• Past activities

    Trimukhi PlatformSince 2007, performances (with tribal performers, women from Kolkata slums, students, foreign artists, etc.) and films (about the dis-balanced Indian sex ratio, rural children' lives, the building process of the Trimukhi Cultural Centre) had been produced. Classes, lectures and seminars about art and its function in contemporaries societies had been also organized. This activities involved artists from cities as Paris, Mexico, Calcutta, Bogotá as well as from villages as Borotalpada or Morapai in India.









    Untimely Meditation 3-41 [theatre of presenting]

    Aforismo Intempestivo 3-41Fruit of 2 months rehearsal and directed by French Jean-Frédéric Chevallier, Untimely Meditation 3-41 turned to be a double performance involving 11 Colombian actors from Bogota Superior Academy of Arts (ASAB) and almost all the rooms that the theatre Teatro Varasanta could offered. First performed in Colombia from 29th September to 11th October 2015.




    Night of Theatre n°8 [festival]

    Night of Theatre no. 8

    The 8th edition of the Night of Theatre was be held on 14th February 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 theatre, music and dance performances as well as a double sound installation. For this 8th edition, a reduced number of guests audience from Kolkata was received so to favour exchange with the villagers. After a midnight dinner, the program ended with a 5 hours long multicultural dance party. 




    R/T Poetry 4 (in Cuba) [theatre, dance, installation and video]

    R/T Poetry 4 (in Cuba)

    In September 2014, Laboratorio Ibsen, French Embassy in Cuba, Cuban National Cuban Council for Performing Arts, Casa Editorial Tablas-Alarcos invited Jean-Frédéric Chevallier, co-founder of Trimukhi Platform to give a workshop to fifteen Cuban visual artists, thespians, dancers, video-makers and musicians. During ten days rehearsals together they were preparing a transdisciplinary performance, part of the R/T Poetry serie. Presentations took place on 27th September at Teatro Buendia, La Havana, Cuba.

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    Per Ruptam Silvam [theatre and video]

    Nous n'habitons plus les paysages

    Involving a dancer from Bogota, a musician from Mexico city, a social worker from Calcutta, an anthropologist and a theatre director from France, two girls and four boys from the Santal village of Borotalpada and one girl and two boys from the Bengali village of Morapaid, Per Ruptam Silvam was a video-theatre performance composed in the open, between trees and bushes. The journalist Mohua Das wrote about it: "our sense of disorientation was pushed to the limit; the stage was amazingly innovative; there was a constant effort to tickle the senses; 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."   [“Experiments with Theatre and Truth”, The Telegraph, Calcutta, 9th March 2014]

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    Night of Theatre n°7 [festival]

    Night of Theatre n°7

    The seventh edition of the Night of Theatre took place on 15th February 2014 at in the Santal village of Borotalpada (West Midnapore, West Bengal, India). Artists from Paris, Bogotá, Kolkata, Mexico city and Borotalpada village presented in situ theatre, dance and music performances as well as an experimental film. Singer-songwriter Neel Adhikari, who came to present the film for which he had done the music, described his experience: “After the long journey our sense of disorientation was pushed to the limit with the experimental theatre but it was great. The way they used the existing nightscape of the village with a couple of lights and props as the stage was amazingly innovative. And there was a constant effort to tickle the senses....

    The Night of Theatre n°7 was organised by Trimukhi Platform in collaboration with MACE and CONACULTA-FONCA.

    Read the story by Mohua Das in The Telegraph...





    Nous n'habitons plus les paysages [theatre] 

    Nous n'habitons plus les paysagesInvolving a dancer, a musician and a literature professor from the French Collective Feu Faux Lait and two Thespians and a social worker from Trimukhi Platform, the performance was organised outside and inside the anthropologist Marc Hatzfeld’s sheepfold in south of France - before, during and after a dinner party… The work was nothing but playful. It took place a the end of May 2013. In English the tittle would have been: We don't inhabit landscapes any more.


