Now that bodies are occupying more and more museums, choreographer and philosopher Noé Soulier is presenting an opposite movement: what if instead of bodies, the artworks themselves adapted to a new space? Performing Art presents twenty pieces from the collection of the Centre Pompidou. You do not see them as you walk through a museum, but from your seat in the theatre. The actors are members of the technical staff at the museum, and they unpack the artworks onstage following a strict procedure.
How does looking at the installation of an artwork influence your perception of it? Do the technicians’ practical actions change the viewers’ perspective, as if they are watching a choreography? Does the theatrical context affect the aura of an artwork? Various media are used in this production: photography, painting, sound, video, and installations. Furthermore, Soulier has selected both fine and applied arts to address questions about the everyday vs. art. In Performing Art, the ‘Performing Arts’ are not manifested as the ‘art of performance’ but as the ‘performance of art’.
created by Noé Soulier | with Caroline Camus Caplain & Aurélie Gavelle [of Centre Pompidou], Théo Duporté, Malak Maatoug, Todd Narbey, Miguel Miceli, Thomas Collinet & Laurent Isnard [of Globart / Monin] | curatorial advice Marcella Lista | lights Victor Burel & Noé Soulier | production ND Productions, Alma Office, Kaaitheater | support Fondation d’entreprise Hermès | co-production Musée national d’art moderne/Les spectacles vivants-Centre Pompidou, La Place de la Danse - CDCN Toulouse, CN D Centre national de la danse, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Kanal – Centre Pompidou, Kaaitheater | with the support of Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles d’Île-de-France – Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication au titre de l’aide à la structuration | Noé Soulier is associated artist at La Place de la Danse - CDCN Toulouse / Occitanie & CN D Centre national de la danse