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Held in partnership with the French Institute in India, the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata and the University of Québec in Montréal, NIGHT OF THEATRE n°14 will take place on February 11, 2023 with a solo dance and a trio directed by Amala Dianor, an open air exhibition designed by Sumantra Mukherjee, a dance-theatre performance, an happening in memory of Jean-Luc Godard and a video art installation directed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier and Sukla Bar Chevallier, a sound art piece in memory of Samantak Das designed by André Éric Létourneau, a series of Santhal dances selected by Falguni Hansda and Molina Soren, a midnight dinner, a multicultural dance party and a philosophical conversation about theatre and community moderated by Ashoka University Performing Arts director Justin McCarthy.
Inaugurating the renovated Trimukhi Cultural Centre, NIGHT OF THEATRE n°13 took place on February 19, 2022 in the Santhal village of Borotalpada (West Bengal, India). This time, following pandemic protocol, the festive event started at 3:30 pm. A reduced number of invited guests from India and abroad, journalists and Borotalpada villagers were attending. With a duration of about 7 hours, the programme was composed by: a Santhal welcoming and Santhal dances, a performance act nder a tree, an art installation, a sound art piece with poetry readings, a dance-theatre performance, a sarod recital, a video-dance installation with live happenings, and a nocturnal picnic. Premiered on this occasion, the performance “Untimely Thoughts” was then showcased at French Consulate in Kolkata on March 10, 2022. ⇒ TV9 Bangla
The twelfth edition of Trimukhi Platform socially unusual and aesthetically consistent night-long festival of contemporary, performing and collaborative arts took place on March 7, 2020 in Borotalpada. 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 double installation, an happening with action painting and unexpected poetry, a philosophical conversation with the audience, a midnight dinner and a multicultural dance party. 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 Europe and Latin America anxious to put in question their practice, as well as 18 families from the village of Borotalpada, quite very used to prepare for such a unique event.
Presented by Trimukhi Platform in partnership with Les Pas Perdus and Ikue Nakagawa and with the support of French Embassy and Institut Français in India, Ville de Marseille, Alliance Française du Bengale, FREED and MACE, the eleventh edition of the unusual night-long festival of contemporary performing and collaborative arts took place on March 2, 2019 at and around Trimukhi Cultural Centre in Borotalpada with sound, theatre, dance or dance-theatre-video performances as well as gigantic art installations by artists from France and South Africa, Belgium and Japan, working together with 20 Santhal performers. To make things different this Night of Theatre began at day time: the audience was invited to a surprising afternoon walk through the village and the surrounding deforested forest (called for this occasion “the bonsai jungle”).
Presented by Trimukhi Platform, Institut Français and French Embassy in India in partnership with Alliance Française du Bengale, The Japan Foundation New Delhi, l’Université du Québec à Montréal, Hexagram and MACE, the amazing night-long festival of contemporary performing arts and inventive thought NIGHT OF THEATRE n°10 • LA NUIT DES IDÉES took place on January 27, 2018. Artists and philosophers from Kolkata, Paris, New Delhi, Tokyo and Montréal together with actors, dancers and musicians from Borotalpada both showcase open air sound, theatre, dance or dance-theatre performances and evolved in discussions about “intensity flows”… before inviting all to join for a joyful multicultural dance party until the sun rise again… The event was part both of Institut français’ international Nuit des idées (“Night of Ideas”) to celebrate all over the world the stream of ideas between countries, cultures, topics and generations, and of the third edition of Bonjour India. ⇒ The Indian Express
