The Resurrection Plot

Performance, 65min, 2015

Commissionned by Performa
Showed at Pioneer Works, NY during Performa 15
Curated by Charles Aubin

Choreography and direction: Pauline Curnier Jardin in collaboration with the performers
Performers: Pauline Curnier Jardin, Simon Fravéga d’Amore, Hélène Iratchet, Mikey Mahar, and Viviana Moin
Costumes and set design: Rachel Garcia and Pauline Curnier Jardin, assisted by Marjorie Potiron and Julia Stadelmann
Wardrobe supervisor: Elenor O’Connell
Music composed and performed by Claire Vailler
Lighting design: Scot Gianelli assisted by Jessica Creager
Production: Xica Aires, Daniel Carroll, and Estelle Nabeyrat of Performa
Volunteers: Olivia Andrews, Anaïs Delsol, Becky Neil, Golnaz Shariat, Xige Xia, and Yujia (Erica) Zhang

With her Resurrection Plot, Pauline Curnier Jardin takes the audience on an idiosyncratic journey through the Renaissance nodding toward the period’s emphasis on renewal, revival, and regeneration.
Via a series of singing tableaux vivants drawn from a wealth of historic and anachronistic sources as diverse as witchcraft, voguing, and the animal kingdom, the artist plays across sixteenth century pageantries. The performance pays tribute to Renaissance “misfits,” among them painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo, ceramicist Bernard Palissy, and writer François Rabelais, all known for the overgrown and carnivalesque saturation of natural elements in their work. With her way of juxtaposing incongruous elements—where regenerative animals such as lizards and cicadas meet allegories of planets—Curnier Jardin creates an eccentric “Gesamtkunstwerk” that reconsiders the Renaissance from a subversive perspective, challenging the figure of the “Renaissance Man” and its conquering hubris.

photos: Paula Court