Performance Day 2016: Alfred Jarry Archipelago

Art Center

Fri 13 Feb 2016 at 2 pm

Hugues Decointet, Kasia Fudakowski, Dominique Gilliot, Petrit Halilaj, Les Chiens de Navarre, Jean-Christophe Meurisse, Luidgi Presicce, Benjamin Seror, Katarina Sevic & Tehnica Schweiz, Cally Spooner, Sarah Vanhee

Curators : Leonardo Bigazzi / Keren Detton / Julie Pellegrin / Eva Wittocx        


Performance Day is a new, annual event, with international artists and curators being invited to make use of our theatre space. 

More and more frequently contemporary artists are blending the codes of the visual arts with those of the stage, in an exploration of an interspace of potential art forms.

As a fundamentally multidisciplinary venture, la Ferme du Buisson has an obligation to welcome and assist practices that include performance as an active force in the transgression of conventional limitations.


For this first edition of Perofmance Day it seemed natural to invoke Alfred Jarry, that iconic scuttler of categories, as its tutelary figure. Tying in with La valse des pantins exhibition and the international Alfred Jarry Archipelago project, Performance Day is a celebration of physical and linguistic contortions, absurdist humour and blatant amateurism ; these being the tools the participating artists bring to a meticulous deconstruction of accepted standards, via approaches including marathon performances, open-air strolls and sound installations, screenings, improvised musical happenings, readings from Jarry and barroom-style discussions about « the uselessness of the theatre to the theatre ».



Performance Day is coproduced with the Playground festival, (STUK Kunstencentrum & M-Museum Leuven), with support from the Agency for Arts and Heritage of Flanders, as part of the project "Alfred Jarry Archipelago" initiated by La Ferme du Buisson Centre for Contemporary Art in Noisiel (France), Le Quartier Centre for Contemporary Art in Quimper (France) and Museo Marino Marini in Florence (Italy). The venture is part of Piano, the Franco-Italian art exchange platform, in collaboration with M-Museum and the STUK Kunstencentrum in the framework of Playground in Leuven (Belgium).






14:00 Dominique Gilliot — performance / 10h


14:30 Hugues Decointet — performance / 30min


14:30 Reading Jarry Out Loud — reading / 1h


15:30 Katarina Sevic & Tehnica Schweiz — discussion/book signing / 1h


17:00 Sarah Vanhee — performance / 2h30


17:30 Hugues Decointet — performance / 30min


19:00 Jean-Christophe Meurisse — film / 50min


20:30 Benjamin Seror — performance / 1h20


20:45 Les Chiens de Navarre — spectacle / 1h


22:30 Jean-Christophe Meurisse — film / 50min


22:30 “On the uselessness of theatricality in theatre” — discussion / 1h




Alfred Jarry Archipelago : La valse des pantins – Acte II — guided tour of the exhibition


Hugues Decointet — sculptural and sound installation


Kasia Fudakowski — projection


Petrit Halilaj — sound installation


Luigi Presicce — projection


Cally Spooner — installation


Bar / restauration


infos pratiques

opening hours

from 2 p.m. until midnight



Pass Performance Day 1 (play by Chiens de Navarre not included) : 5 €

Pass Performance Day 2 (play by Chiens de Navarre included) : full 16 € / reduced 13 € / student : 11 €

Booking essential for Benjamin Seror, Sarah Vanhee and Les Chiens de Navarre (places are limited)



A/R Paris - Bastille > Ferme du Buisson : 1 p.m. / midnight

For reservations 01 64 62 77 77