NIGHT OF THEATRE n°9 • THE NIGHT OF IDEAS took place on January 28, 2017 at Trimukhi Cultural Centre in Borotalpada village. During the night-long event, artists and scholars from Kolkata, Paris, Madrid and Montréal, together with Santhal actors, dancers and musicians both showcased open air performances and evolved in stimulative conversations about art and thought. The night-long program ended with a joyful multicultural dance party. After the dry rehearsal in March 2016, journalist Mrinmhoy Nandi from Kaahon.com, observed: “Jean-Frédéric Chevallier advocates the idea of not restricting theatre to any defined space. This enables him to explore multiple possibilities and push the boundaries of the form. However, it is important to avoid the mistake of considering the elements to be theatre itself! And his idea of theatre is of presenting than representing…” ⇒ The Indian Express
NIGHT OF THEATRE n°8 was held February 14, 2015. During the night-long event, artists from La Habana, Paris, Kolkata and Mexico city, together with tribal actors, dancers and musicians showcased in different places around and inside Trimukhi Cultural Centre, theatre, music and dance performances as well as a double sound installation and happenings. For this 8th edition, a reduced number of guests audience from Kolkata was received so to favor exchange and dialogue with the villagers. The program ended with a multicultural dance party. The bus returned at 5:45 AM. Reporting for The Time of India, journalist Rakhi Chakrabarty wrote: “Across the Subarnarekha, where the road ends and rolling fields spread out against the sky, is a sleepy Santhal village called Borotalpada. On Saturday, the remote Adivasi village in West Midnapore district was buzzing with activity. For, it was a Night of Theatre. A theatre with home-grown actors. A theatre of the soil. A contemporary theatre, a theatre of the present, where life will be presented, not represented; theatre where life unfolds as life as we experience it.” ⇒ The Times of India
NIGHT OF THEATRE n°7 took place on February 15, 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. 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.” ⇒ The Telegraph
NIGHT OF THEATRE n°6 was held in West Bengal, India, on February 9, 2013, at the upcoming Cultural Centre that Trimukhi Platform had been building in the Santhal village of Borotalpada. It involved theatre, dance, music, installation, photo exhibition and video projection. Artists from India, Europe and Latin America rehearsed together with painters, photographers, dancers, musicians and actors from the tribal area to prepare the 12 works that had been shared in situ during the night-long festival. ⇒ FULL PROGRAMME IN PDF
As a first activity in the Cultural Centre in construction, Trimukhi Platform in collaboration with Proyecto 3 (Mexico), MACE (India), CONACULTA (National Council for Culture and Arts, Mexico) and Teatro Ojo (Mexico) organised on February 25, 2012 in the compound of the building in process the NIGHT OF THEATRE n°5: a night-long program with stage works performed by groups composed with artists from different social worlds and geographic continents. It was a way to show that it is possible to bring up a project of high quality art creation among those who normally cannot access as spectators and as makers such a kind of professional platform. ⇒ FULL PROGRAMME IN PDF ⇑ Hindustan Times
Produced by the Mexican National Fund for Art and Culture and the National University of Mexico, organised by Proyecto 3 in collaboration with Trimukhi Platform, the fourth NOCHE DE TEATRO (Night of Theatre) was held on September 5, 2009 at Teatro UNAM, Mexico City, from 7 pm to 7 am. Four dance-theatre performances were premiered, under the direction of Rubén Ortiz (Mexico), Jean-Frédéric Chevallier and Matthieu Mével (France, Italy, India), Víctor Viviescas (Colombia) and Joseph Danan (France). Between each staging, an experimental music concert was proposed by Rogelio Sosa (Mexico). Before the night-long event, 4 DAYS OF THEORY were held at Casa Refugio as well as at Theatre Juan Ruiz de Alarcon with the participation of all the artists and Eduardo Bernal, Helena Chavez, Ileana Diéguez, Camill Goliash, Marcos López, Rodolfo Obregón and Philippe Ollé-Laprune. ⇒ FULL PROGRAMME IN PDF ⇑ La Jornada
