Eighth Night of Theatre
The Night of Theatre n°8 was held on 14th Feb 2015 at Trimukhi Cultural Centre in the Santal tribal village of Borotalpada (West Midnapore, West Bengal, India). 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.
a night-long festival showcasing contemporary performances in a tribal village
Bachchader Experimentum during Night of Theatre n°8
[HD Video 47 min]
Pollir Shabdo Remix x 2 during Night of Theatre n°8
[HD Video 10 min]
Reporting for The Telegraph on the 2014 edition of the Night of Theatre, journalist Mohua Das wrote: "There was something magical about making one’s way through the backwoods and settling down under the open skies, feeling the caress of a wintry breeze and watching performances in the dark — imaginative and untamed. Our sense of disorientation was pushed to the limit: the stage was amazingly innovative and there was a constant effort to tickle the senses."
[Rehearsals for Night of Theatre n°8, Borotalpada, December 2014]
SHORT BIOS ∩ OF THE ARTISTS
Jean-Frédéric Chevallier [FRANCE] is a French philosopher (last book: Deleuze about Theatre – Breaking up with Representation, Les Solitaires Intempestifs, France (2015)) and a theatre director (most recent of his 34 stage works in 9 countries: R/T Poetry 4 – Decoction moment in a Havana Church, Cuba (2014)). After teaching at Sorbonne-Nouvelle University in Paris for two years and being professor at National University in Mexico for seven years (where he started organising the Night of Theatre festival), he is living in Kolkata since six years, working as director of Trimukhi Platform. For Night of Theatre n°8, he will direct Bachader Experimentum, a three phases performance in collaboration with Chandrai Murmu [INDIA]. Denis Guénoun, emeritus professor from the Sorbonne University in Paris, recently wrote: “Jean-Frédéric Chevallier is walking on a path, personal and professional, extremely singular. He conjugates a theoretical, philosophical work, and an intense theatre practice activity. He formulates in Spanish, English, Bengali and French, thesis and concepts about living arts through which he pursues without ceasing the new characterisation of a “Theatre of Presenting".”
Piru Hembrom [INDIA] is a Santal tribal choreographer from the village of Belajhur in West Bengal. Since more than 30 years he is directing his own group, composed by 15 women dancers and 12 men musicians. About their dance work, Jean-Frédéric Chevallier wrote in Why dance today in India?: "Their dance is fascinating. It produces a sort of quiet excitation. There is a terrible force in it but exercised in a sweet manner. It would be difficult to explain where it comes from. Is it the rhythm? Is it the group togetherness? Is it the repetition of the same steps with slight and progressive accelerations and modifications that makes the same other? It could seem that nothing changes but at the same time eyes never get tired of watching the uninterrupted displacement of the women dancers." Pirum Hembrom, his dancers and musicians participated in Night of Theatre n°6 (2013) and Night of Theatre n°7 (2014).
Dimple Kaur [INDIA] is a performing Indian Classical dancer practising Bhartanatyam, Vilasini Natyam dance forms and a theatre artist from past 15 years. She learnt Indian Classical dance from Padma Vibhushan Guru Sonal Mansingh, Padma Bhushan Swapan Sundari and she has also been involved in theatre through several presentations including solo productions focussed on current issues like Woman empowerment. She is a doctorate in psychology and a practising psychotherapist. She has done pioneering research in using Dance as therapy especially in children with handicaps. She is Founding Director of Sumangali Institute of Valuable Arts (SIVA) a Trust focussed on promoting art forms based in New Delhi, India.
Luis Alberto Mariño Fernández [CUBA] started his studies as musician when he was 7 years old in the city of Cienfuegos. Then he graduated as a violinist player at Cuban National School of Arts in Havana City in 2005 and postgraduates as a music composer at the High Institute of Art (ISA) in 2008. He has been working in many Chambers Orchestra (first violin in La Habana Chamber Orchestra and in La Habana Soloist Chamber Orchestra) and composed: “La niña” for steels and metals instruments, Navidad for organ, violin and guitar, “Preámbulo y toque de campanas” for bells, “Pieza para un piano” for piano, “TerjeVigen” and “Era el círculo en nieve que se abría” for strings orchestra, etc. He is influenced by different art fields and has been working with painters, theatre directors, choreographs and film makers: experimental poetry Farewell, life goes on in my dim saying with Etien Díaz, the Woycek opera, the theatre production: Variaciones Estátitcas, Solnes el constructor, R/T Poetry 4 – Decoction moment in a Havana Church. What he likes, working together with them, is to invent new creative spaces. He is recently involve in the dialogue between different possibilities of formalist music construction, just as a kind of "building" inhabited by many forms of times.
