At the invitation of the Culture Department of Bordeaux Montaigne University, three members of Trimukhi Platform (Jean-Frédéric Chevallier, Sukla Bar and Sukul Hansda) carried out a one-month artistic residency in France. On March 30, 2023, they presented the new dance performance that they had just composed. It was outside, at a place on campus called “the little forest”. Entitled Ḥésèd (i.e. the availability to enter into a relationship with others), the performing artwork was not in situ but cum situ – with the site. The environment and its components were elements among other elements, also entering into the combinatorial game, with neither more nor less importance than the others: what the presence of a sound does, what the presence of a dancer does, what the presence of a student does or of a car which crosses the field or the road, what does the presence of a voice, a language, a falling leaf, the trunk of a tree, the grass slightly wet from the spring drizzle, a string of walnuts coconut which, half rolled up, oscillates with the wind.

with Sukul Hansda ⊥ choreography, text & sound design Jean-Frédéric Chevallier ⊥ co-direction, scenography & Bengali translation Sukla Bar Chevallier ⊥ Santhali translation Sukul Hansda ⊥ recorded voices Jean-Frédéric Chevallier & Sukul Hansda ⊥ artistic inputs Pierre Katuszewski & Johanna Renaudin ⊥ production Culture Department of Bordeaux Montaigne University & Trimukhi Platform ⊥ delegated production Compagnie Amala Dianor / Kaplan ⊥ with the support of Taizé Community for the showcase of the performance in Burgundy

dance performance premiered at the end of Trimukhi Platform artistic residency on March 30, 2023 in the “small forest” of the Bordeaux Montaigne University campus, in Pessac, then showcased on April 11, 2023 in a wooded meadow outside the village of Taizé, in Burgundy, France