All prior performances of Cédric Andrieux have taken place on raised proscenium stages, and audiences were seated in traditional rows. At the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston (CAMH), audiences members will be seated level with the performer, and surrounding the stage on three sides. With visual barriers erased, audience members should feel as though they've been taken behind-the-scenes.

Double Life explores theatricality in it effects. The presence of an audience—understood as a collective of observing and observed subjects—is part of each artists’ projects. This exhibition considers performance and the “performative turn,” a recent shift from understanding performance as art to an understanding of life itself as a form of performance. Notions of the observer as passive and the presenter as active are challenged. In addition, by moving presentations down from the stage, literally and/or metaphorically, a tangible physical site is established where the borders between reality and fiction blur. This situation affords viewers the opportunity to enter and investigate evocative spaces.

In a recent series, choreographer Jérôme Bel explores the subjective experiences of dancers; the video Veronique Doisneau (2004) and performance Cédric Andrieux (2009) are two such works. After Doisneau and Andrieux share their individual histories and experiences as dancers with Bel, he creates a script from their stories, which the performers present on stage. This twist in authorship demonstrates how Bel challenges notions of subjectivity: whose words are being spoken? The author’s? The dancer’s? As Doisneau and Andrieux recount personal anecdotes, alternating them with physical demonstrations of movement, we see Bel reject the notion that dancers are mere bodies employed to execute a choreographer’s vision. By making the dancers’ labor and character visible, Bel opens a space for the expression of their individual subjectivity onstage.

In singular ways, this performance choreographs the audience’s movement and interpret real-life narratives through filters of fantasy, abstraction, and staging. As a result, these works may deliver the sensation of going “behind-the-scenes.” On further consideration, one may sense a relationship between oneself and a sense of participation within a larger political or social body, a movement.

Opening Reception: Double Life
Friday, December 12 | 6:30-9PM
Celebrate with us at the opening reception of Double Life. Curator Dean Daderko will lead a gallery walk-through of the exhibition at 7PM. Reception with cash bar.

In Conversation: Haegue Yang and Dean Daderko
Saturday, December 13 | 2PM
Artist Haegue Yang will join Curator Dean Daderko in conversation about her work and the exhibition Double Life. Yang is a Korean artist based in Berlin and Seoul. Her work has been seen in solo exhibitions organized by the Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway (2013); the Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2012); the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Bregenz, Austria (2011); the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2009); and in the Korean Pavilion of the 53rd Venice Biennale in Italy (2009). 

Performance: Cédric Andrieux

Friday, January 30 | 7PM

Internationally-renowned choreographer Jérôme Bel offers viewers an inside look into what it’s like to be a dancer in the revealing performance Cédric Andrieux. Professional dancer Andrieux translates his experience as a dancer, including his many years with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and the Lyon Opera Ballet, into a one-man show to give viewers an intimate look into a performer who has lived the history of contemporary dance. Moving beyond dance, the performance “works well as an illumination of the hard work, frustration, boredom, depression, physical pain and absurdity that are part of any life and career,” Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times.

Admission is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

Artist Talk with Jérôme Bel and Performance: Cédric Andrieux

Saturday, January 31 | 2PM talk; Performance at 3PM

CAMH invites you to a two-part presentation held in conjunction with the exhibition Double Life featuring an artist talk with Jérôme Bel at 2PM followed by a performance of Cédric Andrieux at 3PM.

Internationally-renowned choreographer Jérôme Bel offers viewers an inside look into what it’s like to be a dancer in the revealing performance Cédric Andrieux. Professional dancer Andrieux translates his experience as a dancer, including his many years with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and the Lyon Opera Ballert, into a one-man show to give viewers an intimate look into a performer who has lived the history of contemporary dance. Moving beyond dance, the performance “works well as an illumination of the hard work, frustration, boredom, depression, physical pain and absurdity that are part of any life and career,” Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times.

