Clement Layes

Saturday, February 1, 2014


Allege examines the possibility of an action that is not determined from the outside but is created from within itself. What can I do or not do to open up a field of undreamt-of possibilities?”
—Clément Layes

Humorous and conceptual, this solo by Clément Layes mixes performance art, philosophy, and dance with Chaplinesque virtuosity. Balancing a glass of water on his head for the duration of the performance, he takes us on a contemplative journey involving habit and expectation, the absurdities of life, and overlooked small moments of beauty.

With a background in circus arts, dance, and philosophy, French/German physical theater artist Clement Layes presents a remarkable physical feat and a personal universe that metaphorically mixes visual arts, choreography, and deeper thinking around the daily life of objects.

This performance is presented in conjunction with Seth Lloyds’ talk, Programming the Universe.

Ash Bulayev

Public in Private, found by Clement Layes and Jasna Layes-Vinovrski in Berlin in 2008, researches, reflects, and questions social, political, and cultural structures, as well the individual’s position in these structures. Public in Private’s goal in its collaborative approach is to broaden the borders of choreographic language and create different thinking, perception, and reflection of different mediums of creation. The company’s primary aim is to further develop choreography as a contemporary art form.

February 1, 2014, 8PM

A production by Public in Private. Thanks to Sophiensaele, Tanztage Berlin, Festival Ardanthé, Dock 11, CND Paris.
Supported by the Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department.


“... one you should not miss ... cutting edge ... allege is a solo that is constantly evolving ... clever and unpretentious.” Cyprus Mail


EMPAC 2013-2014 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