Mai-Thu Perret

Nov 03 - Nov 05 2011

The Swiss Institute and Performa in partnership with Joyce SoHo are pleased to present the first dance project by Mai-Thu Perret in collaboration with Laurence Yadi.

The show Love Letters In Ancient Brick will be performed daily at 8 pm from November 3 to 5 at Joyce SoHo, 155 Mercer Street.

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Visual artist Mai-Thu Perret presents Love Letters In Ancient Brick, her first dance project for the stage, realized in collaboration with choreographer Laurence Yadi. Inspired by George Herriman’s famous comic book, Krazy Kat, Perret has developed a contemporary ballet depicting the curious love triangle of the protagonist Krazy Kat; the obsessive antagonist, Ignatz Mouse; and the protective police dog, Offissa Bull Pupp. The ensuing performance conjures up a primal, almost psychoanalytical drama where genres and categories are constantly slipped over and jumbled.


Direction Mai-Thu Perret

Choreography Mai-Thu Perret and Laurence Yadi

Performed by Tamara Barnett-Herrin, Kais Chouibi, Jean-Louis Johannides, Margaux Monetti, Mai-Thu Perret, Anja Schmidt

Songwriting Tamara Barnett-Herrin

Musical composition Vincent de Roguin

Lighting creation Ian Durrer

Costume design Ligia Dias

Costume making Marion Schmid

Set design Mai-Thu Perret

Set construction Stéphane Kropf

Stage manager Guillaume Gex

Sound technician Stephen Greenberg

Project Manager Christine Rebet

Administration Marine Magnin

Co-produced by Association Feu Pâle, Geneva and Swiss Institute, New York

Performances in New-York have received financial support from Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council, Geneva City; Fonds Municipal d’Art Contemporain (FMAC); Geneva State – Department of Education; Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung (SIS); The Joyce Soho Theater Foundation; David Kordansky Gallery; and Théâtre de l’Usine, Geneva.

Performa 11 (November 1–21, 2011) is the fourth edition of the internationally acclaimed biennial of new visual art performance presented by Performa, the leading organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth-century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century.

Image: Annik Wetter, 2011


Jean-Louis Johannides as the Stork ©Daniel Perez for Swiss Institute, 2011
Kais Chouibi as Offisa Bull Pupp and Anja Schmidt as Krazy Kat ©Daniel Perez for Swiss Institute
Tamara Barnett-Herrin as the Narrator © Daniel Perez for Swiss Institute, 2011
Margaux Monetti as Ignatz the Mouse © Daniel Perez for Swiss Institute, 2011
Mai-Thu Perret as Krazy Kat © Daniel Perez for Swiss Institute, 2011
Anja Schmidt as Krazy Kat © Daniel Perez for Swiss Institute, 2011