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Date(s) - 02/03/2019
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Alliance Française du Bengale


Presented by Trimukhi Platform in partnership with Les Pas Perdus,  French Embassy in India / Institut Français + Ville de Marseille, Alliance Française du Bengale, Ik-Nag AND MACE, Night of Theatre n°11, the eleventh edition of this amazing night-long festival of contemporary performing and collaborative arts, will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at and around Trimukhi Cultural Centre in the Santhal tribal village of Borotalpada, West Bengal, India.
Four French artists from Les Pas Perdus, Marseille, a Japanese choreographer based in Bruxelles (Ikue Nakagawa) and fourteen performers from Trimukhi Platform are already preparing in situ sound, theatre, dance or dance-theatre-video performances as well as gigantic art installations so for you to discover during the event. To make things different this year, the Night begins at day time: you’ll be invited to a surprising afternoon walk through the village and the surrounding deforested forest (called for this occasion “the bonsai jungle”).

Booking will open on Monday, February 4, 2019 online (http://trimukhiplatform.org/nightoftheatre11/) as well as at Alliance française du Bengale (57A Park Street, Park Mansions, Kolkata 16) and MACE (4th Floor, Modern High School for Girls, Syed Amir Ali Avenue, Kolkata 19).

About The Artists:

  • 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°11TRIMUKHI PLATFORM proposes four different kind of shows: one directed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier with 20 dance-theatre performers, few domestic animals, investing a majestic mud house recently built in the village and using its façades for video art projections; a happening organised by Joba Hansda at the outskirts of the village; a sound installation designed by Sukul Hansda for a welcome ceremony; Santhal dances performed by the village women coordinated by Falguni and Motilal Hansda.

  • 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°11LES PAS PERDUS are building, together with the villagers, two gigantic art installations: one along the street crossing the village and one in the middle of the elephants corridor.

  • 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 director  Pascal 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°11IKUE NAKAGAWA goes deeper in 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 and dancing for an unexpected  performative intervention – designed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier – in the middle of a “bonsai” jungle.