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Night of Theatre n°11, the eleventh edition of an unusual night-long festival of contemporary performing and collaborative arts, took place on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at and around Trimukhi Cultural Centre in the Santhal tribal village of Borotalpada, West Bengal, India. Three French and South African artists (Guy-André Lagesse, Nicolas Barthélemy and Dorine Julien) from Les Pas Perdus, Marseille, a Japanese choreographer based in Bruxelles (Ikue Nakagawa) and the complete team of Trimukhi Platform (French Jean-Frédéric Chevallier, Bengali Sukla Bar and Santhal Bhudray Besra, Sumita Besra, Dani Hansda, Dhananjoy Hansda, Dulal Hansda, Falguni Hansda, Joba Hansda, Ramjit Hansda, Sukul Hansda, Salkhan Hansda, Surujmoni Hansda, Gurubhari Hembrom and more) prepared for the occasion in situ sound, dance and dance-theatre-video performances as well as gigantic art installations. To make things different this year, the 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”). As each year, the festivity ended with a multi-cultural dance party.




PRESENTED BY Trimukhi Platform IN PARTNERSHIP WITH Les Pas Perdus AND Ikue Nakagawa WITH THE SUPPORT OF French Embassy in India / Institut Français+ Ville de MarseilleAlliance Française du Bengale, Freed AND MACE



> watch the videos of the past Nights of Theatre> read in the press about the past Nights of Theatre








Typology Of The Unexpectedness (bonsai jungle version)

composed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier and Ikue Nakagawa
written and directed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier
read and performed by Ikue Nakagawa
assistant Dulal Hansda



Janga Da Saré

sound design Sukul Hansda
ritual coordinator Falguni Hansda
performed by Chita Hansda, Falguni Hansda Panmoni Hansda, Parboti Hansda, Salge Hansda, Sombari Hansda, Sunita Hansda, Gurubari Hembrom, Mado Hembrom 



The Flip Flop Avenue of Fancy Head Dresses

initiated by Guy-André Lagesse / Les Pas Perdus
team facilitator Sukla Bar Chevallier
fabricated, painted and planted by Budhray Besra, Nicolas Barthélemy, Bishop Hansda, Dhananjoy Hansda, Dulal Hansda, Jiten Hansda, Ramjit Hansda, Robi Hansda, Salkhan Hansda, Sukul Hansda, Dorine Julien, Guy-André Lagesse, Fulu Tudu



The Mighty Giant (a slight appearance)

initiated by Guy-André Lagesse / Les Pas Perdus
team facilitator Sukla Bar Chevallier
fabricated, painted and planted by Budhray Besra, Nicolas Barthélemy, Bishop Hansda, Dhananjoy Hansda, Dulal Hansda, Jiten Hansda, Ramjit Hansda, Robi Hansda, Salkhan Hansda, Sukul Hansda, Dorine Julien, Guy-André Lagesse, Fulu Tudu



Buru Jatra

dance coordinator Falguni Hansda
music coordinator Motilal Hansda
musicians Kanai Hansda, Jugu Hembrom, Chamru Soren 
dancers Chita Hansda, Falguni Hansda, Panmoni Hansda, Parboti Hansda, Salge Hansda, Sombari Hansda, Sunita Hansda, Gurubari Hembrom, Mado Hembrom



Typology Of The Unexpectedness (night version)

composed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier and Ikue Nakagawa
directed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier
performed by Ikue Nakagawa
lighting Salkhan Hansda



Homemade Theatre

directed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier
in collaboration with Sukla Bar Chevallier
team coordinator and computer control Dhananjoy Hansda
assistant Hema Bag
texts by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari, Peter Handke, Gao Xingjian
special reading by Guy-André Lagesse
video projections and sound design Jean-Frédéric Chevallier
performed by Bobita Besra, Sumita Besra, Falguni Hansda, Joba Hansda, Ramjit Hansda, Salkhan Hansda, Surujmoni Hansda, Topon Hansda
lighting Dulal Hansda, Salkhan Hansda





Yuten (the melting point)

directed by Ikue Nakagawa
performed by Joba Hansda, Ramjit Hansda, Salkhan Hansda
light design Trimukhi Platform
lighting Surujmoni Hansda, Fulu Tudu



Words of Thanks

given by Virginie Corteval (Consul General of France in Kolkata) and Sumita Besra (Trimukhi Platform)
lighting Surujmoni Hansda, Fulu Tudu




cooked by Budhodev Das for 250 guests



Multicultural Dance Party

prepared by Trimukhi Platform
danced by almost everyone still awake
lighting Sukul Hansda




(photographies: © Jean-Frédéric Chevallier, Dhananjoy Hansda, Guy-André Lagesse, Nouman Malik for Trimukhi Platform)







