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PCA Talks: Elena Sorokina, Dance Quitting the Stage


On the 24th of November our guest for the PCA Talks is Elena Sorokina, curator and art historian based in Paris. Throughout her career, Elena has been invited to organize exhibitions and projects at major international venues including, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; WIELS, Brussels; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; and the Musée Picasso Paris. Her writing has been published in Artforum, Flash Art, Cabinett Magazine, Manifesta Journal, as well as numerous exhibition catalogs.

The subject of the talk will be Dance Quitting the Stage and Elena describes it as follows:

Was it dance quitting the stage – the museum entering the opera? The piece “20 Dancers for the XX century” by Boris Charmatz, performed at the Opera Garnier this October, scattered dance solos everywhere but on stage – in the lobby, on the stairs, at the bar. It was an unprecedented use of space of the “world’s most famous opera”, upsetting all the rules of classical dance presentations. The public walked, the dancers talked, and it looked like an exhibition more than a spectacle – a “living exhibition”, in Charmatz’s own words. The abundant commentaries on the piece were controversial – some celebrated the audacity of the presentation of dance, others were rather frustrated by it.

This talk will discuss Charmatz’s piece in relation to the exponential growth of performance related art, and the changes it brings to institutions hosting it.

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Paris College of Art
15 Rue Fénelon | 75010 Paris
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | 18:30 – 20:00

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