C’est pas là, c’est par là (It’s Not That Way, It’s This Way) by Galmae (France)
Saturday, September 3, 8:30 pm$15
Street artist Juhyung Lee transforms a crowd of spectators into a problem-solving collective on the hill overlooking PS21’s Pavilion Theater. A string installation resembling a freshly woven spider’s web reconfigures the public space. One spectator picks up a stone and starts to roll up the string bound to it, another walks into the middle of the labyrinth and contemplates the unraveling tangle. Passing over and under the threads, the spectators, transformed into actors in the performance, help each other. The neutral space becomes a meeting place, the individuals form a community.
After touring the world, Galmae’s collective performance “C’est pas là, C’est par là” will engage audiences with the PS21 landscape, where as participants they negotiate their relationships to space, place, and one another through a designed environment built specifically for the performance. This playful, political, participatory work will be a highlight of PATHWAYS programming.
“When I created this show,” Juhyung Lee said in an interview, “my question was: to what extent can one say that a performance is political? A “committed” show wasn’t the answer for me. I wanted to imagine a situation where the spectators look at themselves instead of at the artists. I wanted to avoid being in the position of teaching the audience a lesson.”
Free for students and youth.