For more information, please visit the CAMH

The exhibit will be on view until March 15, 2015

Photo credit
©JeromeBel-MarcoCaselliNirmal

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston 5216 Montrose Boulevard, Houston Texas 77006

DOUBLE LIFE - Jérôme Bel at CAMH

When
December 13, 2014 - March 15, 2015
Where
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
5216 Montrose Boulevard, Houston Texas 77006

All prior performances of Cédric Andrieux have taken place on raised proscenium stages, and audiences were seated in traditional rows. At the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston (CAMH), audiences members will be seated level with the performer, and surrounding the stage on three sides. With visual barriers erased, audience members should feel as though they've been taken behind-the-scenes.

Double Life explores theatricality in it effects. The presence of an audience—understood as a collective of observing and observed subjects—is part of each artists’ projects. This exhibition considers performance and the “performative turn,” a recent shift from understanding performance as art to an understanding of life itself as a form of performance. Notions of the observer as passive and the presenter as active are challenged. In addition, by moving presentations down from the stage, literally and/or metaphorically, a tangible physical site is established where the borders between reality and fiction blur. This situation affords viewers the opportunity to enter and investigate evocative spaces.

In a recent series, choreographer Jérôme Bel explores the subjective experiences of dancers; the video Veronique Doisneau (2004) and performance Cédric Andrieux (2009) are two such works. After Doisneau and Andrieux share their individual histories and experiences as dancers with Bel, he creates a script from their stories, which the performers present on stage. This twist in authorship demonstrates how Bel challenges notions of subjectivity: whose words are being spoken? The author’s? The dancer’s? As Doisneau and Andrieux recount personal anecdotes, alternating them with physical demonstrations of movement, we see Bel reject the notion that dancers are mere bodies employed to execute a choreographer’s vision. By making the dancers’ labor and character visible, Bel opens a space for the expression of their individual subjectivity onstage.

In singular ways, this performance choreographs the audience’s movement and interpret real-life narratives through filters of fantasy, abstraction, and staging. As a result, these works may deliver the sensation of going “behind-the-scenes.” On further consideration, one may sense a relationship between oneself and a sense of participation within a larger political or social body, a movement.

Opening Reception: Double Life
Friday, December 12 | 6:30-9PM
Celebrate with us at the opening reception of Double Life. Curator Dean Daderko will lead a gallery walk-through of the exhibition at 7PM. Reception with cash bar.

In Conversation: Haegue Yang and Dean Daderko
Saturday, December 13 | 2PM
Artist Haegue Yang will join Curator Dean Daderko in conversation about her work and the exhibition Double Life. Yang is a Korean artist based in Berlin and Seoul. Her work has been seen in solo exhibitions organized by the Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway (2013); the Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2012); the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Bregenz, Austria (2011); the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2009); and in the Korean Pavilion of the 53rd Venice Biennale in Italy (2009). 

Performance: Cédric Andrieux

Friday, January 30 | 7PM

Internationally-renowned choreographer Jérôme Bel offers viewers an inside look into what it’s like to be a dancer in the revealing performance Cédric Andrieux. Professional dancer Andrieux translates his experience as a dancer, including his many years with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and the Lyon Opera Ballet, into a one-man show to give viewers an intimate look into a performer who has lived the history of contemporary dance. Moving beyond dance, the performance “works well as an illumination of the hard work, frustration, boredom, depression, physical pain and absurdity that are part of any life and career,” Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times.

Admission is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

Artist Talk with Jérôme Bel and Performance: Cédric Andrieux

Saturday, January 31 | 2PM talk; Performance at 3PM

CAMH invites you to a two-part presentation held in conjunction with the exhibition Double Life featuring an artist talk with Jérôme Bel at 2PM followed by a performance of Cédric Andrieux at 3PM.

Internationally-renowned choreographer Jérôme Bel offers viewers an inside look into what it’s like to be a dancer in the revealing performance Cédric Andrieux. Professional dancer Andrieux translates his experience as a dancer, including his many years with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and the Lyon Opera Ballert, into a one-man show to give viewers an intimate look into a performer who has lived the history of contemporary dance. Moving beyond dance, the performance “works well as an illumination of the hard work, frustration, boredom, depression, physical pain and absurdity that are part of any life and career,” Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times.

For more information, please visit the CAMH

The exhibit will be on view until March 15, 2015

Photo credit
©JeromeBel-MarcoCaselliNirmal

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