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Rehearsed and premiered amidst a mohua grove on the outskirts of Borotalpada tribal village, 220 km southwest of Calcutta, the piece opens up a perspective in which unexpected aesthetic juxtapositions of the human and the non-human are not only concretely possible, but also deeply enjoyable: actors, dancers, animals, insects, trees, sky and water are all participants of AT THE BEGINNING OF SPRING WAR WAS OVER — they are all part of what the philosopher Bruno Latour would have called “agency distribution”.

 

 


AT THE BEGINNING OF SPRING WAR WAS OVER dance-theatre-video

directed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier  in collaboration with Sukla BarDhananjoy Hansda • performed by Joba HansdaRamjit HansdaSalkhan HansdaSukul HansdaSurujmoni Hansda • with the participation of Dhananjoy HansdaDelko HansdaFalguni HansdaPanmoni HansdaParboti HansdaMado HembromMinakshi TuduAntonio Zúñiga • text, video projection, sound design and light design Jean-Frédéric Chevallier  music excerpts Laurent Garnier, Steve Reich • recorded voices Ruchama NoordaSurujmoni Hansda • text translation into bengali Sukla Bar • text translation into santhali Sumita Besra • team coordination Dhananjoy Hansda • technical crew Dulal HansdaJiten HansdaRobi Hansda • electrical and light set-up Sukul Hansda • construction of the scenography Dhananjoy Hansda, Jiten Hansda, Salkhan Hansda, Sukul Hansda artistic inputs Friso Maecker, Ruchama Noorda, Antonio Zúñiga  stills photography of the night performance and poster picture Juan Carlos Rodriguez • produced by Sukla Bar for Trimukhi Platform filmed version co-produced by the Department of Performing Arts from Ashoka University


First presented on March 7, 2020 during Night of Theatre n°12, AT THE BEGINNING OF SPRING WAR WAS OVER was going to be performed in Mexico in October 2020. But, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the journey and the shows have been canceled. Instead, the filmed version of the stage work, lying somewhere in between screen dance and cinematographic theatre, inaugurates from Friday October 23 to Sunday October 24 the Monsoon semester performance series organised by the Department of Performing Arts from Ashoka University.

 

 

FILMED VERSION OF THE SHOW

 

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VIDEO PROJECTIONS DURING THE PERFORMANCE

 

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STILLS PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE PREMIÈRE

 

(stills photography of the night performance: Juan Carlos Rodriguez)

 

 

TRIMUKHI PLATFORM

 

Born in 2008 in Borotalpada, a village near the border between Bengal and Orissa in India, Trimukhi Platform is dedicated to producing contemporary arts forms, building bridges between distant worlds and stimulating the invention of out-of-the-common thought. The collective brings together 18 families in this Santhal village (Santhal are a community of Adivasi, or “first inhabitants” – aborigines – of India) around theatre director and philosopher Jean-Frédéric Chevallier and art producer Sukla Bar.