    With Sukla Bar [TP], Gwenael Barrault [FFL], Marc Hatzfeld [TP], Benoît Mory [FFL] and Maïa Nicolas [FFL] Directed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier [TP]

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    Arts of presenting [on-line course] 

    Ongoing projectsDuring May and June 2013, 17, Institute of Critical Studies (Mexico) organized in collaboration with Trimukhi Platform  an on-line course in Spanish about Arts of presenting. The programme, ofered by Jean-Frédréic Chevallier, was directed to  artists, critical analysts and students of arts from Latin America and Spain.

    Each session contained three moments: first, an aesthetic experience (watching a film extract, reading a chapter of a novel, listening to a music composition, etc.), then a time of sharing the impressions produced by these experiences and finally a theoretical analysis of the process that these experiences and impressions covered. This Chevallier's course had been organized before and in English at MACE, Kolkata in March to May 2011.  

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    Night of Theatre n°6 [festival]

    Night of Theatre 6The 6th edition of the Night of Theatre took place on 9th February 2013 inside and outside the Cultural Centre Trimukhi Platform has been building in the tribal Santal village of Borotalpada-. It involved theatre, dance, music concert, installation, photography exhibition and video projections. Artists from India, France, Mexico, Ecuador were rehearsing with painters, photographers, dancers, musicians and actors from the tribal area to prepare the works that had been presented. In total, the program had 12 items. Started at 6 pm with Santal drums and dances, it ended at 4:30 am with hot tea and biscuits.

    The Night of Theatre n°6 was organised by Trimukhi Platform in collaboration with MACE.

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    The thing that exists when we aren't there [theatre]

    The thing that exists when we aren't thereThe French theatre director and experimental film maker Jean-Frédéric Chevallier choose to compose his 2013 stage work with diversity. His team was composed of artists from Ecuador, Mexico, France as well as from the Bengal village of Morapaï and the Santal tribal Borotalpada, India. In some parts, Chevallier also introduced extracts from his forthcoming film. By combining elements from such different origins, Chevallier's theatre composition produced unexpected feelings and thoughts. The first presentation of the work took place during The Night of Theatre n°6, on 9th February 2013 at Trimukhi Cultural Centre, Borotalpada Village, West Bengal, India.

    With Falguni Hansda, Gopal Hansda, Kajol Hansda, Motilal Hansda, Raïma Mondal, Chandrai Murmu, Alejandro Orozco, Lorena Rojas, Pini Soren Live music: Alexandre Jurain, Sukanta Bose




    Light and Sight 2 [workshop]

    Past activities

    From 21st to 26th January 2013, Trimukhi Platform invited the Mexican artist Alejandro Orozco to give the second part of his workshop on creative photography in the tribal Santal village of Borotalpada. This second course moved onto an even more creative terrain where the participants were invited to imagine, foreseeing an image even before being taken. They explored how to pass from what they though, what they could describe, to what they could get from their relationship with the camera, the body, the light and the space. A certain under-control experience that still was about discovering. The two lines of this image-based work were the ensemble and the individual. How to build an image together? How the image of ourselves would look like? A bit of fiction, a bit of drawing and geometry, all together.

    A selection of 28 pictures taken by the 7 participants of the workshop were then exposed during the Night of Theatre n°6.




    Creatures of flesh and paper [workshop]

    CREATURES of FLESH & PAPER / double workshop

     From 18th to 29th December 2012, Trimukhi Platform invited a visual artist and an actress from Colombia to give a double workshop in the Santal village of Borotalpada. Nathali Buenaventura shared with the 25 young participants original techniques and strategies to produce and assemble amazing drawings while Paola Ospina leaded them to be as free with their body as if it would be a moving sculpture to be explored. This double workshop was held in the local primary school. The experience concluded by presenting an art installation in movement to the Borotalpada Villagers.

