About Nicole Peyrafitte

Nicole Peyrafitte is a multimedia performance artist born and raised in the mountain town of Luchon in the French Pyrenees. She grew up amidst the hustle and bustle of a hotel and restaurant that had been in her family for generations (her family has been in the food business since 1789!). By the time she was nineteen years old, her father’s busy political career left her in charge of the hotel kitchen. When she later left that world to become a performance artist (while raising two sons and straddling two continents), her passion for food and art and craft remained and carried over into her performances which include cooking and serving food to the audience, along with her singing, painting, filming and even yoga. She was awarded "Best Performance Artist of the Capital City 2005" for her one women show performance “ La Garbure Transcontinentale / The Bi-Continental Chowder”. She performs regularly in the US and in Europe for more info: www.nicolepeyrafitte.com and www.myspace.com/nicolepeyrafitte

New Film Trailer & Upcoming Travels

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT:
Above is the trailer of my latest film:
THINGS FALL WHERE THEY LIE (2018)
Directed by Nicole Peyrafitte
RUN TIME: 57:43 m
Synopsis:
A filmmaker invites 4 characters for a 5-day visit to Bagnères-de-Luchon, the once-upon-a-time famous and fashionable spa town in the French Pyrenees. The four visitors are Eric Sarner, a poet, translator and broadcaster born in Algeria, now living in Berlin; his wife Katalin Pataki, a Hungarian-born librarian — they met when both lived in Uruguay; and Yuko Otomo, a poet and visual artist born and raised in Japan, who lives in New York with her husband, Brooklyn-born poet, visual artist and jazz critic Steve Dalachinsky. The film follows this group of real-life characters as they are prompted to react to a daily itinerary of (old folklore) events, mysterious (burial) places, excursions, and locals revealing — or not — the connections to the many layers of the town’s and the filmmaker’s history. Can Karl Marx’s grandchild and swing era jazz violinist Michel Warlop meet? Can four languages find each other over lunch and be the talk of the town? Who is buried in what grave? Where did that wedding ring roll? Is he a real shepherd and who is riding on the one (town) horse? What is a better clue: a prehistoric cave or a Spanish border town? Jump on the train and ride that line: Things Fall Where They Lie, and not the other way around.

MAY 26-27
GLASFRYN PROJECT presents:
BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE – a celebration
in the Black Mountains of Wales Glasfryn, Llangattock, Powys
Pierre Joris
Charles Olson now.
Nicole Peyrafitte
Basil King: Mirage. A film directed by Nicole Peyrafitte, co-directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, starring Basil King.
Full program: here

JUNE 6-10
Marché de la Poésie
Nicole’s new book Land0scape out with éditions Plaine Page
Reading/Signature TBA

JULY 20-28
Festival Les Voix Vives de Méditerranée

Details TBA, but both Pierre Joris & Nicole Peyrafitte will present daily performance/readings
More info: here

January 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Let’s just dive into 2018 and here are two events coming up in January:

Monday January 8,  2018
NEW YORK CITY

7:30 – 8:00 PM
Nicole Peyrafitte & Michael Bisio
ARTS FOR ART Series: Justice is Compassion
Abrazo Interno Gallery
Clemente Soto Velez
107 Suffolk St, NYC 10002
Full Line up :  here

Saturday January 20,  2018
KINGSTON, NY
4:00 – 5:30 PM
Trialogue 
Michael Bisio/Pierre Joris/Nicole Peyrafitte
at The Lace Mill series curated by Michael Bisio
Kingston,NY
An improvised collaborative exchanges inside a set time limit between 3 protagonists unconditionally dedicated to their chosen mode of expression: Joris to his nomadic poetry in its wandering, rhizomatic explorations; Peyrafitte to her nourishing, sensual, campy and scintillating multi-layered vocal range & texts ; Bisio to the extraordinary tonal beauty and intensity of the very personal musical language of his double bass.

More info later on other projects brewing, but if you want to know what we have been up to  this fall here is a detailed account of our 5 weeks Domopoetic adventures at Gallery Simoncini in Luxembourg: here

Light, peace & strength to all

Nicole & Pierre

Finissage

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Peyrafitte / Joris: Domopoetic Works
3 Zones + 1 Book = 2 Lives
Texte assemblé à l’occasion du finissage du 25 Novembre de l’exposition à la Galerie Simoncini.

