Homemade Theatre



HOMEMADE THEATRE is an in-situ theatre-dance-video performance in Santhali, Hindi, Bengali, English and French involving seven Santhal, one Bengali and one French artist from Trimukhi Platform. They explore the possibilities offered by the building they work in front of, or well inside — that is to say: the building they make their home, using its wall surfaces for video projections, its angles and corners for body movements, its floors for proclaiming texts by philosopher Gilles Deleuze, writer Peter Handke and novelist Gao Xingjian. First sketched outdoor, in the garden of French Institut, New Delhi on 31.01.2019 during La Nuit des Idées and indoor, at Ashoka University on 01.02.2019, HOMEMADE THEATRE was premiered in Borotalpada village on 02.03.2019 during Night of Theatre n°11 in front of a majestic mud house recently built in the Santhal village. The performance was showcased again on 19.03.2019 in front of the Centre for Adivasi Studies and Museum, Vidyasagar University. It was finally showcased five times inside Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata, in the entrance hall, corridor, library and terrace, from 19.03.2019 to 28.08.2019, within the framework of Five Million Incidents, 2019-2020 supported by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan in collaboration with Raqs Media Collective.



the performance at goethe-institut




the open discussion at goethe-institut (after the performance)




HOMEMADE THEATRE theatre of presenting

directed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier in collaboration with Sukla Bar Chevallier and Dhananjoy Hansda performed and lighted by Sumita Besra, Dhananjoy Hansda,  Joba Hansda, Chintamoni HansdaRamjit HansdaSukul HansdaSalkhan Hansda and Surojmoni Hansda texts by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, Peter Handke and Gao Xingjian bengali  translation by  Sukla Bar Chevallier hindi translation by Pami Brahma santhali translation by Dhananjoy Hansda and Motilal Hansda video projections and sound design by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier recorded reading by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier and Guy-André Lagesse Ruma Soren produced by Sukla Bar Chevallier for Trimukhi Platform supported by Institut Français India, Ashoka University, Vidyasagar University and Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata in collaboration with Raqs Media Collective within the framework of Five Million Incidents, 2019-2020


premiered on March 7, 2019 in front of a majestic mud house in Borotalpada village during Night of Theatre n°11, the performance was showcased again outdoor on March 19, 2019 in front of the Museum of Tribal Cultures at Vidyasagar University and indoor at Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata from August 21 to August 28, 2019 during Five Millions Incidents, 2019-2020

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the performance in borotalpada village



more about night of theatre n°11


February 2019 Borotalpada village, sometimes late in the afternoon: Jean-Frédéric Chevallier, Dhananjoy Hansda, Dulal Hansda, Joba Hansda, Ramjit Hansda, Salkhan Hansda and Sukul Hansda rehearsed Homemade Theatre in front of Motilal and Falguni Hansda‘s majestic new build  mud house.


Still February 2019, same Borotalpada village, but another day,  late in the afternoon: Sumita Besra and Ramjit Hansda tried a new combination of movements, different  from what they settled to do in New Delhi in the Garden of  French Institut for La Nuit des idées 2019.



first sketch of the performance at institut français




first video projected during the performance





second video projected during the performance





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