    This double workshop was organized by Trimukhi Platform thanks to the help received from the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, the Bogotá theatre group Teatro Occidente and from Borotalpada Primary School.




    R/T Poetry 3 (in Ecuador) [theatre]

    R/T Poetry 3 (in Ecuador)The Coordination of Theatre projects of the Ecuador Institute of Arts (ITAE, Guayaquil, Ecuador) invited the French stage director Jean-Frédéric Chevallier, co-fundor of Trimukhi Platform, to work with 13 ITAE students from theatre, sound production, visual arts and dance laboratory departments. The rehearsals took place during seven days, 5 hours a day. The fruit of the group work was R/T Poetry 3, a theatre set-up that aimed to awake the feelings of the audience. Entrance was free.

    It is often extremely complicated to explain that there is nothing to explain… In contemporary art, what the spectators feel and think by themselves is most important. In the R/T Poetry series, nobody tries to say anything in particular to the audience except: “feel what you want and think what you feel!” That simple thing is not so simple. The question “what has to be done on the stage so the audience produces its own sensations?” is not an easy one to answer. Neither is it always easy for the spectator to let himself go and to stop keeping under control feelings and thought.




    Night of Theatre n°5 [festival]

    Fifth Night of TheatreIn the Santal Tribal village of Borotalpada, Trimukhi platform  in collaboration with Proyecto 3 (Mexico), CONACULTA (Mexico) and MACE (Calcutta) organised on 25th February 2012 a night long program with stage works performed by five group composed with artists from different social worlds and geographic continents. The Night of Theatre (la Noche de Teatro) was a festival Jean-Frédéric Chevallier had organized first in Mexico City with Proyecto 3 Group in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009. The set-up wanted to be a festive and convivial one. During one night, from seven in the evening to seven in the morning, the audience is invited to see four or five stage works (dance, theatre, performance, music). The shows presented during the night are new creations directed by stage artists invited from Europe, Latin America and Asia. Working together with local teams (dancers, actors, film-makers, musicians, technicians, etc.), they rehearse daily during the weeks preceding the event. The Night of Theatre is the occasion to discover stage propositions different from what the audience is used to see. In this sense, it is invitations to open towards more diversify aesthetic propositions the field of artistic practices.

    With the aim of going deeper in this diversity matter, and to involve in the project social groups usually separated one from the other, the Bengal device had one more characteristic: to produce social mix not only on the stage but also among the audience, the night long festival took place in Borotalpada Village, 230 kilometres from Calcutta...




    Guignol's dol [theatre]

    Guignol's dolGuignol’s dol has been created in the Santal tribal village of Borotalpada, West Bengal, India, on 25th February 2012 during the Fifth Night of Theatre. The set-up on which this work relays tends to produce, in the spectators’ eyes a quadruple series of dissonances -that interrogates and stimulates the spectator's senses and thought-. The first dissonance consists in situating the stage not in an almost wild environment. The second dissonance consists in putting in the mouth of people whose grass root existence is obvious ex-temporal words without geographic anchor. The third has to see with the fact that the words they say are dislocated, broken, as if they would be trying to free themselves from the exigency of conveying a meaning. The last level of dissonance is produced by the coincidence, in a same visual field of individuals whose presence and actions do not want to answer one to the other.

    With Falguni Hansda, Surujmani Hansda, Molina Hembram, Parboti Hansda, Hector Bourges, Kisun Hansda, Arjobeer Aniruddha, Mohan Hembram Directed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier in collaboration with Marc Hatzfeld 




     R/T Poetry 1 (deduction of the voluminous body) & 2  (the royal bioscope company) [theatre]

    R/T Poetry 2R/T Poetry 1: deduction of the voluminous body and R/T Poetry 2: the royal bioscope company are the two first opus in the R/T Poetry series. The rules of the game has been the same: five Bengali students from Jadavpur University (Priyankar Das, Abhirupa Haldar, Ananya Kanjilal, Indrasena Mukhopadhay and Utsarjana Mutsuddi) rehearse during ten days (three hours per day) with Jean-Frédéric Chevallier at MACE in Kolkata. After ten days they presented to the audience the fruit of their experimental research, the first opus in December 2011, the second one in March 2012.             

