RE: Walden

Jean-François Peyret

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Inspired by the writings of transcendental philosopher Henry David Thoreau and the two years he spent living by Walden Pond, RE: Walden melds theater, music, live performance, and large-scale video projection. Images from Walden Pond overlap with sound and text in an integrated experience that joins an intricate automated orchestra playing with the live piano score, a single performer, and interactive video. Using voice and movement, the performer influences, triggers, and interacts with the complex web of sonic and visual elements at play to create a multi-layered interpretation of Thoreau’s revolutionary musings of Walden Pond. Directed by Jean-François Peyret, this project brings together a stellar group of collaborative artists, many of whom have never been presented in the United States.

Hélène Lesterlin

Director Jean-François Peyret’s work uses theater to imagine reveries around the living and artificial, bodies and machines, and variations on the theme of man’s technical destiny. His works often spring from the writings of philosophers and scientists. His most recent performances include Le cas de Sophie K., based on the life of Russian mathematician Sophie Kovalevskaïa, Tournant autour de Galilée, on which he collaborated with Françoise Balibar and Alain Prochiantz, and Ex vivo/in vitro. Between 1982 and 1994 he collaborated with Jean Jourdheuil on the creation of more than 15 shows, using non-dramatic texts by writers such as Montaigne or Lucrèce, and exploring the work of Heiner Müller. He then created a cycle of theater pieces at the MC93 in Bobigny based on characters and people such as Faust, Ovid, Alan Turing, and Charles Darwin.

RE: Walden
Studio 1—Goodman
March 3, 2012, 8PM
Return to Quote Unquote
Jean-François Peyret
Alexandros Markeas
Electro-Acoustic Setup:
Thierry Coduys
Pierre Nouvel
Sophie Leleu
Jos Houben

coproduction: tf2 compagnie Jean-François Peyret - Le Fresnoy Studio national des arts contemporains - avec le soutien de l'EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center) du Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, du Théâtre Paris-Villette, du manège.mons/CECN, de NUMEDIEART, du LIMSI-CNRS et des AJN (Ateliers Jean Nouvel), ESAM (Caen), FIJAD (ERAC). Avec l'aide du DICRéAM et de la DRAC Ile de France.

RE: Walden was supported via a production residency at EMPAC made possible with the support of Etant donnés: The French-American Fund for the Performing Arts, a program of FACE.

EMPAC 2011-2012 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA