NIGHT OF THEATRE n°12, the twelfth edition of the unusual night-long festival of contemporary (i.e. which work to ensure that combinations of differences produce aesthetic consistencies), performing (i.e. which operate here and now), and collaborative (i.e. which call upon the involvement of each and every one) arts that Trimukhi Platform organises yearly took place on Saturday March 7, 2020 in the tribal village of Borotalpada (West Bengal, India). On the programme: a dance and music show, two dance-theatre-video performances in two different locations at the edge of the village, a shorter experimental theatre piece, a sound and visual installation, an happening with action painting and unexpected poetry, a conversation-interaction with the local audience, a midnight dinner and a multicultural dance party. The event concluded around 7 am with the passage of a solitary and old elephant. At the helm of this crazy thing: the entire Trimukhi Platform creative team, a bunch of guests, all renown artists, thinkers and directors of Arts Centres from Mexico, Germany, The Netherlands, France and India, anxious to put in question their practice, as well as 18 families from Borotalpada, quite very used to prepare and enjoy such a unique event.
PRESENTED BY Trimukhi Platform IN PARTNERSHIP WITH Centro Cultural Helénico • Teatro Ojo • Alliance Française du Bengale • MACE WITH THE SUPPORT OF Ministry of Culture of Mexico • Mexican National Fund for Culture and Art [FONCA] • Mondriaan Fund / The Netherlands
⇒ GUESTS • THEATRE Karla Rodriguez [Co-founder of Teatro Ojo] / with the support of Mexican Ministry of Culture • Antonio Zúñiga [director of Centro Cultural Helénico] / with the support of Mexican Ministry of Culture • SOUND ART Andrés Solis / with the support of Mexican National Fund For Culture and Art [FONCA] • INSTALLATION ART Ruchama Noorda / with the support of Mondrian Fund / The Netherlands • PHILOSOPHY ON ARTS Friso Maecker [director of Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata]
⇒ CREATIVE TEAM • Sukla Bar Chevallier ⇒ production and installation art •Jean-Frédéric Chevallier ⇒ dance-theatre direction and video installation • Dananjoy Hansda ⇒ team coordination and installation art • Dhani Hansda ⇒ theatre and technic • Dulal Hansda ⇒ technic • Joba Hansda ⇒ dance and theatre • Ramjit Hansda ⇒ dance and theatre • Salkhan Hansda ⇒ dance, theatre and installation art • Sukul Hansda ⇒ theatre, sound art and lightning • Surojmoni Hansda ⇒ theatre
⇒ LOGISTIC TEAM • Chita Hansda • Dasharothi Hansda • Dhani Hansda • Delko Hansda • Falguni Hansda • Kanai Hansda • Panmoni Hansda • Parboni Hansda • Rotikanto Hansda • Kalichoron Hembrom • Mado Hembrom • Saloti Hembrom • Minaksi Tudu
THE MOMENTS OF THE NIGHT
photographies by Juan Carlos Rodriguez for Trimukhi Platform
with Delko Hansda, Falguni Hansda, Laksmi Hansda, Panmoni Hansda, Parboti Hansda, Mado Hembrom, Minakshi Tudu • santhal ritual coordinator Falguni Hansda • music by Ganesh Hansda, Kapra Hembrom, Tibru Murmu, Bosonto Soren, Subul Soren
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dance & music
with Delko Hansda, Falguni Hansda, Panmoni Hansda, Parboti Hansda, Mado Hembrom, Minakshi Tudu • dance coordinator Falguni Hansda • musicians Ganesh Hansda, Kapra Hembrom, Tibru Murmu, Bosonto Soren, Subul Soren • music coordinator Bosonto Soren
“words of welcome”
by Antonio Zúñiga • Centro Cultural Helénico / Mexico city & Falguni Hansda • Trimukhi Platform / Borotalpada village
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with Joba Hansda, Ramjit Hansda, Salkhan Hansda, Sukul Hansda, Surojmoni Hansda • video projection, light design and stage direction Jean-Frédéric Chevallier / France / India • additional music J-S Bach / Germany and Hubert-Félix Thiéfaine / France • team coordination Dhananjoy Hansda • technical crew Dulal Hansda and Jiten Hansda • construction of the scenography Dhananjoy Hansda, Salkhan Hansda, Sukul Hansda • produced by Sukla Bar Chevallier for Trimukhi Platform • filmed version co-produced by Danse Élargie 2020 (Théâtre de la Ville, Paris)
AT THE BEGINNING OF SPRING WAR WAS OVER
with Joba Hansda, Ramjit Hansda, Salkhan Hansda, Sukul Hansda, Surojmoni Hansda and the participation of Dhananjoy Hansda, Delko Hansda, Falguni Hansda, Panmoni Hansda, Parboti Hansda, Mado Hembrom, Minakshi Tudu • text, video projection, sound design and stage direction Jean-Frédéric Chevallier / France / India • translation into bengali Sukla Bar Chevallier • translation into santhali Sumita Besra • additional music Laurent Garnier / France and Steve Reich / USA • recorded voices Joba Hansda, Ramjit Hansda, Salkhan Hansda, Surojmoni Hansda, Ruchama Noorda / The Netherlands • light design Sukul Hansda • team coordination and technic direction Dhananjoy Hansda • technical crew Dulal Hansda, Jiten Hansda, Robi Hansda • construction of the scenography Dhananjoy Hansda, Salkhan Hansda, Sukul Hansda • produced by Sukla Bar Chevallier for Trimukhi Platform • filmed version co-produced by the Department of Performing Arts from Ashoka University
