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French Artists at the Performa Biennale in New York

The New York Performa 2015 Biennale has ordered two in situ works from choreographer Jérôme Bel and visual artist Pauline Curnier-Jardin, also presenting for the first time a piece by Volmir Cordeiro.

Ballet (New York) de Jérôme Bel

Ballet (New York) plays with how these environments each frame and shape the ways we see and "feel" dance. For this new piece, Bel works with a community of trained and untrained New York-based performers of various ages and backgrounds and instructs them through a series of tasks to which they respond. Ballet (New York) treads the fine line between the banal and the theatrical, as the motley ensemble explores their relationships to each other but also to our own fantasies of what dance can be.
  • November, 5: master class by Jérôme Bel
  • November 6, 7, 14, 15, 19: Ballet (New York), Marian Goodman Gallery, Martha Graham Studio Theater and Museo del Barrio

Inês by Volmir Cordeir

Manically, the charismatic performer introduces us to an absent woman, Inês, a 57-year-old housewife who would like to be acknowledged, recognized, and adored. And through the slender and agile dancer, she lives her dream by proxy. Trained within the French tradition of “conceptual” dance and well acquainted with its leaders such as Xavier Le Roy and Emmanuelle Huynh, Cordeiro brings a cheekier, and sometimes lascivious, dance style to this North-American premiere. Alternating between feline gait and carnival grotesque, Inês explores the titillating relationship between performer and spectator as Inês’s aspirations mirror our own voracity for new performers to discover, observe, evaluate, and eventually discard.
  • November, 6-7 : Danspace Project

The Resurrection Plot by Pauline Curnier-Jardin

Via a series of singing tableaux vivants drawn from a wealth of historic and anachronistic sources as diverse as witchcraft, voguing, and the animal kingdom, the artist plays across sixteenth century pageantries. The performance pays tribute to Renaissance “misfits,” among them painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo, ceramicist Bernard Palissy, and writer François Rabelais, all known for the overgrown and carnivalesque saturation of natural elements in their work. With her way of juxtaposing incongruous elements—where regenerative animals such as lizards and cicadas meet allegories of planets—Curnier Jardin creates an eccentric “Gesamtkunstwerk” that reconsiders the Renaissance from a subversive perspective, challenging the figure of the “Renaissance Man” and its conquering hubris.
  • November 4, 5, 6 : The Resurrection Plot, Pioneer Works
  • November, 10 : master class
  •   Pauline Curnier Jardin, The Lady Weather Speakerine in Keys To Our Heart (2012), PSM Gallery, Berlin.jpg  
  •   Jérôme Bel, Gala (2015) © Véronique Ellena  
  •   Jérôme Bel, Gala (2015 © Véronique Ellena  
  •   Volmir Cordeiro, Inês (2014) © Cristiano Prim  
  •   Volmir Cordeiro, Inês (2014) © Margot Videcoq