The Night of Theatre n°7 took place on 15th February 2014 at Trimukhi Cultural Centre. Artists from Paris, Bogotá, Kolkata, Mexico city and Borotalpada village presented outside the Centre theatre, dance and music performances as well as an experimental film. Two of the performances were the result of a 12 day rehearsals process together with 15 villagers. A little more than 350 people were sitting on the floor outside Trimukhi Cultural Centre to see the night program. 61 of them came by bus from Kolkata (India: 52, France: 7, Poland: 1, USA: 1) and around 300 were from Borotalpada village and the surrounding tribal area. Journalist Mohua Das reported the event for The Telegraph: “There was something magical about making one’s way through the backwoods with torchlights and settling down on the ground under the open skies, feeling the caress of a wintry breeze and watching performances in the dark — imaginative and untamed.” Singer-songwriter Neel Adhikari, who came to present the film for which he had done the music, described his experience: “After the long journey our sense of disorientation was pushed to the limit with the experimental theatre but it was great. The way they used the existing nightscape of the village with a couple of lights and props as the stage was amazingly innovative. And there was a constant effort to tickle the senses….”
WITH Jean-Frédéric Chevallier [Paris, Kolkata] Samantak Das [Kolkata] Cuqui Jerez [Madrid, Berlin] André-Éric Létourneau [Montréal] Patrice Maniglier [Paris] Yazel Parra Nahmens [Caracas, Barcelona] Sukla Bar [Kolkata] Bhudray Besra [Chaulbata village] Motilal Hansda [Borotalpada village] Surujmoni Hansda [Borotalpada village] Chandrai Murmu [Bhangabhandh village] Sunandan Roy Chowdhury [Kolkata]
PRESENTED BY Trimukhi Platform, Institut Français in India AND French Embassy in India IN PARTNERSHIP WITH Alliance Française du Bengale, Ecole des Médias de l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Acción Cultural Española AC/E, MACE, Hexagram
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THE NIGHT IN DETAILS
SANTHAL WELCOME santhal dance and music
production PATHORBANDH & BELAJHUR SANTAL VILLAGES coordination PIRU HEMBROM [IN] musicians RUNDU Ι MIRJA IVONDOR ITUNO I THOPO I RAMSAI I KUNU I JAMAI I SUKUL I BABLU I DASO I JOGA I KISUN I BARTANG I KUBU I ARJUN I PIRU I KARAN I GORA I SEVAL HEMBROM I LAL SOREN I RAHIM HANSDA [IN] dancers SOMBARI I GURUBARI I MALOTI I SEFALI I HATOM I MIAYABOTI I RATI I PAYO HEMBROM I SUMI SOREN I PUTLI SOREN I MAIMO BESRA I CHITA HANSDA I MONIMALA HANSDA I SARNO HANSDA I FULMONI HANSDA [IN] + SURUJMONI HANSDA I PINI & SUMI SOREN I CHOMKI HANSDA I JOBA HANSDA [IN]
In his brief essay With Dance Today In India?, Jean-Frédéric Chevallier observed: “Santal dance is fascinating. It produces a sort of quiet excitation. There is a terrible force in it but exercised in a sweet manner. And it would be difficult to explain where it comes from. Is it the rhythm? Is it the group togetherness? Is it the repetition of the same steps with slight and progressive accelerations and modifications that makes the same other? It could seem that nothing changes but at the same time eyes never get tired of watching the uninterrupted displacement of the women dancers.
PER RUPTAM SILVAM theatre of presenting
production TRIMUKHI PLATFORM text I video I direction JEAN-FRÉDÉRIC CHEVALLIER [FR] collaboration SUKLA BAR CHEVALLIER [IN] I SANDRA GOMEZ [CO] sound creation ROGELIO SOSA [MX] additional texts “NATYASASTRA” by B. [IN] I “A GREEK STORY” BY MARC HATZFELD [FR] lighting set-up CHANDRAI MURMU [IN] lighting team SUNY PRASUN BOR I DHANANJOY HANSDA I SALKHAN HANSDA I BHIMCHARAN HANSDA [IN] technical assistants ARNAB BANERJEE I HIMADRI MONDAL [IN] with SUKLA BAR CHEVALLIER I SANDRA GOMEZ I JOBA HANSDA I MARC HATZFELD I RAÏMA MONDAL I CHANDRAÏ MURMU I PINI SOREN [IN] in video SHREYA MALLICK [IN]
Per Ruptam Silvam was the result of two weeks rehearsals process in the tribal village of Borotalpada, West Bengal, India, with a dancer came from Bogotá (Sandra Gomez), a peasant from a nearby village (Chandrai Murmu) and a young schoolgirl living in Borotalpada (Pini Soren), a Bengali social worker (Sukla Bar) and a French theatre director living in Kolkata (Jean-Frédéric Chevallier), and an anthropologist from Paris (Marc Hatzfeld). Five village youth and one more from the city (Sunny Prosun Bor, Dhananjoy Hansda, Bhimcharon Hansda, Salkhan Hansda, Himadri Mondal, Arnab Banerjee) were ensuring the lighting, soundscapes and video projections.
