10 years anniversary celebration

In 2018, Trimukhi Platform celebrates ten years. Click here to (re)discover some moments and events of this singular and joyous adventure that began with a few Santhal dance steps, one morning of August 2008, in the village of Borotalpada.



জল ই জীবন । La vie dans l’eau

Premiered on January 27, 2018 during Night of Theatre n°10 • La Nuit des Idées, the new theatre performance by Trimukhi Platform takes place in the waters of a lake at the outskirts of Borotalpada village. With 23 performers, multi video-projections and words whispered in Santhali, French, Bengali and English, the work will be showcased again on November 3, 2018 on the occasion of the 10 Years Anniversary Celebration.






The Night of Theatre n°9 • La Nuit des idées, a night-long festival of contemporary performing arts and inventive thought, took place on Saturday 28th January 2017 at Trimukhi Cultural Centre in the Santhal tribal village of Borotalpada, West Bengal, India. Artists and scholars from Kolkata, Paris, Madrid and Montréal, together with Santhal actors, dancers and musicians both showcased in situ performances and evolved in stimulative conversations about art and thought. The night-long program ended with a joyful multicultural dance party.




About Trimukhi Platform

by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier

Partly inspired by the thinking of Gilles Deleuze, the conviction that inhabits us at Trimukhi Platform is the following: in order to produce art and thought today, with quality, rigour and relevance, we need diversity, human and social diversity. For when art creation today consists in disposing of differences, combining them to produce original potentials (aesthetic effects), the notion of social action changes meaning: in order to expand the possibilities of heterogeneous combinations, it is important to put different human worlds into contact – and, as a result, to nurture social links. Similarly, while thought generation – through the reinvention of terminology – promotes continual questioning of practices, it requires, to attain a level of relevance, diversity in points of view and experiences. Here again, ‘others’ are necessary.

what global art might look like

I didn't expect what I found in Borotalpada Santhal village during Night of Theatre 9 • La Nuit des Idées. And surprise is the true sign of an experience. Trimukhi Platform is not simply a theatre company; it is the set up for a total experience. It constantly interrogate those who go through it about what they are actually attending to.

No one comes back unaltered from Borotalpada.

Trimukhi Platform is made for that: so that differences are no longer given borders between already existing groups, but lines of fault that traverse each one of us. In a globalised world, Trimukhi Platform represents an alternative to the standardised devastation of the world. Not because it vindicates the purity of each particularity; Trimukhi does not bother with authentic ethnicity and what it offers, as I have said, could very well exist in Avignon or Wuppertal. But it creates a common ground that is not preempted by one interpretation. For this reason we can say it is really “global”. The global is not one and the same reality for everyone. The global is what we have to share and that in which we have to replay our differences. I think I have witnessed maybe for the first time in my life, in the small village of Borotalpada, in West Bengal, what global art of the future might look like.


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