Director
(h) Special Prize for Actor under 15 years
(i) Special Prize for Actress under 15 years
(j) Special Prize for Best Beginner Group
(k) Best Set Designer
(l) Best Costume
(m) Special Prize to the Best Play staged in the context of the Senior Citizens' International Year
(n) 2 Special Jury Awards
Note: Special Award for French Drama Festival - RudyLuchmayaAward Special Award for English Drama Festival - Harry Saminaden Award
23. List of Awards for 13 plays or more
(a) Best Play
(b) Second Best Play
(c) Third Best Play
(d) Best Actor
(e) Best Actress
(f) Second Best Actor
(g) Second Best Actress
(h) Best Director
(i) Second Best Director
(j) Special Prize for the most promising Young Actor
(k) Special Prize for the most promising Young Actress
(l) Special Prize for Actor under 15 years
(m) Special Prize for Actress under 15 years
(n) Special Prize for Best Beginner Group
(o) Best Set Designer
(p) Best Costume
(q) Special Prize to the Best Play staged in the context of the Senior Citizens' International Year
(r) Special Jury Awards
Between 13 and 25 plays: 4 Special Jury Awards
26 plays and more: 6 Special Jury Awards
Note:
(i) Special Award for French Drama Festival - Rudy Luchmaya Award
(ii) Special Award for English Drama Festival - Harry Saminaden Award
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Animation et coordination des activités dans le domaine de l'Art Dramatique.
La coopération pédagogique et artistique: -
  • La formation;
  • Les échanges Inter collèges;
  • La création et les échanges entre équipes artistiques.
La Formation comporte plusieurs volets: -
  • L'éveil;
  • La decontraction;
  • L'expression corporelle;
  • La diction;
  • L'articulation des textes;
  • L'improvisation;
  • Travail de textes;
  • Scénographie
  • L'administration, gestion et organisation des oeuvres de création.
Les échanges inter collèges se présentent le plus souvent sous la forme d'une participation au Festival d'Art dramatique organisé par le ministère des arts et de la culture.
Le développement des activités théatrale au sein de collèges doit être un support considérable pour préparer des élèves à entrer dans le monde professionnel, par la prise de conscience et la responsabilité qui incombe à chaqe élève impliqué dans une oeuvre de création.
La création et les échanges entre équipes artistiques est le meilleur moyen pour permetter nos metteurs en scènes d'approfondir les connaissances techniques et artistiques afin de faire évoluer l'art dramatique dans ses formes les plus diverses tant par les différents styles que par l'approche psychologique des créateurs.
L'éveil permet aud jeunes des écoles primaire de découvrir par l'activités artistique le monde des sens, des émotions et de l'esthétique.

COURS D'ART DRAMATIQUE
Décontraction - expression corporelle - diction - articulation - improvisation - travail de textes - scénographie
La décontraction permet, par des exercices simples d'être réceptif au travail.
L'expression corporelle permet une prise de conscience de la place de chacun dans un espace donné.
La diction fait acquérir une aisance parfaite dans le mécanisme du verbe et l'art du bien dire.
L'articulation permet de corriger les défauts de prononciation (blèsement, grasseyement, bégaiement, nasillement).
L'improvisation des exercices sur des sujets à thème d'après des situations données qui peuvent aboutir à un travail de création.
Travail de textes choix d'auteurs dans le répertoire français et étranger
Scénographie concerne toutes les techniques de la scène (régie, lumière, son, décors, costumes).
Le but est d'aboutir à la professionnalisation pour ceux qui en montreraient le désir.
Le travail technique, le fait de former, d'initier, de faire découvrir aux élèves des auteurs classiques et contemporains, de provoquer et susciter des vocations d'ordre divers tendant vers une socialisation et une prise de conscience du rôle de chaque individu au sein d'une société et de l'épanouissement qui en découle permet de réguler tous les débordements provoqués par le désoeuvrement et l'ennui.