Andres Solis [MEXICO] is a composer and sound artist. His work has focused on exploring free musical forms that intend to dilute the rigid constraints imposed by traditional musical structures. He has sought to assimilate his environment to find his own language through computer assisted composition, improvisation and interdisciplinary artistic collaborations. A special attraction for the performing and cinematic arts has led him to collaborate on different projects of theatre, dance, video art, sound design and film music. He has also worked with prepared turntables and modified acoustic instruments in combination with analogue and digital processing tools. His academic training starts in 1989 in Mexico City at the C.I.E.M. (Musical Studies and Research Centre). Then he moved to Holland to continue at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where he studied with Clarence Barlow. Later, in Paris, with the support of a grant from the French Government he concludes a postgraduate degree (DEA) under the supervision of Horacio Vaggione in the department of Sciences of Performing Arts in Paris 8 University, Saint-Denis. He was co-director of the experimental music festivals AURAL and RADAR in Mexico City. In 2012 he enters the National System of Art Creators of FONCA. Currently he is a fellow in residence at the Montalvo Arts Centre in California, United States
Pini Soren [INDIA] born in 2006 in Borotalpada Santal village. She is now studying in classe 2. Though only eight years old, she already participated in three Trimukhi theatre performances (I saw the world resting within itself (2012), The thing that exists when we aren't there (2013), Per Ruptam Silvam (2014)), a creative workshop (Creatures of flesh and paper (2012)) and a film-essay to be released next year: Water lily, a matter of facts. As everybody says in Borotalpada, she is the most serious and the most dedicated actress from the whole village. She will be the main performer as well as the co-author of the text in the next theatre play directed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier for Night of Theatre n°8.
Rogelio Sosa [MEXICO], born in 1977, is an experimental musician, composer and sound artist. He is also a very active promoter of experimental music in Mexico. Using a wide range of electronic tools, his work includes live performances, compositions and installations and develops in the fields of free improvisation, noise, electroacoustic musica and sound art.He lives in Mexico City since 2004. Currently he is member of the SNCA, director of the Aural Festival and music director of the Germinal Festival.His music is edited in Bocian, Sub Rosa, Important and Mode records. He has presented his work in more than 40 cities of America, Europe and Asia.Sosa has been awarded by the National Fund for the Arts, FONCA in six occasions, and has received important prizes and distinctions such as SCRIME Electroacoustic Music Prize, the IMEB Electroacoustic Music Contest, the Nuevas Resonancias Award, the Russolo Electroacoustic Music Contest, the EAR Electroacoustic Music Contest and the Visiones Sonoras Prize. In 2000 he was awarded the National Youth Award for the Arts in Mexico.
EN FRANÇAIS ∩ Nuit du Théâtre n°8
[Village tribal de Borotalpada, Bengale Occidental, Inde]
La huitième Nuit du Théâtre a eu lieu le 14 février 2015 dans le village tribal de Borotalpada. Y participaient des artistes de Cuba, de France, d'Inde et du Mexique. Les festivités conclurent par une dance party multi-culturelle. Cette année, le dispositif visait à favoriser les rencontres entre les spectateurs citadins (venus de Calcutta et d'ailleurs), les spectateurs villageois (venus de la zone tribale) et les artistes. Pour ceux et celles qui souhaitaient y assister, le voyage depuis Calcutta commençait à une heure le samedi 14 - retours le lendemain en début de matinée. Il était possible de réserver directement depuis Internet ou bien en se rendant à l'Alliance Française du Bengale, Park Mansions, 57A Park Street, Kokata.
EN ESPAÑOL ∩ Noche de Teatro n°8
[Comunidad indígena de Borotalpada, Bengala Occidental, India]
La próxima Noche de teatro tuvo lugar el 14 de febrero 2015 en la comunidad indígena santalí de Borotalpada. Participaron artistas provenientes de Cuba, Francia, India y Mexico. Para las y los que deseaban asistir al festival, el viaje (4 horas) desde Calcuta iniciaba a la una de la tarde del mismo sábado 14, regresando a la ciudad el domingo a las diez de la mañana. Para esta octava edición, el dispositivo era más intimo para favorecer los encuentros y diálogos entre los espectadores llegando desde Calcuta, los espectadores de la comunidad y los artistas involucrados, del aérea tanto como de otros lugares. Era posible reservar desde Internet o bien directamente en Alliance Française du Bengale, Park Mansions, 57A Park Street, Kokata.
∩ ABOUT THE PAST NIGHTS OF THEATRE IN INDIA AND MEXICO
The 7th edition of the Night of Theatre took place on 15th February 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 these stage works 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 Sixth Night of Theatre was held in West Bengal, India, on 9th February 2013, at the Cultural Centre that Trimukhi Platform has been building in the Santal village of Borotalpada. It involved theatre, dance, music, installation, photo exhibition and a video projection. Artists from India, Europe and Latin America were rehearsing together with painters, photographers, dancers, musicians and actors from the tribal area to prepare the 12 works to be shared in situ during the night long festival.
As a first activity in the Cultural Centre in construction, Trimukhi Platform in collaboration with Proyecto 3 (Mexico), MACE (India), CONACULTA (Mexico) and Teatro Ojo (Mexico) has organised on 25th February 2012 in the compound of the building in process the Fifth Night of Theatre: 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.
Produced by the National Mexican Fund for Art and Culture and the National University of Mexico, organized by Proyecto 3, with the collaboration of Trimukhi Platform the Fourth Night of Theatre took place on 5th September 2009 in Teatro UNAM, Mexico City, from 7 pm to 7 am. It was the première of 4 stage works by Rubén Ortiz (Mexico), Jean-Frédéric Chevallier and Matthieu Mével (France, Italy, India), Víctor Viviescas (Colombia), Joseph Danan (France). Between each theatre play, a musical performance was proposed by Rogelio Sosa (Mexico).
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