— While Nicole Peyrafitte is perhaps best recognized for multimedia performance and Pierre Joris for his poetry and his work as a translator, this exhibition of individual works & collaborations presents the fullest measure of their art to date. This multidisciplinary & cross-genre exhibit features performance, installation, & a retrospective of recent works arrayed across three gallery levels.

— For the occasion of the exhibition, and to accent its synergetic élan, Editions Galerie Simoncini released their collaborative text The Book of U / Le livre des cormorans in both a bibliophile and a paperback edition.

— You may start or end with any of the three floors, though obviously coming in by the front door of the first floor today at 4 p.m. the visitor will be confronted with the last of a series of live performances during which Peyrafitte creates new action paintings while Joris reads from The Book of U / Le livre des cormorans, which, in fact, is translated and illustrated by Peyrafitte. In & through their creation, these “action  paintings” explore kinesthetic experience — the 6 created at the start of this exhibition, as well as several earlier ones, can be seen on this floor & from outside the gallery.

— In the basement floor’s “Domopoetic Zone” the visitor encounters Peyrafitte’s installation of Joris’ literary universe, a gathering & display of the complete set of his publications, which includes some sixty books & chapbooks published over the span of nearly fifty years. Juxtaposed to these volumes of poetry, essays, and translations are the artworks created by Peyrafitte for a number of the books since their first meeting in the late 1980s. Also displayed are twelve original videos on Joris’ life and work. Two armchairs invite the visitor to sit down & peruse a second set of Joris’ books &/or watch the videos.

— On the Second Floor a series of works — drawings, pastels on paper, carnets, & multi-media assemblages from 1995 to present — show the range of Peyrafitte’s graphic & painterly work, be that in complexly composed fold-out notebooks or in serial paintings such as the Bi-Valve & Bourg d’Oueil series or the earlier Bach Cantata suite. A few of these works also connote the collaboration between artist & poet.

Some Notes on Domopoetics:
If the current show is not an exhaustive view of Joris & Peyrafitte’s collaboration, it is however certainly the most complete such presentation to date — as far as visual work & poetry is concerned. What it leaves out is work related to such areas as live, improvisational music & language, & food. To help explain the term “domo-poetics” (from “domus,” latin for house, & “poetics” the art & act of making) here are its authors’ takes:

Domopoetics is our attempt at a practical synthesis & presentation of nearly three decades of shared artistic & domestic practices. The word was coined after returning from one of our long walks along the shore of Coney Island/Brighton Beach. That day we both wrote a text, and when we read it to each other we realized that they had totally different perspectives — Nicole wrote on the elements, Pierre on the people peopling them. The term domopoetics has grown to encompass all aspects of our artistic and domestic matters fueled by our rhizomatic motions & distinctive rhythms. If they contain oppositions & contradictions, these are never “solved” by dialectical Aufhebung (we are too Deleuzian for that) but domo-poetically transformed in the alchemy of loving collaboration into contraries, given that — as William Blake wrote — “without contraries there is no progression.”

Or, as we put it in the post-face to the Book of U / Le livre des cormorans:

Ce livre fait partie intégrante de ce que nous appelons notre “domo-poétique.” Presque à notre surprise, c.à.d. au-delà du plaisir pris dans l’élégance délibérée du vol du cormorant au-dessus de la surface du Narrows, cette quête domo-poétique, que nous poursuivons depuis bien longtemps, a trouvé une incarnation — ou du moins une rime animale & primordiale — dans le cormorant. Sa résilience, sa persistance, son sens profond du couple aimant & vigilant, attaché à la domesticité & à la famille, son élégance & sa beauté vitales font signe(s) depuis 35 millions d’années.

Quelle joie que de les pratiquer & de noter, dessiner, enregistrer, penser ce qu’ils nous offrent.

Homage leur soit rendu. On les remercie.