আগ্নেয়গিরিছেলে• VOLCANO BOY
action painting & poetry
text Antonio Zúñiga / Mexico • performed by Falguni Hansda, Mado Hembrom, Antonio Zúñiga / Mexico • singing by Delko Hansda, Panmoni Hansda, Parboti Hansda • light design Sukul Hansda • translation into Bengali Sukla Bar & Jean-Frédéric Chevallier • produced by Trimukhi Platform
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art & sound installation
coordination Salkhan Hansda • designed and built by Dhananjoy Hansda, Salkhan Hansda, Sukul Hansda • preparatory workshop Ruchama Noorda / The Netherlands • sound composition Sukul Hansda, Andrés Solis / Mexico • produced by Sukla Bar Chevallier for Trimukhi Platform
directed by Karla Rodriguez [Teatro Ojo] / Mexico • in collaboration with Héctor Bourges [Teatro Ojo] / Mexico • with Joba Hansda, Ramjit Hansda, Salkhan Hansda, Surojmoni Hansda • technic by Dulal Hansda • produced by Sukla Bar Chevallier for Trimukhi Platform and Teatro Ojo / Mexico
conversation-interaction with audience
with Friso Maecker • Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata, Karla Rodriguez • Teatro Ojo / Mexico, Antonio Zúñiga • Centro Cultural Helénico / Mexico • moderator Jean-Frédéric Chevallier • Trimukhi Platform • translation
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THE DISCOVERY OF A NEW DISH DOES MORE FOR HAPPINESS OF THE HUMAN KIND THAN THE DISCOVERY OF A STAR
cooked by Kalicharam Hembrom, Mirja Hembrom, Jodu Mahali, Robi Murmu for Trimukhi Platform • organised by Sumita Besra, Dhani Hansda, Delko Hansda, Falguni Hansda, Kanai Hansda, Laksmi Hansda, Panmoni Hansdan, Parboti Hansda, Susila Hansda, Saloti Hembrom • served by the children Bidan Hansda, Budheswar Hansda, David Hansda, Fulgal Hansda • produced by Sukla Bar Chevallier for Trimukhi Platform
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mixed by Trimukhi Platform and the guests • light Sukul Hansda • sound Dhananjoy Hansda, Salkhan Hansda
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AN ELEPHANT PASSES
That was at around 6 am on Sunday March 8. After, everybody went to sleep.
FEEDBACK FROM THE AUDIENCE
This is something that we wanted to see. Heard about it some years back...lost track, dates didn't match...something or the other came in the way...always. But not this time! As soon as the date was announced we registered and last afternoon we were on our way to the tribal village of Borotalpada in Midnapur to experience the Night of Theatre, produced by Trimukhi Platform. And what a mystifying experience it was. It was a magical experience.....unlike anything that I have seen before. I am back in the city....but still under its spell. No questions please....you have to do it...like we did....to know it.
I joined Trimukhi Platform's 12th edition of Night of Theatre in Borotalpada village of Midnapur. It has been the best escape from the claustrophobic banality that is threatening to unhinge our sanity is to immerse yourself in art.....in whatever form. It is soul food for the inner self and a much needed boost for your creative energies.
THE 2019 PREPARATIVES FOR THE NIGHT 2020
In November 2019, with the support of Mondriaan Fund, Trimukhi Platform invited Ruchama Noorda (The Netherlands) to share with the Santhal team one of her strategy to put on an art installation. During one week, Budhray Besra, Dhananjoy Hansda, Joba Hansda, Ramjit Hansda, Salkhan Hansda, Sukul Hansda and Surojomoni Hansda worked together with Ruchama. They used paddy straw, clay, water and young bamboo branches, as well as a video projector and two speakers. The aim of this workshop was to open up the field of possibilities for the installation Still and All Remaining Alive, which will be inaugurated during the Night of Theatre n°12.
In November 2019, Budhray Besra, Sukla Bar Chevallier, Jean-Frédéric Chevallier, Dhananjoy Hansda, Joba Hansda, Ramjit Hansda, Salkhan Hansda, Sukul Hansda and Surojmoni Hansda explored the possibilities that offers an open-air quarry located at 1 kilometer from the village. This is where the first part of Trimukhi Platform new dance-theatre-video performance —At The beginning Of Spring War Was Over—will take place on March 7. Part of this performance will be then showcased at Théâtre de la Ville / Paris in June for Danse Elargie 2020.
SOME NIGHTS BEFORE