OCTOBER 19 & 20 – WALLS AND BRIDGES – PERFORMANCES – Walls and Bridges, the Franco-American arts and ideas event series which brought over 40 cultural events to New York in 2011, returns to the city in October 2012! Curated by Villa Gillet (Director : Guy Walter), and  supported by the French Ministry of Culture and  Communication, Walls and Bridges is a 10-day  series of performances and critical explorations  uniting French and American thinkers and artists  from social sciences, philosophy, literature and  live arts.

I CONTAIN MULTITUDES – from Oct 19 to 21 @ The Invisible Dog

Identity is often represented by a huge and fixed tree, deeply rooted in a family, a country, or  a legacy from the past generations. But is it perhaps better regarded as a moveable fiction  constantly rewritten with the help of others and our environment, all the more pliable with  the increasing interconnectivity of a faster-paced world? As new technology changes of how we present ourselves both physically and virtually—one’s name, appearance, even gender—we are becoming the authors of our own lives:  “I” is the hero of a real science-fiction. How much can the better understanding of our body  and its possibilities renew and contradict the traditional perceptions of human identity? The series of events “I Contain Multitudes” is a celebration of the metamorphosis of identity.  An exploration into the boundaries of the self.
This special series is co-curated with Time Out New York and Les Subsistances.

Friday October 19 – 6.30pm
Pre-Mix: A Mixologist Shares his Perfect Pours

Featuring: Eben Freeman (USA / mixologist)
Eben Freeman will create a series of cocktails inspired by  classic beverages, to certify that influence can be ecstatic.

Free – Reservation Required: premix@villagillet.net

Friday October 19 – 7.30pm
I Contain Multitudes. An evening of music, performance and storytelling

Co-presented with Time Out New York  Hosted by Matthew Love (USA / Books and Comedy Editor for Time Out New York) 

“I is Another,” said Rimbaud. “I am large, I contain multitudes,” claimed Walt Whitman. “Each one of us believes himself to be a single person. But it’s not true… Each one of us is many persons, “ wrote Luigi  Pirandello in his Six Characters In Search of an Author. A menagerie of French and America writers, artists, thinkers  and performers will share stories, screen clips, stage  protests, play musical selections and perform dramatic  pieces to mine the multiple and contradictory facets of  their identities. This series of five-minute performances will be preceded by  Unisson, a twenty-minute collaborative piece by the dance  collective Loge 22 ( Marie Goudot, Julien Monty and Michaël  Pomero) and the music collective ensemble mise-en.

Claude Arnaud (France / writer and essayist), Poor Baby Bree (USA / actress and vaudeville singer), Jamie Block (USA / musician), Christophe Chassol (France / pianist and composer), Wendy Delorme (France / writer and performer), Joanna Groarke from the New York Botanical Garden (USA /  curator), Thierry Hoquet (France / philosopher), Christophe Laudamiel (France / perfumer), Loge 22 (France  /  choreographers and dancers), ensemble mise-en (USA /  musicians and music director), oh! oui (France / musician, actor and theater directors).

Free – Reservation Required: multitudes@villagillet.net

Saturday October 20 – 7.30pm – Series of performances
France-America Match. From Stereotypes to Reality.
Co-presented with Time Out New York

The NTUSA presents french Me!
Featuring:  National Theater of the United States of America. A collective work directed byJonathan Jacobs, produced and designed by Normandy Raven Sherwood and co-created by Jacobs, Sherwood, Jesse Hawley and James Stanley.

Join the National Theater of the United States of America for its educational, stimulating  and perhaps shocking exposé of French culture, behavior and morals.

An Ostrich Can Die from Stroke if it Hears a Lawn Mower Engine Start Up
Featuring:  Les Chiens de Navarre.  A  collective  work  directed by Jean-Christophe Meurisse, with Caroline Binder,  Céline Fuhrer,  Robert Hatisi,  Manu Laskar,  Thomas Scimeca,  Anne-Elodie Sorlin,  Maxence Tual,  Jean-luc Vincent /  administration  and  production:  Antoine Blesson  and  Claire Nollez  /  Production:  Les Chiens de Navarre  /  Executive  Production: Lle Grand Gardon Blanc.

Around a banquet table, Les Chiens de Navarre will draw up a  very French inventory of all the clichés for which the French  say they love the Americans… and sometimes hate them.

FreeReservation Required: match@villagillet.net

Saturday October 20 – 10pm – Concert/Screening
Nola Chérie
Co-presented with Time Out New York 

Featuring: Christophe Chassol (France / pianist and composer) Lawrence Clais (France / Drummer )

Nola Chérie is a live multimedia performance featuring  footage of the ReBirth Brass Band and the Troupe Brass  Band of New Orleans. For this piece, commissioned by  the Center of Contemporary Arts in New Orleans in 2008,  Chassol uses his signature editing technique based on  the harmonization of melodic motifs. The various sounds  recorded by Chassol, from performances by brass bands,  to the night song of crickets, to the melody of Mississippi  riverboat calliopes, are matched with images such as the  bright green wall of an abandoned warehouse, the Lower  9th Ward levee and passing trains. Nola Chérie is an ode to  a city, an imaginative re-appropriation of the real through  image and sound sampling.

 FreeReservation Required: nolacherie@villagillet.net