Both organiser and core “artist” of the Night of theatre series, TRIMUKHI PLATFORM is a 10 years old tribal Santhal/Bengali/French organisation dedicated to contemporary arts practices (performing arts, sound, visual and video arts), neighbourhood relations and invention of thought. It was founded in West Bengal, India, by 18 families from the Santhal village of Borotalpada (Motilal and Falguni Hansda, Delko and Kanai Hansda, Mado and Kalicharam Hembrom, Chamru and Sunita Soren, Bhudray and Sumita Besra, among others), a social worker from Kolkata (Sukla Bar) and an out-of-the-ordinary French theatre director and philosopher residing in India (Jean-Frédéric Chevallier). All the activities, the night-long festival of contemporary arts, photography, video and aural art installations, workshops and nightly wanderings in particular, are organised with the villagers and artists invited from Asia, North and South America and Europe. Amongst the 12 members of the directive bureau of Trimukhi Platform in Borotalpada village, the youngest is seven years old and the oldest is 45 years of age.

For NIGHT OF THEATRE n°11, TRIMUKHI PLATFORM proposed three different kind of shows: one directed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier with 12 dance-theatre performers from the team, investing a majestic mud house recently built in the village and using its façades for video art projections (titled: HOMEMADE THEATRE); a sound installation designed by Sukul Hansda for a welcome ceremony (titled: JANGA DA SARÉ); Santhal dances performed by the village women coordinated by Falguni and Motilal Hansda (titled: BURU JATRA).


> during February 2019 in Borotalpada, late afternoon and evening, Jean-Frédéric Chevallier, Dhananjoy Hansda, Dulal Hansda, Joba Hansda, Ramjit Hansda, Salkhan Hansda and Sukul Hansda rehearse Home Made Theatre in front of Motilal and Falguni Hansda’s new build mud house




Based in the city of Marseille, south of France and constituted by French and South African visual artists, LES PAS PERDUS is part of the collaborative contemporary art movement. Since 1994, in France and Africa, the collective builds art works with occasional artists, that is men and women who have a creative and sensitive relationship with their everyday life. There is no a priori as for the results: care and attention brought to each one and to every situation contribute to the sense of the work. The approach connected with everyday life leans on the dynamics of circumstances, improvisation and relationship, putting forward the ordinary as an inexhaustible poetical potential. One of the definitions of the word “work” is to “bring into play” … Forms follow. Guy-André Lagesse, founder and coordinator of the collective visited Borotalpada in November 2018 and explored the possibility that the village brings.

For NIGHT OF THEATRE n°11, Guy-André Lagesse built, together with Trimukhi Platform team, two gigantic art installations: one along the street crossing the village (titled: THE FLIP FLOP AVENUE OF FANCY HEAD DRESSES) and one in the middle of the elephants corridor (titled: THE MIGHTY GIANT — A SLIGHT APPEARANCE).


> Guy-André Lagesse and Dhananjoy Hansda dug before planting the bamboos composing The Mighty giant (a slight appearance)




Born in Japan in 1980 and now living in Belgium, IKUE NAKAGAWA studied dance at Osaka University of Arts, then continued her training at the Choreographic Development Center of Toulouse in France. She worked with choreographer Frank Micheletti and theatre directorPascal Rambert during several years as well as with performance artists Morgan Nardi, Eun Yong Lee and Lorenzo De Angelis. After giving birth to two children, she came back to her field. That was last year, in Borotalpada village, on the occasion of the Night of Theatre n°10 where she participated in 4 dance performances.

For NIGHT OF THEATRE n°11, IKUE NAKAGAWA went deeper into her collaboration with Trimukhi Platform team: directing a multi-facets trio to be showcased in front of Trimukhi Cultural Centre with Salkhan Hansda, Ramjit Hansda and Joba Hansda (titled: YUTEN) and dancing for an unexpected  performative intervention — designed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier —  in the middle of a “bonsai” jungle (titled: TYPOLOGY OF THE UNEXPECTEDNESS).


> early morning, Ikue Nakagawa, Joba Hansda, Ramjit Hansda and Salkhan Hansda warm up before starting rehearsing Yuten






> On March 6,  2019 / 6:30 pm / Alliance Française du Bengale (rooftop)



After Night of Theatre n°11Jean-Frédéric Chevallier (director of Trimukhi Platform) and Fabrice Plançon (director of Alliance Française du Bengale) invited Masayuki Taga (Consul General of Japan in Kolkata), Dorine Julien (France), Guy-André Lagesse (France, South Africa), Ikue Nakagawa (Japan, Belgium), Nicolas Barthélemy (France) and Nouman Malik (India) to tell the audience about their thought after their experience in Borotalpada village during the night-long festival. To share two extracts of what has happened few days before in Borotalpada village during Night of Theatre n°11Ikue Nakagawa (Japan)  performed a dance solo directed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier while Guy-André Lagesse and Nicolas Barthélemy showcased some of the sculpture-installations Les Pas Perdus have for the occasion designed with the villagers. And, last but not least: to stimulate the production of thought, wine was offered by the General Consulate of France in Kolkata.