    It is often extremely complicated to explain that there is nothing to explain… In contemporary art, what the spectators feel and think by themselves is most important. In the R/T Poetry series, nobody tries to say anything in particular to the audience except: “feel what you want and think what you feel!” That simple thing is not so simple. The question “what has to be done on the stage so the audience produces its own sensations?” is not an easy one to answer. Neither is it always easy for the spectator to let himself go and to stop keeping under control feelings and thought.




    Light & Sight 1 [workshop]

    Light & SightIn December 2011 and January 2012, Trimukhi platform invited the Mexican artist Alejandro Orozco to give two workshops on creative and experimental photography, one for the inhabitants of the Santal village of Borotalapda in West Bengal and one for street dwellers outside Shobabazar metro station in Calcutta. Fifteen Santal villagers followed the first course. The second course, held in collaboration with Modern Academy of Continuing Education (MACE) was open to all: apart from five street dwellers, two students from Calcutta University  and a retired C.I.O joined the classes, enriching the process with their presence and their own questions - a multiplicity of sights.




    Reflection about contemporary art [courses and lectures]

    First activitiesAll through out the year 2011, with the purpose of opening and diversifying the reflection about contemporary art as well as to interrogate its social functionsTrimukhi platform  organised in Kolkata, in collaboration with Bengali institution and organizations, courses, workshops and lectures: an "Arts and sensations" course at Modern Academy of Continuing Education (MACE), a "Deleuze on Godard's montage strategy" lecture at Jadavpur University or, with Bibhaban experimental theatre group, a  workshop to think about "What to do with the spectator?" at Proscenium Arts Center, among others. The focus was put on the comprehension and analysis of both aesthetic effects and artistic set-ups, the artist's responsibility and the spectator's activity.

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    Trimukhi preambular seminar [international meeting]

    PREAMBULAR SEMINAR / 3 faces of TrimukhiDuring ten days, in January 2011, Trimukhi platform 's guests, some university professors, some stage artists, some social activists and architects from India, France and Mexico had met in Kolkata and discuss together about the three directions of work Trimukhi platform proposed to explore: social action, artistic creation and academic research. Indian women from tribal, rural and city unprivileged backgrounds also participated to the encounter by giving testimonies and making the discussions more concrete. The questions and topics were: (1) what is a link (relation) about?; (2) minorities, singularities and uniqueness; (3) desire, multiplicities and financial capitalism. This internal seminar has been the starting point for the legal creation of Trimukhi platform as a Bengali not-for-profit organization.




    A breaking down and a multiplication of tissue [theatre]

    A Breaking down and a multiplication of tissueTo create A beaking down and a multiplication of tissue, Jean-Frédéric Chevallier invited a writer, Matthieu Mével, but not to write a text to be represented on stage. He invited him to produce a stage work with the idea of breaking down the text and its signification. What happens then? There is the genuine desire to present  only loved materials: Matthieu Mével's poem, Jean-Frédéric Chevallier's videos, Sandra Goméz's dancing body, Roberto Gonzalez's voice, Rogelio Sosa's sound textures. In this performing act, words become poetry, images look to cinema and recitation is like a singing. A breaking down and a multiplication of tissue works in between theatre, dance, video and music. It leads the audience to a journey where the laws of narration disappear in front of the joys of sensation. What is needed is to let oneself go on in the middle of words flows, Indian women faces, a Colombian dancer’s grace, a Mexican singer’s sensibility. It is an invitation to enjoy the surprising singularities producing by all these unexpected encounters. The première of the show took place during the Fourth Night of Theatre in Mexico City. Presentations continued in Theatre Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, National University Cultural Centre till end of October 2009.



