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 .
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.
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.
THINGS FALL WHERE THEY LIE / LES CHOSES TOMBENT OU ELLES REPOSENT
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.
AS YOU ARE
a film directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte
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
290 Delaware Ave, Albany, NY 12209 This special event is sponsored by Youth FX, Film 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
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.
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.
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
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 Outside – 5th 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)
Deriving from all and any living matter and primarily characterizes a continuous development between encountered elements. Vient de toute matière vivante et surtout caractérise un développement continue entre des éléments rencontrés.
Deriving from living tissues or from transformations undergone by the products of living organisms. Qui provient de tissus vivants ou de transformations subies par les produits d’organismes vivants.
Concerning, producing, favoring organization while inherently belonging to this organization. Qui concerne, produit, favorise l’organisation et est inherent à cette organisation.“
A person whose fantasy is in some way organic” Jean Cocteau. ”Personne dont la fantaisie est en quelque sorte organique” Cocteau.
Original/Original Deriving from something that exists since its origin. Vient de quelque chose qui existe depuis son origine.
Which comes directly from its author and its source. Qui émane directement de son auteur et de sa source.
Created for the purpose at hand.
Qui a été créé pour les besoins de la cause.
Behaving in a manner that belongs only to herself and that may appear eccentric, extravagant, particular, singular. Qui se comporte d’une manière qui n’appartient qu’à elle et qui peut paraître excentrique, extravagante, particulière, singulière.
My “origin” lies, here (written June 2016) in Luchon — where I was born in 1960 and where I lived until 1982. I have been in the US since 1987. First in San Diego and now in Brooklyn. My work as a pluridisciplinary artist leads to much travel, and thus to very varied works: performances, drawings, paintings, texts, voice work, film & video, cooking… I am not attached to one specific form or genre, I use what I need. Mon “origine” se trouve ici (écrit en juin 2016), à Luchon, —j’y suis née en 1960 et y ai vécu jusqu’en 1982. Je suis aux USA depuis 1987. D’abord à San-Diego et maintenant à Brooklyn. Mon travail d’artiste pluridisciplinaire me conduit à voyager, d’où des travaux très variés: performances, dessins, peintures, textes, travail de la voix, films, cuisine .… Je ne suis pas attachée à une forme particulière, j’utilise ce dont j’ai besoin.
*OrgaGinal*is the portmanteau word which defines my in/quest to communicate with the ancestral female unconscious, but also with everything that permits heuristic discovery. That is to say, the art to search for what one finds; thus this mantra that has been following me for quite some time and that is also the title of my next film: “Things fall where they lie.” *OrgaGinal*est mon mot valise qui définit mon en/quête pour communiquer avec l’inconscient féminin ancestral, mais aussi avec tout ce qui permet une découverte heuristique. C’est-à-dire l’art de chercher ce qu’on trouve; d’où le mantra qui me suit depuis longtemps et qui est le titre de mon prochain film: “Les choses tombent où elle reposent.”
Event with the exibition: Concert avec/ with Connie Crothers
Otherwise, incredibly busy teaching / cooking / performing 3 classes to remarquable, attentive & generous students. My courses are 2 sections of a food & culture course for the Boise State Honors College:
What Do We Eat? Why Do We Eat It? Where Does It Come From? How Do We Cook It? While eating is the most common shared need of humankind, the great varieties of foods and cuisines serve not only our biological survival but also help to identify ourselves culturally. This course explores historical, economic, and ritual aspects of food, and looks at the role of cooking and eating in the context of the transformations of the world food system due to globalization, new technologies & migrations. Through lectures, demonstrations, films and hands-on preparation, students will learn to analyze their own food heritage while exploring local, national and international ingredients and their use. This very interactive —and tasty seminar— will also give you the basic skills to cook simple, healthy and affordable meals. You will learn knife skills, soup making, how to prepare party foods like crêpes or simple hors d’oeuvres, and how to plan menus for yourself and/or the family.
P P P : Practice Performance Poetry As Jacques Roubaud writes: “Just about anything may be encountered in the guise of ‘performance poetry’: music, declamation, theatrical bits, acrobatics, ‘primal screams,’ and so on.” We will indeed explore the full range of poetry-in-action both theoretically & practically. Your active participation will be the key that will open the space for an experimental individual & collective heuristic practice. Our workshop type class emphasis is on practice. You will be making work in class & are expected to perform it. Be prepared to be immersed in the art of the act of doing from the moment you walk into class on day one. Practice will include working on skills that will help you connect with your voice & body as the instruments they are. Through breathing techniques, voice warm-up, light stretches you will learn to develop & expand your creative & delivery powers, to trust & stretch your performative skills. To substantiate this practice we will investigate a range of manifestos, movements and cultural contexts from paleolithic art to today’s performance art.
Life is on a slower pace here. The weather mild & dry, people extremely kind —& surprisingly liberal, food exquisite & to give it the perfect flavor a huge Basque community —some say about 20 000! ( see pictures below) So chorizo, pimiento, lamb dishes permeate many restaurant menus!
We were graced by Jerome & Diane Rothenberg visit. They came to talk to our classes & Jerome gave a wonderful reading —Video to be uploaded soon!
Diane & Jerome Rothenberg in Boise
Jerome & Diane visiting my PPP Class
Reading at BSU
Delicious food at the Basque Market in Boise
Great Basque food at Bar Guernica
Got my bag at the Basque market
Cooked by students in class
1st Class on Campus
1st Class on Campus
Idaho beans are outstanding
HidePark hood in Boise
Nez Pierce are close by. I have not yet found camas to eat.
