Steve Dalachinsky has departed

Steve Dalachinsky has departed

It is impossible to wrap my head around Steve’s departure. I met Steve and Yuko at an Art opening for Mary Beach in the early 2000.  When I permanently moved to NYC in 2007, they were incredibly supportive. They took me around and Steve got me several readings &  introduced me to a lot of great music & musiciens.

When I asked them to be part of my film Thing Fall Where They Lie along with Eric Sarner & Katalin Pataki, they were once again totally supportive. We shot for one week. These two pairs of artists had never met each other and their backgrounds were four different countries and four different mother-tongues. What was supposed to be some sort of historical portrait of Bagnères-de-Luchon, my hometown in the French Pyrenees, became an exercise in poetic drift through their personal  stories. They all fell in love with each other, they shared love for jazz and poetry — their sensitivities coupled with a joyous curiosity took over. For seven days, shooting in cinéma vérité style, I followed them in the once upon a time glamorous spa where we all re-imagined the lives of a famous jazz violinist and of Karl Marx’s grandson, both buried in Bagnères-de-Luchon. 

Steve was inexhaustibly funny, smart, bringing so much to the group dynamic of group — & yes! He was happy for a full week! I personally never saw him so consistently happy for one full week.  I spent countless hours editing the film, and it truly was a joy, I loved looking at Steve on the screen, his soft gaze, his pursing lips, his deambulations….

We have not lost Steve, he departed before us.  Thank you for being you, Steve, and to you Yuko, be strong! We need you! Much much love and we hug you tight.

I am so blessed to have known you, Steve: you enriched and brought much joy to my life. I love you forever.

Film Trailer:
https://vimeo.com/261864528

Steve’s last reading — shortly before the massive brain hemorrhage. He transitioned at 5:04 next morning:

New York Times obit

Art Forum obit

 

 

2 0 1 9 !

2 0 1 9 !

A HAPPY 2019 TO YOU ALL!

We started the year “en fanfare” with a short installment of a new Domopoetic-Karstic-Action, “Two, Zero, One, Nine: a line, a cave, a hand, a song” at the 45th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Benefit Reading for The Poetry Project. You can watch the live video above. Thank you, Miles Joris-Peyrafitte for the phone-video-capture.
Below, some news about upcoming events & publications. We are looking forward to see you in 2019 — keep in touch!
Nicole & Pierre

EVENTS:

Tuesday January 22  6:00PM
Washington, D.C
Pierre & Nicole w/ Charles Bernstein and other poets.
A Night With American Poets Against US Sanctions on Iran on the night of the State of the Union
Busboys And Poets
2021 14th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20009
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Saturday February 9  1:30PM
Albany N.Y
Nicole feature poet
Know Reading
The Excelsior Pub
54 Philip St, Albany, NY 12207, USA
April 4-7  
Austin, Tx
Pierre & Nicole at the Austin International Poetry Festival 
April 18-21
New-Orleans, La
Pierre & Nicole translation panel & poetry readings at New Orleans Poetry Festival 

2018 PUBLICATIONS:

Pierre
Revolution Goes Through Walls, by Safaa Fathy 
(SplitLevel Texts). Translated from the Arabic by Safaa Fathy and Pierre Joris; now long listed for the 2019  PEN Award for Poetry in TranslationPurchase
Adonis & Pierre Joris : Conversation in the Pyrenees  Contra Mundum Press, 2018 
with a Pyrenean Invocation by Nicole Peyrafitte
Méditations sur les Stations de Mansour al-Hallaj  Pierre Joris (translated into French by Habib Tengour; APIC Algiers)

N & P
Junction Box Issue 11
A very special edition, featuring a number of papers & documentation delivered at the Black Mountain College symposium, which took place in Crickhowell, Wales, over a weekend in May 2018.
We both participated and here are our contributions:
Pierre JorisOlson Now
Nicole Peyrafitte:  Basil King: Mirage (A Film) — A great opportunity to see the entire film if you haven’t yet —plus drawings from Carnets

Nicole
LANDSC0PEÉditions Plaine Page, June 2018
U.S book release TBA / disponible chez votre libraire et/ou en vente ici
CARNET 2, an artist book by Redfoxpress, Ireland, August 2018.
available here  / en vente ici
Requiem for Gaza  available here
LiveMag #15  online
TESTE 32  

Pierre
Forthcoming in 2019:
Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj (translated into Arabic by Safaa Fathy; Cairo)
Arabia (Not So) Deserta Essays on Maghrebi and Mashreqi Literary & Cultural Matters. (Spuyten Duyvil, New York)
Microliths : The Complete Posthumous Prose by Paul Celan (attem press).

New Film Trailer & Upcoming Travels

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

Galerie Simoncini Exhibition & Books & TFWTL

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

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.

 

 


 

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