Rehearsed and premiered amidst a mohua grove on the outskirts of Borotalpada tribal village, 220 km southwest of Calcutta, the piece opens up a perspective in which unexpected aesthetic juxtapositions of the human and the non-human are not only concretely possible, but also deeply enjoyable: actors, dancers, animals, insects, trees, sky and water are all participants of AT THE BEGINNING OF SPRING WAR WAS OVER — they are all part of what the philosopher Bruno Latour would have called “agency distribution”.
AT THE BEGINNING OF SPRING WAR WAS OVER dance-theatre (film)
directed and filmed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier • in collaboration with Sukla Bar, Dhananjoy Hansda • performed by Joba Hansda, Ramjit Hansda, Salkhan Hansda, Sukul Hansda, Surujmoni Hansda • with the participation of Dhananjoy Hansda, Delko Hansda, Falguni Hansda, Panmoni Hansda, Parboti Hansda, Mado Hembrom, Minakshi Tudu, Antonio Zúñiga • text, video projection, sound design and light design Jean-Frédéric Chevallier • music excerpts Laurent Garnier, Steve Reich • recorded voices Ruchama Noorda, Surujmoni Hansda • text translation into bengali Sukla Bar • text translation into santhali Sumita Besra • team coordination Dhananjoy Hansda • technical crew Dulal Hansda, Jiten Hansda, Robi Hansda • electrical and light set-up Sukul Hansda • construction of the scenography Dhananjoy Hansda, Jiten Hansda, Salkhan Hansda, Sukul Hansda • artistic inputs Friso Maecker, Ruchama Noorda, Antonio Zúñiga • stills photography of the night performance and poster picture Juan Carlos Rodriguez • produced by Sukla Bar for Trimukhi Platform • filmed version co-produced by the Department of Performing Arts from Ashoka University
First presented on March 7, 2020 during Night of Theatre n°12, AT THE BEGINNING OF SPRING WAR WAS OVER was going to be performed in Mexico in October 2020. But, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the journey and the shows have been canceled. Instead, the filmed version of the stage work, lying somewhere in between screen dance and cinematographic theatre, inaugurated the Monsoon semester performance series organised by the Department of Performing Arts from Ashoka University from October 23 to October 25, 2020. The film 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.
(stills photography of the night performance: Juan Carlos Rodriguez)
Born in 2008 in Borotalpada, a village near the border between Bengal and Orissa in India, Trimukhi Platform is dedicated to producing contemporary arts forms, building bridges between distant worlds and stimulating the invention of out-of-the-common thought. The collective brings together 18 families in this Santhal village (Santhal are a community of Adivasi, or “first inhabitants” – aborigines – of India) around dance-theatre director, video artist and philosopher Jean-Frédéric Chevallier and art producer Sukla Bar.