Night of Theatre n°11, the eleventh edition of an unusual night-long festival of contemporary performing and collaborative arts, will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at and around Trimukhi Cultural Centre in the Santhal tribal village of Borotalpada, West Bengal, India. 4 French artists (Guy-André Lagesse, Nicolas Barthélemy, Dorine Julien and Jérôme Rigaut) from Les Pas Perdus, Marseille, 1 Japanese choreographer based in Bruxelles (Ikue Nakagawa) and 20 performers from Trimukhi Platform (French Jean-Frédéric Chevallier, Bengali Sukla Bar and Santhal Bhudray Besra, Sumita Besra, Dani Hansda, Dhananjoy Hansda, Dulal Hansda, Falguni Hansda, Joba Hansda, Ramjit Hansda, Sukul Hansda, Salkhan Hansda, Surujmoni Hansda, Gurubhari Hembrom) are already preparing in situ sound, theatre, dance or dance-theatre-video performances as well as gigantic art installations so for you to discover during the event. To make things different this year, the night of theatre begins at day time: you’ll be invited to a surprising afternoon walk through the village and the surrounding deforested forest (called for this occasion “the bonsai jungle”). As each year, the festivity ends with a multi-cultural dance party you’ll enjoy too.
> Booking is open online as well as at Alliance française du Bengale (57A Park Street, Park Mansions, Kolkata 16) and MACE (4th Floor, Modern High School for Girls, Syed Amir Ali Avenue, Kolkata 19) • Contribution fee before February 21: INR 2,000 (two thousand Indian rupees only) • Contribution fee after February 21: INR 2,400 (two thousand four hundred Indian rupees only). Tickets include journey from Kolkata, meals and entrance to the festival. Departure from Kolkata on Saturday before noon, coming back in town: Sunday early morning. [The programme may be subject to change without prior notice.]
ARTISTS COLLABORATING TOGETHER
Both organiser and core “artist” of the Night of theatre series, TRIMUKHI PLATFORM is a 10 years old tribal Santhal/Bengali/French organisation dedicated to contemporary arts practices (performing arts, sound, visual and video arts), neighbourhood relations and invention of thought. It was founded in West Bengal, India, by 18 families from the Santhal village of Borotalpada (Motilal and Falguni Hansda, Delko and Kanai Hansda, Mado and Kalicharam Hembrom, Chamru and Sunita Soren, Bhudray and Sumita Besra, among others), a social worker from Kolkata (Sukla Bar) and an out-of-the-ordinary French theatre director and philosopher residing in India (Jean-Frédéric Chevallier). All the activities, the night-long festival of contemporary arts, photography, video and aural art installations, workshops and nightly wanderings in particular, are organised with the villagers and artists invited from Asia, North and South America and Europe. Amongst the 12 members of the directive bureau of Trimukhi Platform in Borotalpada village, the youngest is seven years old and the oldest is 45 years of age.
For NIGHT OF THEATRE n°11, TRIMUKHI PLATFORM proposes four different kind of shows: one directed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier with 20 dance-theatre performers, few domestic animals, investing a majestic mud house recently built in the village and using its façades for video art projections (titled: HOME THEATRE); a happening organised by Joba Hansda at the outskirts of the village; a sound installation designed by Sukul Hansda for a welcome ceremony; Santhal dances performed by the village women coordinated by Falguni and Motilal Hansda.
> watch the video of the recent performance of TRIMUKHI IN BOROTALPADA
Based in the city of Marseille, south of France and constituted by French and South African visual artists, LES PAS PERDUS is part of the collaborative contemporary art movement. Since 1994, in France and Africa, the collective builds art works with occasional artists, that is men and women who have a creative and sensitive relationship with their everyday life. There is no a priori as for the results: care and attention brought to each one and to every situation contribute to the sense of the work. The approach connected with everyday life leans on the dynamics of circumstances, improvisation and relationship, putting forward the ordinary as an inexhaustible poetical potential. One of the definitions of the word “work” is to “bring into play” … Forms follow. Guy André Lagesse, founder and coordinator of the collective visited Borotalpada in November 2018 and explored the possibility that the village brings.
For NIGHT OF THEATRE n°11, LES PAS PERDUS are building, together with the villagers, two gigantic art installations: one along the street crossing the village (titled: THE FLIP FLOP AVENUE OF FANCY HEAD DRESSES) and one in the middle of the elephants corridor (titled: THE MIGHTY GIANT — A SLIGHT APPEARANCE).
> watch the video LES PAS PERDUS IN BOROTALPADA
Born in Japan in 1980 and now living in Belgium, IKUE NAKAGAWA studied dance at Osaka University of Arts, then continued her training at the Choreographic Development Center of Toulouse in France. She worked with choreographer Frank Micheletti and theatre director Pascal Rambert during several years as well as with performance artists Morgan Nardi, Eun Yong Lee and Lorenzo De Angelis. After giving birth to two children, she came back to her field. That was last year, in Borotalpada village, on the occasion of the Night of Theatre n°10 where she participated in 4 dance performances.
For NIGHT OF THEATRE n°11, IKUE NAKAGAWA goes deeper in her collaboration with Trimukhi Platform team: directing a multi-facets trio to be showcased in front of Trimukhi Cultural Centre with Salkhan Hansda, Ramjit Hansda and Joba Hansda (titled: YUTEN) and dancing for an unexpected performative intervention – designed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier — in the middle of a “bonsai” jungle (titled: TYPOLOGY OF THE UNEXPECTEDNESS).
> watch the video IKUE IN BOROTALPADA
CONVERSATION AFTER THE NIGHT 2019
> On March 6, 2019 / 6:30 pm / Alliance Française du Bengale (rooftop)