Organised by the collective of artists Proyecto 3 directed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier, the third NOCHE DE TEATRO (Night of Theatre) was held at Theatre Arq. Carlos Lazo in the Faculty of Architecture of the National Mexican University on November 17, 2007, from 7 pm to 7 am of the next day. Five directors from Colombia, France, Italy, Poland and Mexico were invited to art residencies in Mexico City. During these residencies each one, together with a Mexican team of actors and dancers prepared a specific art work to be showcased during the festival. A visual artist and a writer, both from Mexico, were also invited to participate in these rehearsals. Five theatre and dance performances and a video documental were premiered during the night: by Mario Bellatín (writer), Héctor Bourges (visual artist and theatre), Jean-Frédéric Chevallier (dance-theatre director and philosopher), Camill Goliasz (philosopher and video artist), Matthieu Mével (dramaturgist and poet), Frank Michelletti (choreographer) and Victor Viviescas (dramaturgist and theatre director). A little more than four hundred peoples came to the night event. The theatre and dance performances as well as the video documental continued to be shown in the same theatre in November, December 2007 and January 2008. Less academic and more interactive than the usual academic conference, Proyecto 3 organised for the occasion a series of Theoretical Activities around the Third Night of Theatre at Casa Refugio Citlaltépetl, University of Claustro de Sor Juana, Teatro Arq. Carlos Lazo and Mexican National University Faculty of Philosophy from October 25 to 16th November 16, 2007. ⇒ FULL PROGRAMME IN PDF
Organised by the Mexican collective Proyecto 3 founded by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier, the second NOCHE DE TEATRO (Night of Theatre) was held on December 2, 2006 at Claustro de Sor Juana University with the support of Mexico City Municipal Corporation Cultural Secretary, the French Embassy, the Spanish Cooperation Agency and the Institute 17 of Critical Studies and at Mesones street in coordination with Casa Vecina Cultural Centre and the Foundation of Historical Mexico City. Four groups as well as four directors where presenting their theatre or choreographic works: Kubilaï Khan Investigation (dir. Frank Micheletti, France, Japan, Italy, Spain, Vietnam), Proyecto 3 (dir. Jean-Frédéric Chevallier, Mexico, France), Dragón del Butoh (dir. Iko Rojas, Chili), Alternativa Teatral (dir. Leticia Ruiz, Mexico) and Matthieu Mével (France), Héctor Bourges, Rubén Ortiz, Isabel Ruiz (Mexico). Two films were also projected (Jean-Frédéric Chevallier, Maïa Nicolas, Joseph Danan, Adda Bautista) and four musical concerts were performed (by Wamazo, Orfelinato, Pedro Aristóteles and Juan Pablo Villa). The event was preceded by the Second International Conference on Contemporary Theatre Gesture that took place at the Faculty of Philosophy and Literatures of the Mexican National University (UNAM) from November 27 to 30, 2006. The artists and thinkers invited were coming from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Chad, Congo, Cuba, Spain, Philippines, France, Italy, Japan and Mexico. The texts of the conferences were published in a special edition of the review Lineas de fuga of Casa Refugio Citlaltépetl directed by Philippe Ollé-Laprune. ⇒ FULL PROGRAMME IN PDF
Organised by Proyecto 3, the first NOCHE DE TEATRO (Night of Theatre) was held at the Mexican National Museum of Cultures in the center of Mexico city on Novembre 13, 2004n from 7 pm to 5 am. Four dance-theatre performances were showcased in the two big halls of the museum, directed by Joseph Danan (France), Víctor Viviescas (Colombia), Rubén Ortiz and Gerardo Trejoluna (Mexico) and by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier. Surprising happenings were proposed in the patio by Héctor Bourges (Mexico) and four concerts performed in middle of the Moneda street by Horacio Franco, Verónica Ituarte, Chejere, Salario Mínimo. The night ended with a musical journey in which all all the audience participated with Benoît Mory (France) experimental sound compositions. “Maquina-Hamlet” directed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier continued to be presented at the same location for two more months and “Roaming Mundo” by Joseph Danan was later on restaged in France at Gare au théâtre and La Mousson d’été. The night-long festival was preceded by the First International Conference on Contemporary Theatre Gesture coordinated by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier at Mexican National Centre for the Arts (CENART) on November 10, University of Mexico City (UACM) on November 11 and at National Mexican University (UNAM) on November 12n 2004. ⇒ FULL PROGRAMME IN PDF