Bio

Nicole Peyrafitte is a Pyrenean-born multidisciplinary artist. While a long time resident of New York, her work in painting, action painting, writing, film and video, music, and cooking draws upon her eclectic history and the experiences of shaping identity across two continents and four languages.

Recent works include the five-week multi-tier exhibition & live performance “Peyrafitte /Joris: Domopoetic Works” at Simoncini Gallery, Luxembourg, featuring her longtime collaboration with poet and translator Pierre Joris, and Things Fall Where They Lie (2018) the documentary feature film she directed. In addition to books (Bi-Valve 2013 & Landsc0pes forthcoming June 2018) chapbooks, and translations, she has authored the CDs Whisk, Don’t Churn with Michael Bisio and The Bi-Continental Chowder.

Peyrafitte’s work has been presented and/or performed in a range of venues. In New York, these include The Poetry Project, Bowery Poetry Club, Bard College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, The Vision Festival, and Poets House. National venues include San Francisco State University, University of California San Diego, the Walker Art Institute, Boise State University & Naropa University as artist/teacher in residence. Internationally, the Birbeck college, University of London, the University of Edinburgh, Université de Bordeaux, Festival les Voix de La Méditerranée in Sète, Festival de San Luis Potosi (Mexico), and Festival International de la Lettras, Durango (Mexico) are some of the venues that have showcased her performances. Full CV click here.

“Nicole Peyrafitte is a brilliant and most original performer. Her vocalizations, her songs, her gestures are provocative: both stunningly beautiful and powerfully unnerving at times. She is the chthonic goddess come to tempt you, scare you, transform you. She is in the poetic lineage of Greek tragedy, Café Voltaire antics, of dada and surrealist play but with a post-modern, hip sensibility. I am transfixed when she’s on stage.” — Anne Waldman (Poet / Performer)

“Performance artist Nicole Peyrafitte serves up some very interesting sound-scapes and emotional improvisations on her new CD entitled ‘La Garbure Transcontinentale / The Bi-Continental Chowder.’ Alternating between French and English poetics, Peyrafitte attempts to help the listener make the connection that she has made through her heuristic research in America and in France… the Bi-Continental Chowder is a very tasty and imaginative work. With Peyrafitte’s vocal borrowings from Meredith Monk and Yoko Ono and a band that lends credence to her vocal explorations, this CD is definitely recommended for those listeners in need of an ear stretching.” — Darryl Gregory (Indie-Music.com)

Nicole Peyrafitte est une artiste pluridisciplinaire native des Pyrénées. Bien que résidant depuis longtemps à New York, ses travaux — qu’ils soient arts plastiques, écriture, performance, cinéma ou d’ordre culinaire — puisent tous dans l’histoire éclectique de son identité formée les trente dernières années entre deux continents et quatre langues.

Ses travaux recents incluent une exposition sur trois niveaux avec live performance “Peyrafitte /Joris: Domopoetic Works” à la Galerie Simoncini, Luxembourg, avec son collaborateur de longue date le poète et traducteur Pierre Joris, et Things Fall Where They Lie / Les choses tombent où elles reposent(2018) un film dont elle signe la réalisation. En plus de livres (Bi-Valve 2013 & Landsc0pes forthcoming June 2018), fascicules, et traductions, elle est l’auteur des CDs Whisk, Don’t Churn with Michael Bisio et The Bi-Continental Chowder.

Nicole Peyrafitte a eu l’occasion de présenter son travail dans quelques-uns des lieux suivants. A New York, le Poetry Project, le Bowery Poetry Club, Bard College, le Borough of Manhattan Community College,The Vision Festival, et Poets House. Aux Etats-Unis, San Francisco State University, University of California San Diego, the Walker Art Institute, ainsi que Boise State University et Naropa University ou elle était artiste enseignante en résidence. Et internationalement à Birbeck College, University of London, the University of Edinburgh, Université de Bordeaux, Festival les Voix de La Méditerranée Sète, Festival de San Luis Potosi, Festival International de la Lettras, Durango, Mexico pour ne citer que quelques-uns des endroits où elle a présenté son travail. Pour un CV complet cliquez ici.

“Nicole Peyrafitte est une interprète brillante et extrêmement originale. Ses vocalisations, ses chansons, ses gestes sont provocants: à la fois éblouissants, beau et aussi déconcertants.

Elle est la déesse chthonienne qui vient vous tenter, vous effrayer, vous transformer. Elle est dans la lignée poétique de la tragédie grecque, du Café Voltaire, de dada et des jeux surréalistes mais le tout avec une sensibilité post-moderne audacieuse. Quand elle est sur la scène je reste médusée”. – Anne Waldman (Poet / Performer)

Best Performance Art Venue

TIMES UNION · BEST OF 2006: ARTS · THE TOP CHOICES IN THE CAPITAL REGION

Nicole Peyrafitte’s Experimental Cabaret at Tess’ Lark Tavern
453 Madison Ave., Albany. 463-9779.

Yes, we know all about delightfully strange art happenings at iEAR at RPI, but Nicole Peyrafitte’s Experimental Cabaret — held at Tess’ Lark Tavern at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month — has been a marvelous boon to thinking-outside-the-box artists, and it’s decidedly more democratic. Since the monthly shows began back in November, Peyrafitte has hosted a wide variety of unclassifiable multimedia performance art — improv poetry ‘n’ dance, PowerPoint ‘n’ stand-up comedy, poetry ‘n’ live jazz, video ‘n’ DJ, whatever. You just never know what you’re going to see and hear — and that’s the beauty of it. Ex Cab is on hiatus for the summer, but Peyrafitte promises to rev things up again for a second season beginning in October.

Best Performance Artist

TIMES UNION · BEST OF 2005: ARTS · THE TOP CHOICES IN THE CAPITAL REGION

Watching this poet-vocalist-all-around-artist performing the American premiere of “Bi-Continental Chowder” at Firlefanz Gallery in Albany earlier this year, one audience member was moved to describe the performance as follows: “A French woman with stylist-spiky red hair balanced a brass chime bowl on her head, and while singing a 5,000-year-old Sumarian poem, walked the length of the gallery and back tapping the bowl with a sea shell and a wooden stick. When she returned to the stage, she kept singing, removed the bowl, then stood on her head and while performing various acrobatic leg movements, continued singing the poem until the end. At the same time a large pot of chowder was cooking.”

Now that’s performance art.

Interviews

WOXX (10/2017)
La Dépêche du Midi (06/2016)

Ràdio País (Entervista with Domenja Lekuona, 2004)

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