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Bengali art producer Sukla Bar, French stage director and video art maker Jean-Frédéric Chevallier and Santhal dance-theatre performer Joba Hansda believe in diversity, in the beauty of putting together differences. On the seashore of Bay of Bengal, they rehearsed and filmed Let It Be, a new video dance piece (or a film-theatre or a screen-dance, depending on your vocabulary preferences) that weaves together contemporary performing arts outdoor and cinematographic experimentation for online viewers, a way to share the surprising aesthetic effects that combining different present elements and enhancing the strength of each unexpectedly bring up. Supported by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), it was the first time Sukla Bar, Jean-Frédéric Chevallier and Joba Hansda work only the three of them on a new art piece. The film editing took place in Kolkata over a month and the avant-première on Trimukhi Platform Youtube channel from May 11 to May 21, 2021. Let It Be was then part of the video-dance installation Los indios también hace teatro at the Ex-presidencial Palace in Mexico city from May 28 to June 6, 2021.
LET IT BE video dance
composed by Sukla Bar, Jean-Frédéric Chevallier, Joba Hansda • directed & filmed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier • performed by Joba Hansda • produced by Sukla Bar for Trimukhi Platform • text by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier • bengali translation & french reading by Sukla Bar • santhali translation & bengali-santhali readings Joba Hansda • video editing & sound design Jean-Frédéric Chevallier • in complicity with Sukla Bar • in collaboration with Joba Hansda • costume Jean-Frédéric Chevallier, Joba Hansda • hair & style Sukla Bar • music extract “Concerto in A minor” by Antonio Vivaldi (transcription by J.S. Bach) interpreted by Munich Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra & Pierre Cochereau (courtesy of archive.org) • artistic inputs Promila Bar, Susmit Biswas, Marie-Laurence Chevallier, Joseph Danan, Ruchama Noorda • logistic support Lucy Besra, Kabita Lindenmeyer • supported by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) • co-produced by the Metropolitan University of Mexico city (UAM – Cuajimalpa)
Sukla Bar born in a tiny Bengali village very closed to the Bay of Bengal. After getting two Bachelor degrees, studying Indian tabla percussion, heading first a home for students from disadvantaged villages of Bengal, then a Non Formal Education and International Child Development Program on alternative education for children from tribal areas, working in Chicago (USA), in migrant children’s homes, resuming her studies to obtain from Indira Gandhi National University a Master in Social Work, her path in life changed again once she co-founded Trimukhi Platform and became art producer of all the events and artworks done by the tribal organisation.
Born in Borotalpada tribal village, India, Joba Hansda prefers to be an “actress” and a “contemporary dancer” to anything else, which she is doing already since more than 12 years. That is to say: the first time she performed with Trimukhi Platform, she was 7 years old. Apart from Jean-Frédéric Chevallier and Sukla Bar, she has performed also with Japanese Ikue Nakagawa, Canadian André-Eric Létourneau, Mexican Héctor Bourges and Karla Rodriguez. Next December, she will be rehearsing with French and Senegalese choreographer Amala Dianor. This year, she is also in-charge of Trimukhi Cultural Centre in Borotalpada tribal village.