Performa Presents

Lafayette Anticipation Session

Simon Fujiwara and Christodoulos Panayiotou

Performa Hub
47 Walker St.
New York, NY 10013


Lafayette Anticipation (Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette in Paris) joins forces with Performa for a series of performances and screenings throughout the biennial. On November 7, the foundation sets up headquarters at the Performa Hub and presents recent projects and collaborations including:

New Pompidou by Simon Fujiwara:
The biennial welcomes the return of Performa 11 artist Simon Fujiwara with his film New Pompidou, produced by Lafayette Anticipation, which followed the street procession the artist orchestrated in 2014 in the heart of Paris. During a six-week residency at the foundation, Fujiwara reflected on his youthful aspirations of becoming an architect cut short by the overwhelming feelings he experienced upon his first encounter with the actual Centre Pompidou building designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers. A talented storyteller, Fujiwara conceived an elaborate narrative merging personal memories, ephemera, and architectural tools that led to the creation of a sculpture, which embarked on a poetical procession through the streets of the French capital to the Centre Pompidou.

Dying on Stage by Christodoulos Panayiotou (with Jean Capeille):
Inspired by Rudolf Nureyev’s lavish 1991 staging of the classical ballet La Bayadère, choreographed while his health was critically deteriorating, Panayiotou’s lecture-performance Dying on Stage is a romantic meditation on the impossible theatrical representation of death. Exploring various literal, metaphorical, and symbolic deaths and playing dead on stage, the artist addresses the concept of “tragic irony” via a wide range of readings, video clips and archival material, as well as choreographic interludes by dancer Jean Capeille.


Welcome speeches

Screening of Simon Fujiwara’s film New Pompidou followed by a conversation between the artist and Stuart Comer, Chief Curator of the Department of Media and Performance Art at MoMA.

Christodoulos Panayiotou’s lecture-performance Dying on Stage with dancer Jean Capeille.

Image credit: Simon Fujiwara, 2014; photo by Nicolas Giraud, courtesy of the artist and Fondation d'enterprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris. Christodoulos Panayiotou, The Parting Discourse, 2015; photo by Aurélien Mole, courtesy of the artist, Rodeo, London/Istanbul, and Kamel Mennour, Paris.


Produced by Performa in association with Lafayette Anticipation – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris.

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