Date(s) - 05/02/2018 - 07/02/2018
6:00 pm - 3:00 pm
WITH ARIANE MNOUCHKINE AND TRIMUKHI PLATFORM
In an effort to promote collective creation between France and India, students, artists, and intellectuals from West Bengal and India are invited to spend three days at Jadavpur University with French stage director Ariane Mnouchkine and French-Santhal-Bengali organisation Trimukhi Platform.
In the evenings, participants attend a double theatre performance. The first – Essay on Seasonal Variation in Santhal Society – awakens spectators’ thoughts and senses. The second – Try Me Under Water – invites the audience to go deeper in the contemplation and even loose ground. The nocturnal wandering at JU campus concludes with a multi-track video projection in the middle of a pond.
During the day, participants join Ariane Mnouchkine and Trimukhi Platform in creating a free and friendly discussion space which encourages questions about theatre today, such as this one: If theatre has stopped representing and communicating, how does one speak about what happens on stage? Or that one: How do we do the theatre we do?
The three days event has a logic: a moment here with Trimukhi Platform and a moment there with Ariane Mnouchkine, then a moment here again, then a moment there again until finally opening a creative dialogue. This festivity of today theatre diversity – and by hence huge spectrum of possibilities – is part of Bonjour India, a four-month-long celebration of Indo-French innovation, creativity and partnership.
⇒ 6:30 pm Words of Introduction by Damien Syed (Consul General of France in Kolkata) and Suranjan Das (Vice-Chancellor of Jadavpur University)
⇒ 6:45 pm Essay on Seasonal Variation in the Santhal Society • Theatre performance by Trimukhi Platform
⇒ 7:45 pm Try Me Under Water • Night wandering by Trimukhi Platform
⇒ 11 pm How Do We Do The Theatre We Do? part 1 – Conversation with Ariane Mnouchkine (moderator: Jean-Frédéric Chevallier)
⇒ 1 pm Lunch together
⇒ 3 pm How Do We do the Theatre We do? part 2 – Conversation with Ariane Mnouchkine
⇒ 5 pm Tea break
⇒ 6 pm Essay on Seasonal Variation in the Santhal Society • Theatre performance by Trimukhi Platform
⇒ 7 pm Try Me Under Water • Night wandering by Trimukhi Platform
⇒ 11 pm How Do We Do The Theatre We Do? part 3 – Dialogue between Ariane Mnouchkine and Trimukhi Platform (moderator: Samantak Das)
⇒ 1 pm Words of Conclusion by Samantak Das (Head of Comparative Literature Department)
⇒ 1:30 pm Lunch together
FREE AND OPEN TO ALL WITH PREVIOUS REGISTRATION AT ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE DU BENGALE
To participate in the event it is mandatory to attend all conversations and one of the two evenings performances.
To register send an e-mail to communication.kolkata@afindia.
Ariane Mnouchkine (born 3 March 1939) is a French stage director. She founded the Parisian avant-garde stage ensemble Théâtre du Soleil in 1964. She holds a Chair of Artistic Creation at the Collège de France, an Honorary Degree in Performing Arts from the University of Rome III, awarded in 2005, and an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Oxford University, awarded 18 June 2008.
Mnouchkine is regularly ranked as one of the world’s most influential directors, the only female winner of the international Ibsen award, whose productions – 20-odd in the last 48 years – are often spoken of in awe. Soon after the événements of 1968, Théâtre du Soleil exploded to attention with its rough-and-tumble devised works 1789 and 1793, which brought the history of the French revolution to scandalous, shocking life. Their cycles of Richard II, Twelfth Night and Henry IV (1981–84) reached an estimated 250,000 people, fusing Shakespearean history with stylised imagery drawn from Japan, Bali, India, then a four-part odyssey into Greek tragedy, Les Atrides (1990–92), that blended Kathakali with kabuki.
Always restless, Mnouchkine has sometimes made migration itself her subject: 2003’s Le Dérnier Caravansérail (The Last Caravan Stop) dramatised the experience of refugees from Kurdistan, Chechnya, Iran, Russia and a flurry of other countries into an extraordinary six-hour experience that featured no fewer than 169 characters. In French, the word spectacle is simply the offhand word for “show”, yet Théâtre du Soleil interpret it literally – they seem unable to make theatre that is anything less than epic.
THE THEATRE PERFORMANCES BY TRIMUKHI PLATFORM
ESSAY ON SEASONAL VARIATION IN SANTHAL SOCIETY theatre of presenting
directed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier and Surujmoni Hansda with/lighted by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier, Dananjoy Hansda, Dhani Hansda, Dulal Hansda, Joba Hansda, Chintamoni Hansda, Ramjit Hansda, Salkhan Hansda, Sukul Hansda, Surujmoni Hansda et Pini Soren texts Bhudray Besra, Jean-Frédéric Chevallier, Dhani Hansda, Marc Hatzfeld recorded voices Budhray Besra, Surujmoni Hansda and Marc Hatzfeld video Jean-Frédéric Chevallier produced by Sukla Bar Chevallier for Trimukhi Platform producer assistant Dhani Hansda biographical investigation Bhudray Besra light set-up Dulal Hansda and Sukul Hansda computer Chintamani Hansda
TRY ME UNDER WATER night wandering
interventions organised and performed by Dananjoy Hansda, Dulal Hansda, Joba Hansda, Ramjit Hansda, Salkhan Hansda, Chintamani Hansda, Sukul Hansda, Surujmoni Hansda, Pini Soren produced by Sukla Bar Chevallier for Trimukhi Platform coordination and video projection by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier