199 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT 06840
In Imitation of Lives, Bucharest-based French visual artist Jimmy Robert occupies Philip Johnson’s iconic Glass House in New Canaan, CT, turning the modernist icon into a stage for an intimate performance that delves into the intersections of architecture, visibility, and black representation. In this live collage, Robert draws on the house’s idiosyncratic features to devise a piece that merges poetry and music for a cast engaged in a subtle game of looking and being looked at in turn. Robert’s layered performance turns the Glass House into an arena where exposure, representation, and power can be thought anew
Image credit: Jimmy Robert, Imitation of Lives, 2017. Photos © Paula Court. Courtesy of Performa.
Co-curated by Charles Aubin and Cole Akers, Curator of The Glass House. Co-commissioned with The Glass House. Supported by the Performa Commissioning Fund and FUSED (French U.S. Exchange in Dance), a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts-National Dance Project and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York in collaboration with FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), with lead funding from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and private donors. With additional support from Andy Romer. This project has been selected and supported by the patronage committee for the arts of the FNAGP.
Performers: NIC Kay, Jimmy Robert, and Quenton Stuckey
Painting: Loos / De Bruycker marble (2017) by Lucy McKenzie
Costume design: Carmen Secareanu (robes) and Regina M. Rizzo (t-shirts)
Voice coach: Emily Kron
Thanks to Felix Burrichter, Ion Dumitrescu, Jason Farago, Davalois Fearon, Mario Gooden, Matthias Mau, Tom McDonough, Ben Pryor, and Mabel O. Wilson.