Performance Day — Alfred Jarry Archipelago


Installation, painting, video

Performance Day
Alfred Jarry Archipelago

Past: Saturday, February 13, 2016 2 PM → 12 AM

More and more frequently contemporary artists are blending the codes of the visual arts with those of the stage, in an exploration of an interspace of potential art forms. As a fundamentally multidisciplinary venture, La Ferme du Buisson has an obligation to welcome and assist practices that include performance as an active force in the transgression of conventional limitations.

Performance Day is a new, annual event, with international artists and curators being invited to make use of our theatre space. The aim is to work with other art bodies and festivals, with an emphasis on sharing insights and (co)producing hybrid works of art.

For this first edition it seemed natural to invoke Alfred Jarry, that iconic scuttler of categories, as its tutelary figure. Trying in with La Valse des pantins exhibition and the international Alfred Jarry Archipelago project, Performance Day is a celebration of physical and linguistic contortions, absurdist humour and blatant amateurism; these being the tools the participating artists bring to a meticulous deconstruction of accepted standards, via approaches including marathon performances, open-air strolls and sound installations, screenings, improvised musical happenings, readings from Jarry and barroom-style discussions about « the uselessness of the theatre to the theatre.



• 14:00

  • Dominique Gilliot, performance / duration 10h

• 14:30

  • Reading Jarry out loud, readings / duration 1h

• 14:30

  • Hugues Decointet, sound installation activated by a performance / duration 30min
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Hugues Decointet, Dramavox, model for a theatre of voices II, 2015 © Hugues Decointet

• 15:30

  • Katarina Ševic & Tehnica Schweiz, discussion / book-signing / duration 1h

• 17:00

  • Sarah Vanhee1, environment-performance / duration 2h30

• 17:30

  • Hugues Decointet, sound installation activated by a performance / duration 30min

• 19:00

  • Jean-Christophe Meurisse1, film / duration 50min
Performance day la ferme du buisson jean christophe meurisse medium
Jean-Christophe Meurisse, Il est des nôtres, 2013 © Production Ecce Films

• 20:30

  • Benjamin Seror1, performance / duration 1h20

• 20:45

  • Les Chiens de Navarre1, show / duration 1h

• 22:30

  • Jean-Christophe Meurisse1, film / duration 50min

• 22:30

On the uselessness of theatricality in theatre, discussion / duration 1h


  • Alfred Jarry Archipelago : La valse des pantins — Acte II, guided tour of the exhibition
  • Hugues Decointet, sculptural and sound installation
  • Kasia Fudakowski, projection
  • Petrit Halilaj, sound installation
  • Luigi Presicce, projection vidéo
  • Cally Spooner, installation and musical performances
Performance day la ferme du buisson cally spooner medium
Cally Spooner, Damning Evidence Illicit Behaviour Seemingly Insurmountable Great Sadness Terminated in Any Matter, 2014 Enea Righi Collection, Courtesy of the artist and gb agency, Paris — Photo © Marc Domage

1 Booking essential for Sarah Vanhee, Jean-Christophe Meurisse, Benjamin Seror and Les Chiens de Navarre (limited seats) : +33 1 64 62 77 77

Shuttle from and to Paris-Bastille > la Ferme du Buisson : 1pm/midnight, on reservation : +33 1 64 62 77 77

Curators : Leonardo Bigazzi, Keren Detton, Julie Pellegrin, Eva Wittocx

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Allée de la Ferme

77186 Marne-la-Vallée

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Opening hours

Wednesday – Sunday, 2 PM – 7:30 PM
et les soirs de spectacles

Admission fee

Entrée libre

Venue schedule

The artists

  • Julien Bismuth
  • Benjamin Seror
  • Mike Kelley
  • Dora Garcia
  • Tala Madani
  • William Anastasi
  • Nathaniel Mellors
  • Dominique Gilliot
  • Kasia Fudakowski
  • Petrit Halilaj
And 12 others…