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Curtain (New Settings 2012)

Cutting the curtain…

Curtain – a new work by dancer-choreographer Jonah Bokaer and sculptor and stage designer Daniel Arsham – is a tongue-in-cheek salute to the end of the classic stage curtain, and a fitting curtain-raiser for New Settings 2012, full of ‘non-Newtonian’ surprises.


Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Curtain (New Settings 2012)
© Liza Voll, courtesy Jacob’s Pillow Dance 2012

Jonah Bokaer and Daniel Arsham’s new work Curtain is a burning dialogue, overturning the traditional codes of dance theatre, and bringing the stage to life. The duo’s fifth new work highlights pure movement, reflected in shifting sculptures by Arsham, in sand, plaster and a ‘non-Newtonian’ substance of his own making. Part solid, part liquid, or neither, the medium covers the floor and walls, enveloping the dancers as an essential partner in the choreographic score, orchestrated at will by Bokaer.

Presented in Paris as part of the Foundation’s New Settings season, Curtain comprises three separate pieces: two solos performed by Jonah Bokaer, and a duet for leading young dancers on New York’s contemporary scene, where Bokaer has a dedicated following, notably for his work at the alternative venue Chez Bushwick. Eager to explore new territory at the cross-over between the performing and visual arts, scenography and performance, Bokaer has found an ideal partner and alter-ego in Arsham, and his ‘magical’ architectural vision.

Work by Daniel Arsham will show throughout Curtain’s Paris run at Galerie Perrotin, where Bokaer will also be performing in situ.

Curtain: a staged duet for dancer and sculptor.

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Jonah Bokaer will stage a performance at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, for the opening of Daniel Arsham’s new exhibition on Saturday November 3rd, at 6.30 p.m.



Concept et choregraphy Jonah Bokaer
Scenography Daniel Arsham
Interpretation Jonah Bokaer, Adam H. Weinert, James McGinn
Music Chris Garneau
Costumes Richard Chai
Audio tape Conférence de John Cage à Jacob’s Pillow, États-Unis (1984)
European broadcasting Julie George/Damien Valette


Produced by the Festival d’Avignon / Sujets à Vif  ; SACD ; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival ; Chez Bushwick.
With the support of the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès.
In partnership with the Théâtre de la Cité internationale.