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Homage too & deep thanks to Ingrid Anders, André Simoncini & their team, without whose magnificent sense of hospitality — in a truly domo-poetic sense, i.e. a sense of hospitality that encompasses all aspects of art & life — none of this would have been possible.

 

Live action painting finissage Pierre Joris Nicole Peyrafitte

Posted by Nicole Peyrafitte on Saturday, November 25, 2017

Finissage Galerie Simoncini Saturday Nov 25th

Dad with Régine, his assistant, who came to visit my show in France in July 2016

Our 5-week show at la Galerie Simoncini in Luxembourg is coming to an end this weekend and we will have a grand finissage on Saturday Nov 25th with a performance at 4:00 pm.
This great run was deeply saddened by the sudden, though peaceful passing of my beloved 95 years old dad, Jean Peyrafitte, on November 11 2017 (press). We talked on Facetime almost everyday, so he got to follow me everywhere we went. I will miss him immensely and I don’t yet fully realize how much, but one thing he taught me is that the show must go on— gratefully and sans glitch! He had a beautiful sendoff ceremony and it was heart-warming to see the huge crowd who came to pay him their last respects. We are now on our way back to Luxembourg for the finissage.

In October Radio Tele Luxembourg came to tape a show that aired last weekend. Here is the link:

We are looking forward to see you at the finissage or, if coming to Luxembourg is not an option, visit our extensive documentation of the show here .

Opening Weekend at la Galerie Simoncini au Luxembourg

Video capture Paige Mitchell

Amazing week (preparing, setting up, installing) and uplifting weekend (painting, reading, performing) at the Simoncini Gallery in Luxembourg. We had a three-day opening party during which we nomadically performed our collaborations moving across the three floors of the exhibition.

At the lower level we have installed a complete set of Pierre Joris’ publications — about 60 books & chapbooks moving between poetry, essays & translations. The earliest publications date from 1969; in 1990 begins the years of our collaborations: it includes art work I created for Pierre’s books & videos (12 are available at the galerie) on Pierre’s life & work.
The readings at that level thus focused on our Domopoetics world. The readings on the 1st floor (or 2nd floor in the US!) focused on my recent books & carnets as exhibited there. The performance on the ground level was dedicated to live Action Paintings — I made 5 this weekend! — with Pierre reading from The Book Of U, his new book of poems published by Editions Simoncini with my translation and illustrations for the limited edition.

On Friday Man’ok performed on bass with us. On Saturday & Sunday Pierre DJ’d sound files by earlier collaborators Holland Hopson & Michael Bisio.

So far this has been a truly superb experience for us and, we hope, for the many visitors, from old friends to the people who came in because they saw the action in progress from the street.

The show will run until November 26 and a few more Actions will occur.

With many thanks to André Simoncini & Ingrid Anders and their incredible team of collaborators who made it possible.

Here is the first batch of documentation organized by sections:
Opening Weekend Actions:
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Ground Floor : Action PaintingsIMG_9402https://photos.app.goo.gl/bGESyWOB6cJvzzxm1

Basement floor : Domopoetics Zone
DOMOPOETICS ZONE
https://photos.app.goo.gl/5cnQFIUaOCzk30mO2

Upper Floor: Works by NicoleIMG_9392https://photos.app.goo.gl/zPfGJdZq6zGo2U7Q2

Galerie Simoncini Editions:
The Book of U / Le livre des cormorans

Poems by Pierre Joris
Translations & Original illustration Nicole Peyrafitte

https://photos.app.goo.gl/3x5r9g0dRrXeoAAo1

PRESS:
Pre-Opening article:
http://www.woxx.lu/exposition-et-performances-petit-traite-de-domopoetique/

And if you are invited to the finissage at 4PM on Saturday November 25!

Galerie Simoncini Exhibition & Books & TFWTL

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Right now we are in the final stage of readying a 3-tier 5-week show at the Galerie Simoncini in Luxembourg-City. The opening is Friday October 20 at 6 p.m. and we will be conducting performances throughout the weekend.

