Fifth Night of Theatre
In the Santal village of Borotalpada, West Bengal, India, Trimukhi Platform in co-production with the Mexican National Council for Arts and Culture and in collaboration with Proyecto 3 (Mexico), Teatro Ojo (Mexico) and Modern Academy of Continuing Education (Kolkata) organised on 25th February 2012 the Fifth Night of Theatre: a night long program with stage works directed by artists from India, France and Mexico. Inviting established stage directors to build link with "unappreciated" art practices aims to give a proof that the capacity of inventing aesthetic forms pertains to all.
organised by Trimukhi Platform I co-produced by Mexican Council for Arts and Culture
in collaboration with Modern Academy of Continuing Education I Teatro Ojo I Proyecto 3
The Fifth Night of Theatre started at 5 pm on 25th February 2012 with the arriving of the bus bringing 21 guests from Kolkata. At 6 pm, after a Santal welcome ceremony and tea, the audience, following a Santal dance procession discovered the photographies exhibited in the rooms of the Cultural Centre in construction. Around 6:30 pm, the theatre presentations began, at first near by the lake, then in the middle of a narrow path that leads towards the Centre and finally in the Cultural Centre itself. In between each stage work, Mahato tribal dances were performed. Around midnight, diner was served in the courtyard of the Cultural Centre. The rest of the Night was spent in talks, dances, walking around the star lit landscape. In the early morning, villagers came back for a second meal. This time the children took the initiative of serving the food and then they danced again.
Little more than 500 peoples assisted the events, two third of them from Borotalpada village.
Two stage works had been specially prepared for the event and rehearsed with Borotalpada villagers during the weeks preceding the festival: Guignol's dol and I saw the world resting within itself.
VIDEO DOCUMENTARY about the 5th NIGHT OF THEATRE
[HD - 55 minutes - English subtitles - sous-titres en français]
Press articles about the Night of Theatre n°5
Santal welcome dance
coordinator Tibru Murmu musicians Kisun Hansda – Tibru Murmu – Kanai Hansda – Ganesh Hansda – Basonto Soren dancers Delko Hansda – Mado Hembram – Parmoni Murmu – Parmoni Hansda – Kajol Hansda – Parboti Hansda – Maloti Hembrom – Pani Soren – Parboti Soren – Sombari Hansda production Village of Borotalpada & Trimukhi Platform
Light & Sight
coordinator Alejandro Orozco photographers Alejandro Orozco – Sukla Bar – Girish Soren – Molina Hembram – Molina Soren – Arsu Soren – Chamru & Sunita Soren – Motilal & Falguni Hansda – Dhananjoy Hansda – Dhania Hansda – Sudeshna Hembram – Kanai Soren – Chandrai Murmu – Minu Sardar – Proshan Sardar – Paddo Ghosh – Shreya Mallick – Jean-Frédéric Chevallier – Tania Barberan production Trimukhi Platform & MACE
author & director Jean-Frédéric Chevallier in collaboration with Marc Hatzfeld assistant Girish Soren singer Arjobeer Aniruddha musician Mohan Hembram cast Falguni Hansda – Surujmani Hansda – Molina Hembram – Parboti Hansda – Hector Bourges – Marc Hatzfled – Kisun Hansda production Trimukhi Platform & Proyecto 3
I saw the world resting within itself…
director Hector Bourges in collaboration with Sukla Bar assistant Chandrai Murmu musicians, constructers & actors Chandria Murmu – Chamru Soren actresses Chomki Hansda – Sumi & Pini Soren – Parmoni Murmu – Joba Hansda – Chintamoni Hansda – Mati Hembrom production CONACULTA – Teatro Ojo & Trimukhi Platform
authors William Shakespeare & Jan Kott directors, musicians & performers Arka Mukhopadhyay & Subhadeep Guha violin player Parao Soren production The Arshinagar project
choreographer Arup Mahato assistant Bhabotosh Mahato singers Amulya & Ketuka Mahato musicians Gurucharan Mahato – Bahadur Mahato – Bujul Mahato – Subhash Mahato leading dancer Nikhil Mahato dancers Mausumi Mahato – Protima Mahato – Puspa Mahato – Jayanti Mahato – Putul Mahato – Nilima & Pujarani Mahato production Patharbandher Sandya Pradip Jhumur Nach Dol
Bringing the "centre" at the periphery
Initially, the Night of Theatre (Noche de Teatro) was a festival that the Proyecto 3 group, under the direction of Jean-Frédéric Chevallier, organised in Mexico in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009. The set-up was a festive and convivial one. Between each show (dance, theatre, performance), a music concert was organised outside the hall so the audience could take some rest, speak together and relax attention.
Now, in collaboration with Proyecto 3, Teatro Ojo and Modern Academy of Continuing Education and in co-production with the Mexican Council for Arts and Culture, the Fifth Night of Theatre is taking place in the Santal village of Borotalpada, far away from Kolkata, where Trimukhi Platform has been building a Cultural Centre together with the villagers. The Night of Theatre is the joyful moment inaugurating this rural "Cultural Centre" – quite far from urban "centres of culture". French (Marc Hatzfeld, Jean-Frédéric Chevallier), Mexican (Hector Bourges, Alejandro Orozco), Bengali (Subhadeep Guha, Arka Mukhopadhyay) and Adivashi (Suraj Tudu, Arup Mahato) artists have been preparing their performances in close collaboration with actors, dancers and musicians from Borotalpada and the surrounding areas.
The idea of this project is to create a centre of culture at the far periphery. A recent U.N. report underlined it: India ranks in the 134th position in terms of human development out of 187 countries. In fact, in the past 20 years the inequalities have been increasing in the sub-continent. There are those who are in the geographic centre (and at the top of the society) and there are all the others who are at the periphery (and at the bottom of the society). Usually a Cultural Platform is built in a "posh" area (or upper middle-class zone) and in a big city. Here, it is about to do exactly the opposite: to situate the Centre in a remote village with no financial resources. And to do it in such a way that those who coordinate this platform will be those who habitually do not coordinate anything – because they are peripheral people...
In Borotalpada, on one hand, there is the strong desire to keep alive cultural singularities and, on the other, there is the interest to discover other forms of practices and knowledge – for architecture or agriculture, for painting or singing, for acting or dancing, there are, at the same time, the desire to go deeper into one's own uniqueness and the desire to be enriched by the multiplicity – one feeding the other.
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