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UNTIMELY THOUGHTS (as per the 2022 tittle) or CHACONNE THOUGHTS (as per the 2023 tittle) is a fascinating approach of the grammar of contemporary dance by four “young” Santhal tribal performers from Trimukhi Platform: Joba Hansda (22), Salkhan Hansda (24), Sukul Hansda (25) and Surojmoni Hansda (21). Subtil sound design and music together with a well-thought video background create a meditative atmosphere for this surprising and moving show. Directed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier, in close collaboration with Sukla Bar and Dhananjoy Hansda, the artwork was premiered on February 19, 2022 at Trimukhi Cultural Centre in Borotalpada Santhal village during Night of Theatre n°13 then showcased in a more developed version on March 10, 2022 at the French Consulate Garden in Kolkata on the occasion of International Women’s Day organised by Alliance française du Bengale. “The performing art presentation left the audience awestruck,” reports The Statesman that evening. “It was poetry in motion, a vortex of art, philosophy and enchanting visuals […] which resembled shooting stars in the galaxy of mind where a thousand words are being spoken through a sound of silence.” CHACONNE THOUGHTS was then showcased in a new version on February 11, 2023 at Trimukhi Cultural Centre for Night of Theatre n°14 and at French Institute in India, New Delhi on March 3, 2023.



— a dance-theatre performance composed by Trimukhi Platform

directed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier • in close collaboration with Sukla Bar Chevallier  performed by Joba HansdaSalkhan Hansda, Sukul Hansda Surojmoni Hansda • technical director & art collaborator Dhananjoy Hansda • technical assistant Swapon Mandi  texts & films Jean-Frédéric Chevallier bengali translation & scenography Sukla Bar Chevallier • santhali translation Surojmoni Hansda • recorded voice in french Renée Chevallier • electrical, light & stage set-up Sukul Hansda, Salkhan Hansda & Dhananjoy Hansda • artistic inputs Adi BoutrosTabata CarrascoChintamoni Hansda-SorenCamilo PolancoRocio SandovalElora Sil Roy & Supratik Sil Roy produced by Sukla Bar Chevallier for Trimukhi Platform co-produced by the Consulate of France in Kolkata, Alliance française du Bengale & the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) 

read in The Statesman

read in The Telegraph

read in Times Of India

> photographies: Jean-Frédéric Chevallier & Dhananjoy Hansda / Trimukhi Platform, 2022


Born in 2008 in Borotalpada, a tribal village in West Bengal, Trimukhi Platform is dedicated to producing contemporary arts forms, building bridges between distant worlds and stimulating the invention of out-of-the-common thoughts. The collective brings together 18 families in this Santhal village around the French dance-theatre director and philosopher Jean-Frédéric Chevallier and the Bengali art producer Sukla Bar.