Performa Presents

Pauline Curnier Jardin

The Resurrection Plot
Run time: Approx 1hr
Run time: Approx 1hr
Run time: Approx 1hr

Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231

$20, $10

$40 - Nov. 4: premiere followed by cocktail reception, food, and music.

With her Resurrection Plot Amsterdam-based French visual artist Pauline Curnier Jardin takes the audience on an idiosyncratic journey through the Renaissance nodding toward the period’s emphasis on renewal, revival, and regeneration.

Via a series of singing tableaux vivants drawn from a wealth of historic and anachronistic sources as diverse as witchcraft, voguing, and the animal kingdom, the artist plays across sixteenth century pageantries. The performance pays tribute to Renaissance “misfits,” among them painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo, ceramicist Bernard Palissy, and writer François Rabelais, all known for the overgrown and carnivalesque saturation of natural elements in their work. With her way of juxtaposing incongruous elements—where regenerative animals such as lizards and cicadas meet allegories of planets—Curnier Jardin creates an eccentric “Gesamtkunstwerk” that reconsiders the Renaissance from a subversive perspective, challenging the figure of the “Renaissance Man” and its conquering hubris.

Curated by Charles Aubin.



Choreography and direction by Pauline Curnier Jardin in collaboration with the performers

Performers Pauline Curnier Jardin, Simon Fravéga d’Amore, Hélène Iratchet, Mikey Mahar, and Viviana Moin

Costumes and set design Rachel Garcia and Pauline Curnier Jardin, assisted by Marjorie Potiron and Julia Stadelmann

Wardrobe supervisor Eleanor O’Connell

Music composed and performed by Claire Vailler

Lighting design Scot Gianelli assisted by Jessica Creager 

Production Xica Aires, Daniel Carroll, and Estelle Nabeyrat of Performa

Volunteers Olivia Andrews, Anaïs Delsol, Becky Neil, Golnaz Shariat, Xige Xia, and Yujia (Erica) Zhang

Image credit: Pauline Curnier Jardin, The Resurrection Plot, 2015. A Performa Commission. Photos © Paula Court.


Produced by Performa in association with Lafayette Anticipation - Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris. Co-presented with Pioneer Works. Supported by PSM gallery, Berlin, Amy and Ronald Guttman, the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Institut Français à Paris, and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.

Pauline’s Party is supported by ArtBinder, Aviv, and Dig Inn.

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