Night of Theatre n°11, the eleventh edition of an amazing night-long festival of contemporary performing and collaborative arts, took place on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at and around Trimukhi Cultural Centre in the Santhal tribal village of Borotalpada, West Bengal, India. Three French and South African artists from Les Pas Perdus, Marseille, a Japanese choreographer based in Bruxelles and all the performers from Trimukhi Platform prepared in situ sound, dance and dance-theatre-video performances as well as gigantic art installations. To make things different this year, the night of theatre began at day time: audience was invited to a surprising afternoon walk through the village and the surrounding deforested forest (called for this occasion “the bonsai jungle”). The conversation after Night of Theatre n°11 took place at Alliance Française du Bengale on March 6, 2019.



For the launch of the new issue of its yearly publication on contemporary arts practices, Trimukhi Platform presents a performative and poetical reading in English, French, Santhali and Bengali time to time combined with video art projections. The event is concluded by a lively interaction so to convince you that FABRIQUE DE L’ART is something not only mandatory but also enjoyable to read. After Kolkata in December 2018,  and New Delhi in February 2019, the theatrical book launch will take place in Paris in June 2019.




On the occasion of La Nuit des idées 2019, Trimukhi Platform proposed two dance-theatre-video interventions in situ, in the garden of Institut Français, New Delhi, on January 31, 2019. The tittle was: You feel the flow stoping inside, then starting again, going straight, bending, turning and drawing circles and finally being appeased. It is neither images nor sounds but a rhythm that in moments simulates both at the same time. Only then you begin to perceive the city, the village, to dream your house…





Trimukhi Platform has celebrated ten years already. 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.




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. And no one comes back unaltered from Borotalpada village. 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 Platform 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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