    Un film de Vacances [film-essay]

    Un film de vacancesSimple and aesthetically not so much elaborated, Un film de Vacances (Film of the Vacations) is a fast done and lively documentary. Directed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier and produced by Sukla Bar, the shooting and editing processes took place in two days, in March 2009. At the end of the second day, a screening was organized for the children of the two neighbouring villages where the work had been done: Morapai (Christian) and Hatnagar (Hindu) in South 24 Paraganas District.




    Monsoon Night Dream [theatre]

    Monsoon Night DreamWhy 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? With these questions in mind, Jean-Frédéric Chevallier and Sukla Bar proposed to 15 people from Borotalpada, a tribal 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: seven women, three men and four musicians are doing quotidian actions or gestures from their daily lives, performing parts of Santal dances or just looking at someone in this audience. With the aim of building bridges between social groups, the performance, after being presenting in Borotaplda in September 2008, had been brought to Kolkata and presented in Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (Ministry of Culture) and Jadavpur University, in January 2009.




    Drowning Princess [film-essay]

    Drowning PrincessDrowning Princess is the second film directed by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier and Maïa Nicolas and this time with the collaboration of Sukla Bar and Pinakin Takar. Produced by Proyecto 3, Darpana Academy of Performing Arts and Trimukhi platform. It is a sensitive journey around women and their right to live, in India and elsewhere. Shot in Gujarat, Maharastra, Kerala, West Bengal as well as in Paris, the film declines, sometimes in a playful way, sometimes in an ironic manner and sometimes in a loving one, a refection about the so called "disappearing daughters" in India - due, on one hand, to social conservative pressures and, on the other hand, to the dowry practice that the bride family has to provide to the groom family. Nor a fiction, nor a documentary, it is a film-essay. 




    Akashkushum Rochona Kora [theatre]

    Trimukhi PlatformDuring four months, Jean-Frédéric Chevallier worked with seven women from Ankur Kala (a centre of handicraft production for women from Kolkata slums). What they have produced all together, it's a kind of walking performing act. The audience, in very reduce number, is invited to cross different spaces of the training centre and to contemplate, in a very simple way, the presence of the women who are here, like a sweet invitation to go on in our life journey. If there is any meaning, it is build by each one in the audience, personally, differently, and from own feelings. Something a little different from what Calcutta audience is used to see, the presentations took place in November 2008.




    Bombay Railways [theatre]

    Bombay RailwaysBombay Railways is maybe the most heterogeneous work put on stage by Jean-Frédéric Chevallier with the Proyecto 3 group. During three months, the team settled in the underground part of the Theatre Arq. Carlos Lazo, in the National University of Mexico, trying to find out how to give space to the space. The fruit of this long process became a set-up where simultaneous actions (some very quotidian, other extremely theatrical) in different part of the underground (obliging the audience to move to each one) alternated with group sequences during which the spectators could not build back a front: because actors where running among them, because bottles, tubes, woods sticks where thrown from up or simply because the configuration was in circle. The stage work was presented during the Third Night of Theatre, on 16th November 2007, and then presented in the same place during the following next three months.

    Questa è la fine del mondo ? [film-essay]

    Questa è la fine del mondo ?Questa è la fine del mondo ? is 40 minutes film witch does not deal with anything ... It is not a fiction, not a documentary. It is a film-essay made with actors from the Mexican Proyecto 3 group, with a family from a Maya tribal village in the south-est of Mexico and with extracts from two novels by the Mexican writer Salvador Elizondo: The Secret Hipogeo and Farabeuf. Only three "with" and some genuine questions: How to put in order images and sounds in a way that audience is anchored in the present moment and can be by then deriving? How to focus the attention in such a way that it will disperse in many unforeseen directions ? This film received an honorific award from Ensanada Film 2007.

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