The exhibition runs from 20 October to 26 November. The address of the Simoncini Gallery is 6, rue Notre Dame, Luxembourg, GD of Luxembourg. Phone: +352 47 55 15. — www.galeriesimoncini.lu

First floor: ACTION PAINTINGS — on 20 October at 6:30 p.m. and on 21 & 22 October at 4 p.m. Paintings created live by Nicole Peyrafitte — “Painting here is an intuitive and physical resultant, a kinesthetic experience” — with Pierre Joris reading from The Book of U / Le livre des cormorans translated by Nicole Peyrafitte & published for the occasion by Editions Simoncini in both a bibliophile & a paperback edition.

Basement: DOMOPOETIC ZONE — An installation by Nicole Peyrafitte of Pierre Joris’ literary universe.
Here you may consult the complete collection of Joris’ books, Peyrafitte’s illustrations & covers for many of these, as well as a range of videos of Joris by Peyrafitte.

2nd floor: RECENT WORKS by Nicole Peyrafitte.

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THINGS FALL WHERE THEY LIE / LES CHOSES TOMBENT OU ELLES REPOSENT

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THINGS FALL WHERE THEY LIE, a 58-minutes cinéma-vérité documentary feature directed by Nicole Peyrafitte is in its final stages of completion & has already been submitted to various festivals. We will keep you updated and will share a trailer very soon. Meanwhile here is the synopsis:

A filmmaker invites 4 characters for a 5-day visit to Bagnères-de-Luchon, the once-upon-a-time famous and fashionable spa town in the French Pyrenees. The four visitors are Eric Sarner, a poet, translator and broadcaster born in Algeria, now living in Berlin; his wife Katalin Pataki, a Hungarian-born librarian — they met when both lived in Uruguay; and Yuko Otomo, a poet and visual artist born and raised in Japan, who lives in New York with her husband, Brooklyn-born poet, visual artist and jazz critic Steve Dalachinsky. The film follows this group of real-life characters as they are prompted to react to a daily itinerary of (old folklore) events, mysterious (burial) places, excursions, and locals revealing — or not — the connections to the many layers of the town’s and the filmmaker’s history. Can Karl Marx’s grandchild and swing era jazz violinist Michel Warlop meet? Can four languages find each other over lunch and be the talk of the town? Who is buried in what grave? Where did that wedding ring roll? Is he a real shepherd and who is riding on the one (town) horse? What is a better clue: a prehistoric cave or a Spanish border town? Jump on the train and ride that line: Things Fall Where They Lie, and not the other way around.

 

Winter Screenings/Readings/Publications

 

SCREENINGS

AS YOU ARE
a film directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte
Theater Opening

New York City
Friday February 24 – March 2
East Village Cinema

181-189 2nd Ave. @ 12th St., New York, NY, 10003
Tickets available here.

Albany NY
Friday March 3 
Spectrum Theatres

290 Delaware Ave, Albany, NY 12209
This special event is sponsored by Youth FXFilm Albany & Upstate Independents and all proceeds will go towards Youth FX filmmaking programs for teens in the City of Albany.
Special guests in attendance: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte (writer/director), Madison Harrison (co-writer) & Joseph Mastantuono (producer/colorist). 

A gritty, poignant and subtly acted teen drama exploring adolescence, sexuality and identity, “As You Are” stars Owen Campbell (“Boardwalk Empire”), Amandla Stenberg (“The Hunger Games”), Charlie Heaton (“Stranger Things”) and Mary Stuart Masterson (“Benny & Joon”). It was shot in Albany and around the capital region in the fall of 2015 before competing at Sundance early last year and winning special jury prize.

*This special show will be at 7pm and tickets will NOT be available through the Spectrum Theater box-office or website. Tickets are only available at: http://asyouare.bpt.me/

For other Spectrum Albany screenings click here
New trailer here

BASIL KING : MIRAGE
a short film directed by Nicole Peyrafitte & Miles Joris Peyrafitte
New York City
Saturday March 18 – 3 PM