MOTUS KINESIS PART 2 – SERENDIPITY dance-theatre
production TRIMUKHI PLATFORM [IN] I CONACULTA FONCA [MX] conception I choreography SANDRA GOMEZ [CO] music and sound design ANDRES SOLIS [MX] assistant director and translator ARNAB BANERJEE [IN] lighting set-up CHANDRAI MURMU [IN] dancers SUNY PRASUN BOR I SANDRA GOMEZ I CHOMKI HANSDA I SALKHAN HANSDA I DHANANJOY HANSDA I RAÏMA MONDAL [IN]
Motus Kinesis Part 2 – Serendipity was the result of a two weeks rehearsals process in the tribal village of Borotalpada, West Bengal, India, a mysterious dance-theatre performance with Santhal and Bengali dancers, a Mexican sound composer and a Colombian choreographer, a kind of love declaration…
KOROM NAACH santhal dance and music
production PATHORBANDH & BELAJHUR SANTAL VILLAGES coordination PIRU HEMBROM [IN] musicians RUNDU I MIRJA IVONDOR ITUNO I THOPO I RAMSAI I KUNU I JAMAI I SUKUL I BABLU I DASO I JOGA I KISUN I BARTANG I KUBU I ARJUN I PIRU I KARAN I GORA I SEVAL HEMBROM I LAL SOREN I RAHIM HANSDA [IN] dancers SOMBARI I GURUBARI I MALOTI I SEFALI I HATOM I MIAYABOTI I RATI I PAYO HEMBROM I SUMI SOREN I PUTLI SOREN I MAIMO BESRA I CHITA HANSDA I MONIMALA HANSDA I SARNO HANSDA I FULMONI HANSDA [IN]
EXTRACT FROM RANAN REPERTOIRE contemporary and kathak dance***
production RANAN [IN] artistic direction VIKRAM IYENGAR [IN] dancers JAYATI CHAKRABORTY I AMLAN CHAUDHURI I RHEA DAS I VIKRAM IYENGAR I DANA ROY [IN] ***= interrupted by the rain after 10 minutes
DINER cooked by Buddhadev Das
TASHER DESH / THE LAND OF CARDS film projection***
production OVERDOSE I NFDC I ANURAG KASHYAP FILMS I DREAM DIGITAL INC. [IN] I ENTRE CHIEN ET LOUP [FR] direction Q. [IN] photography MANU DACOSSE [FR] featuring musicians ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION I SUSHEELA RAMAN I SAM MILLS I ERIC TRUFFAZ [FR] I MOOG CONSPIRACY I ANUSHEH I SAHANA BAJPAI I JENS CHR. BUGGE WESSELTOFT I TANMOY BOSE I JIVRAJ SINGH I DIEGO I NEEL ADHIKARI I MITI ADHIKARI I ARIJIT CHAKRABORTY I SETH BLUMBERG I ESME FOLLEY I NIRMALYA DE BISWAS I MAINAK NAG CHOUDHURY [IN] with JOYRAJ BHATTACHARJEE I RII SEN I SOUMYAK KANTI DE BISWAS I ANUBRATA BASU I TILLOTAMA SHOME I TINU VERGHESE I IMAAD SHAH I MAYA TIDEMAN I ROXANE HAUZEUR I AUDREY MIRAS I CHRISTINA BRITTO I DEBORSHI BARAT I SIKAAN DEROUGE I NINO JAYAKODI I NALIN LUSENA I WATHSALA RANASHINGHE I SAYANI GUPTA I ARIJIT DUTTA [IN] ***= interrupted by the rain after 1 hrs. 15 minutes
The film was introduced by Audrey Miras, Rii Sen and Joyraj Bhattacharjee (actors), Devika Dave (Production Designer) and Neel Adhikari (Co-Producer of the music).
ABOUT THE ARTISTS PARTICIPATING
Q is a film maker that no Bengali newspapers can still understand. MARC HATZFELD is an anthropologist turned actor. ROGELIO SOSA and ANDRES SOLIS are astonished noise makers. VIKRAM IYENGAR is a choreographer jumping from kathak to contemporary dance and back. SANDRA GOMEZ is a dancer used to doing non-dance dance. TIRU HEMBRON is a musician when not a farmer. SUKLA BAR CHEVALLIER is a post-modern social worker. TIBRU MURMU is a musician when not taking care of cows. JEAN-FREDERIC CHEVALLIER is a theatre director when not a philosopher. CHUMKI HANSDA is a contemporary dancer when not trying to make a living collecting leaves in the nearby jungle.