THEATRE TODAY with Ariane Mnouchkine

In an effort to promote collective creation between France and India, students, artists, and intellectuals from West Bengal and India are invited to spend three days at Open Air Theatre (OAT) in Jadavpur University with French stage director Ariane Mnouchkine and French-Santhal-Bengali organisation Trimukhi Platform.

In the evenings, participants attend a double theatre performance. The first – Essay on Seasonal Variation in Santhal Society – awakens spectators’ thoughts and senses. The second – Try Me Under Water – invites the audience to go deeper in the contemplation and even loose ground. The nocturnal wandering at JU campus concludes with a multi-track video projection reflected on the water.

During the day, participants join Ariane Mnouchkine and Trimukhi Platform in creating a free and friendly discussion space which encourages questions about theatre today, such as this one: If theatre has stopped representing and communicating, how does one speak about what happens on stage? Or that one: How do we do the theatre we do?

The three days event logic is concrete and practical: a moment here with Trimukhi Platform and a moment there with Ariane Mnouchkine, then a moment here again, then a moment there again until finally opening a creative dialogue. This festivity of today theatre diversity – and by hence huge spectrum of possibilities – is part of Bonjour India, a four-month-long celebration of Indo-French innovation, creativity and partnership.



⇒ 6:30 pm Words of Introduction by Damien Syed (Consul General of France in Kolkata), Pk. Ghosh (Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Jadavpur University), Fabrice Plançon (Director of Alliance française du Bengale), Alice Brunot (Cultural Attachée at Institut Français, India), Samantak Das (Head of Comparative Literature Department, Jadavpur University) and Jean-Frédéric Chevallier (Director of Trimukhi Platform)

⇒ 6:45 pm Essay on Seasonal Variation in Santhal Society • Theatre performance by Trimukhi Platform

⇒ 7:45 pm Try Me Under Water • Night wandering by Trimukhi Platform


⇒ 11 am How Do We Do The Theatre We Do? part 1 – Conversation with Ariane Mnouchkine (moderator: Jean-Frédéric Chevallier)

⇒ 1 pm Lunch

⇒ 3 pm How Do We do the Theatre We do? part 2 – Conversation with Ariane Mnouchkine

⇒ 5 pm Tea break

⇒ 6 pm  Essay on Seasonal Variation in Santhal Society • Theatre performance by Trimukhi Platform

⇒ 7 pm Try Me Under Water • Night wandering by Trimukhi Platform


⇒ 11 am How Do We Do The Theatre We Do? part 3 – Dialogue between Ariane Mnouchkine and Trimukhi Platform (moderator: Samantak Das)

⇒ 1 pm Words of Conclusion by Samantak Das (Head of Comparative Literature Department)

⇒ 1:30 pm Lunch



To participate in the event it is mandatory to attend all conversations and one of the two evenings performances.

To register send an e-mail to with your name, occupation, e-mail ID, phone number. In the same, confirm by written that you will be attending all conversations on 6th and 7th February as well as the double performance on 5th or 6th evening. Indicate “Registration Theatre Today” as e-mail subject.

(the entrance to the daytime activities  is open only to those who attend all the conversations)

ARTIST : Ariane Mnouchkine
CREATED WITH : Trimukhi Platform, Jadavpur University


Jadavpur University of Kolkata



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