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In Performance: Michael Portnoy’s 100 Big Entrances at Palais de Tokyo (Paris)

In Performance: Michael Portnoy’s 100 Big Entrances at Palais de Tokyo (Paris)

100 Big Entrances
Michael Portnoy
Palais de Tokyo
Date: 20/06/2013 – 20:00
Place: Level 1 – Salle trente-sept
In the frame of “Un escalier d’ eau – A water staircase”
Curated by Natalia Valencia

Michael Portnoy 180 Big Entrances 2012 Courtesy of the artist

Michael Portnoy 100 Big Entrances 2012 Courtesy of the artist

The artist gives abstract, alchemical instructions through a microphone for an actor to perform a variety of complex “big entrances” into the theatre. The confrontation between this otherworldly visitor and the public initiates an elaborate language game that influences the different degrees of absorption of the audience.

Artist bio
Michael Portnoy (Washington D.C., 1971), grounds his research on humour theory and the possibilities of performance and experimental theatre, staging elaborate situations where the audience’s rationality and spontaneity are defied through complex behaviour games. He lives and works in New York City.

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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.

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