Monsoon Night Dream
With Falguni Hansda, Kajal Hansda, Parmoni Murmu, Sombari Hansda, Phulmoni Hansda, Rani Soren, Mado Hembron, Motilal Hansda, Chamru Soren, Kalicharam Hembron Musicians: Kanai Hansda, Basanta Soren, Subol Soren, Kisun Hansda Assistant director: Girish Soren Artistic collaborator: Shukla Bar
Conception and direction: Jean-Frédéric ChevallierHosted by Borotalpada Village, September 2008 / Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, Calcutta, January 2009 / Departments of English and Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, January 2009Produced by Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India & Trimukhi Platform
Why not think about theatre as an act of presentation that brings into play movement, energy? Then, attention is drawn to the relationship created between the stage space and the spectator space. What comes out of this in-between space – what is produced by the creation of an in-between space – can be viewed as symbolic, not in the common sense of the expression ("this symbolizes that") but rather in its etymological sense: "this (the symbol) relates that (the actor) with that (the spectator)". With this questions in mind, Jean-Frédéric Chevallier proposed to 15 people from Borotalpada, a Santal village in West Midnapur District, West Bengal, that they all together produced an experimental stage work. Over three weeks (daily, from 6 pm to 9 pm) they collectively composed and practised a play that they finally called Monsoon Night Dream. It is a complete non dramatic proposition. There is no character, no story, no conflict, only a sweet invitation to contemplate, in a very simple way, the presence of the seven women, three men and four musicians who are there, sometimes performing quotidian actions or gestures from their daily lives, sometimes performing parts of Santal dances, sometimes just remaining there, looking at someone in this audience. As an aim of building bridges between different cultures and peoples, the performance, after being presenting in Borotaplda in September 2008, had been brough into the metropolis of Kolkata.
Surely, this proposition is quite different from what the city public is used to see. If there is any meaning, it is built by each one in the audience, personally, differently, and from his or her own feelings. So Monsoon Night Dream becomes a way to enjoy and share the diversity of our world.FULL VIDEO OF THE STAGE WORK IN KOLKATA (Part 1/2 - 30 minutes)FULL VIDEO OF THE STAGE WORK IN KOLKATA (Part 2/2 - 30 minutes)THE PRESENTATIONS IN KOLKATA TOOK PLACE THANKS TO THE SUPPORT OF EASTERN ZONAL CULTURAL CENTRE, MINISTRY OF CULTURE, GOVT. OF INDIA AND DEPARTEMENT OF ENGLISH AND DEPARTEMENT OF COMPARATIVE LITERATURE FROM JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY. THE REHEARSALS IN BOROTALPADA WERE ORGANISED WITH THE HELP OF SEVA KENDRA CALCUTTA AND BALIGERIA MISSION.VIDEO EXTRACT OF THE STAGE WORK IN BOROTALPADA (6 minutes)
Tags: jean-frédéric chevallier, monsoon night dream, santali, west midnapur, jadavpur university
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