John Molloy Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of BIRD SCRIPT, recent paintings by Basil King, on view from February 25 through March 30,  2017.  Opening reception with the artist on February 25th from 5 to 7 PM.  Additionally, on Saturday March 18 from 3 PM, the gallery is hosting a poetry reading by Mr. King and the screening of BASIL KING, MIRAGE, a 22-minute film created by Nicole Peyrafitte and Miles Joris Peyrafitte, depicting the intimacy between writing and painting in Basil King’s life and work.
“King’s syncretic aesthetics have been shaped by his early childhood in WWII London, friendship with poets of the San Francisco Renaissance, apprenticeship to Abstract Expressionist painters Adolph Gottlieb, Robert Motherwell, in New York, and by his mentors and friends at Black Mountain College, including Robert Creeley, Charles Olson, and John Wieners. “

Trailer: here

 

 

READINGS:

TODAY! — Sunday February 19,  7 PM — TODAY!
Boog City Reading: The Agony of I.B.
Pierre Joris & Nicole Peyrafitte performing an excerpt of Joris’ play “The Agony of I.B.”
at 7 p.m. at Sidewalk Café, 94 Ave. A, at 6th street, New York, NY.
Map

Thursday March 16,  6:30 PM
Nicole reads a Caffé Vivaldi w/ Sophie Malleret, Yuko Otomo, Sylvia Gorelick, Sharon Messmer, Joanna C. Valente.

Wednesday March 22,  8 PM
Pierre reads at Saint Mark’s Poetry Project with Kit Schluter. 

JUST OUT!

Canto Diurno, Pierre’s Selected Poems (1972-2012) in French (translations coordinated by Jean Portante) and with a foreword by Charles Bernstein, was published this month by Le Castor Astral in their “Les Passeurs d’Inuits” series. Many thanks to Jean Portante, Jean-Yves Reuzeau, Jacques Darras & Charles Bernstein for their invaluable contributions. Available here.

 

 


 

Liminal Thread / Ligne Liminale: coming out

Liminal Thread/Ligne Liminale

Coming out!
Liminal Thread / Ligne Liminale

a several meters long Japanese carnet published by  Editions les Venterniers

Friday November 11  2016

18h00:  Signature / Book signing
Salon L’AUTRE LIVRE (stand A21)
Espace d’animation des Blancs manteaux
48 rue vieille du Temple, 75004 Paris, France
Stand is open:
Vendredi 11 Novembre 14 – 21h,
Samedi 12 Novembre 11h-21h
Dimanche 13 novembre 11h -19h
Free to the public. Métro Hôtel de Ville

20h30 : Improv’ @ Paris
Performance Nicole Peyrafitte & Pierre Joris  with Devin Waldman (saxophone)
Baker Street Pub
9 Rue des Boulangers, 75005 Paris
Map depuis les Blancs Manteaux

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SCA/OPES on Poethead

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POETHEAD: An alpha site for women poets, art, images, letters, magic, maps, metamorphoses, new poetry, poetry, translated poetry published by

SCA/OPES – by Nicole Peyrafitte

 

 

Glasgow: Outsite-in/Inside-out Symposium

Outside-In / Inside-OutJerome Rothenberg and John Bloomberg-Rissman

We are in Glasgow from October 4th-8th

Full schedule here: oi_io-schedule-25

Wednesday 5th October 2016

Barbaric Vast and Wild Launch

7.30pm @ Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA)

Readings and performances to celebrate the launch of Barbaric Vast & Wild: An Assemblage of Outside & Subterranean Poetry from Origins to Present edited by Jerome Rothenberg and John Bloomberg-Rissman.

Performers include: Jerome Rothenberg, John Bloomberg-Rissman, Nicole Peyrafitte, Pierre Joris, Diane Rothenberg, John Goodby, Holly Pester, Andrea Brady and Aonghas MacNeacail.

 

Thursday 6th October

Panel E: Language(s) of the Outside5th Floor Alwyn Williams 

Moderator: Dr Madeleine Campbell

9-9.15: Jeffrey Robinson – Romanticism and Outsider Poetics

9.15-9.30: Ellen Dillon – A poetry at the gates of existence: negotiating (with) the outside in the work of Peter Gizzi and Peter Manson

9.30-9.45: Colin Herd – Show-orations: The Sophists and Contemporary Poetry

9:45-10:  Nicole Peyrafitte and Pierre Joris – Occitan Poetry (presenting their translations of Bernat Manciet & Marcela Delpastre)

10-10:30:  Discussion