In case you miss this very exciting chapter of our life in January: We went to Park City Utah
“As You Are” was selected in the US DRAMA Competition
A Film by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte & post-prod supervisor & one of the producer brother Joseph Mastantuono
And the winner for U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for the film is: Miles Joris Peyrafitte for As You Are ! Bravo !
A Happy New Year to Y’all! May the force of health & creativity be with you!
Given our family’s nomadic proclivities, permit us a little résumé of ‘15 & a preview of ‘16 as we are readying ourselves to drive to Boise, ID at dawn on the New Year’s first morning. (We will therefore, sadly, not be able to take part in the 2016 annual Poetry Project Marathon readin’ & eatin’ fest for the first time in many years.)
2015 started with a late January trip for readings & performances to Israel & Palestine, that took us into February, followed in March by a trip to the West Coast, then in April we were in Minneapolis and after a few weeks home in Bay Ridge we lit out for two months in Alt Europa, specifically the South of France: Nicole had a show of her artwork in the Galerie Edouard Paradis in Marseilles, then at the May/June cusp a literary festival “Les Eauditives” in Barjol to celebrate the publishing of the French edition of Bi-Valve by Plaine Page, followed in early June by a collaborative performance at the “Jardin des 5 sens et des Formes Premières” in Aix-en-Provence, followed in turn by readings in Paris around the marché de la Poésie.
On 30 June we landed back in Nueva York & five days later flew off to Durango, Mexico to the Encuentro Internacional de “Escritores José Revueltas,” to celebrate the publication of Pierre’s Mawqif: Poemas y ensayos (Selected poems & essays). We then happily spent the remainder of the summer here with moult visits to Coney Island beaches.
Above is a 4 minutes résumé of Nicole & Pierre’s summer
Pierre would fly off to Paris & Luxembourg in early September to get to work on the first of his shows as resident author of the Luxembourg National Theater— a show that premiered in early late October to excellent notices form the Luxembourg media. Meanwhile Nicole had also returned to Europe & we both did readings and talks at the University of Mulhouse, and in late October a joint reading in Toulouse under the aegis of our good friend Serge Pey. It was fun once again reading in the Cave Poésie a place we had worked in many years earlier.
Nicole had already spent a few weeks in October in Luchon in pre-production of Things Fall Where They Lie a film she then shot during the first ten days of November: an amazing, tiring, inspiring experience with Nicole as director & Pierre as gofer & an excellent team including Steve Dalachinsky & Yuko Otomo, Eric Sarner and Katalin Pataki as protagonists and crew including Asa Westcott, Zia Anger, Agnès Mathon, Jean-Louis Peyrafitte & in co production with Ecran Sud. While Nicole stayed in Luchon for an extra week to wrap things up, Pierre went off to Paris to be interviewed for a film on Osip Mandelstam & Paul Celan & was thus in that City on Friday 13. We flew back to New York on the 22nd. Also in 2015 Nicole had great the opportunity to perform with Michael Bisio, Connie Crothers, Steve Swell, Jason Hwang, Trio Erms, Denis Brun, Armoire Normande, Yoshiko Chuma. And we are now preparing our 4-months move to Boise Idaho.
2016 Preview: At BSU Nicole will be teaching two courses, on on food and culture called What Do We Eat? Why Do We Eat It? Where Does It Come From? How Do We Cook It?& another one: Poetry Perfromance Practice, while Pierre teaches a grad seminar on poetry & poetics. We have already done out best to surround us with friends: in early February Jerry & Diane Rothenberg will be coming in to go to both our seminars & for Jerry to do a talk & reading; in late March Habib Tengour will come in from Paris for a 2-day conference Pierre is organizing around Arab literature & translation (More details t..b.a.).
While Nicole will be off to the Coast at some point for performance & readings, Pierre will be doing a talk & reading at the U of Oklahoma in March or April. We will both be performing at The New Orleans Poetry Festival on April 16.
Meanwhile, son Miles, who finished his first feature film, As You Are, in November, on which his brother Joseph is producer & post-production editor, had the film accepted at the Sundance Festival in the US drama section competition. We will drive down to Park City from Boise to witness the premiere on January 25.
During the first week of May we will drive back (the Northern route through the Dakotas) to Nueva York, where after 10 days or so we’ll switch suitcases and then Pierre will be off to Luxembourg for work on the second play, a 3-act drama, that will premiere at the LNT on 14 June, while Nicole will wing it to Luchon where she has a one month one-woman show of her art plus performances June1-30. Après, on verra… Home in Bay Ridge would, we are sure, feel very, very welocme by then. dreaming of Coney Island beaches…
Don’t worry, the car has been perfectly winterized, fitted out with 4 brand-new Michelin all-weather tires. We will of course keep you updated on the various twists our paths will take in 2016. We are planning to give updates of the road trip on Facebook/Blogs/Instagram….follow us!
Bona anada, feliz anno nuevo, bonne année, e schei’nt neit Jo’er, a nappy ewe’s ear, & however else you want to say it,
Thank you to the inspiring audience who came.
Voilà! two extracts of the performance: the beginning & the end with the great Michael Bisio.
Thank you to Pierre Joris for the screen capture.
See you soon for more soon & as they say: Stay tuned!