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Imitation of Lives by Jimmy Robert - Performa 17 / The Glass House

Jimmy Robert, Imitation of Lives (2017). Rehearsal view, pictured: NIC Kay and Quenton Stuckey. Courtesy of the artist, Performa, and The Glass House.

For his Performa Commission, Bucharest-based, French artist Jimmy Robert will inhabit Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, transforming the modernist icon into a stage for an intimate performance that delves into the intersections of architecture, visibility, and black representation. Drawing on the house’s idiosyncratic features, Robert has devised a score of choreographic phrases, music, and poetry for two performers, who will engage in a subtle game of looking and being looked at. Robert’s layered performance will turn the Glass House into an arena where exposure, representation, and power can be thought anew.

Co-commissioned with The Glass House. Co-curated by Charles Aubin and Cole Akers, Curator of The Glass House.

Click here for more information about Imitation of Lives

Read here an interview between artist Jimmy Robert and architect and scholar Mario Gooden

Supported by the Performa Commissioning Fund and FUSED (French U.S. Exchange in Dance), a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts-National Dance Project and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York in collaboration with FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), with lead funding from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and private donors.

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