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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 a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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