Camille Boitel's Circus Spectacle L'IMMEDIAT Comes to Skirball Center Next Week
NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts will present the New York premiere of French artist, dancer, actor, and acrobat Camille Boitel's critically acclaimed spectacle L'IMMÉDIAT, an absurd chaos at the crossroads of theater, circus and physical performance, from March 9 - 13, 2016 at NYU Skirball. There will be post-performance discussions with the artists on March 10 and 11. L'IMMÉDIAT is presented as part of the Inaugural Tilt Kids Festival, a cultural festival for families.
On a stage crammed with machinery, objects, junk and bric-a-brac of every kind, L'IMMÉDIAT is a tumultuous visual commentary on the uncertainty and mayhem of modern times. In sixty minutes of circus-theater mayhem, seven acrobat-adventurers defy a tsunami of unstable forces with optimism, dark humor and breathtaking physical skills. L'IMMÉDIAT is appropriate for adults and children ages 8 and up.
Boitel presents a dazzling range of physical invention. The props and sets are crucial to the action: piles of junk, worn wooden furniture, clusters of lights, all arranged with precarious precision. Within these sets the performers twist and turn, lurch and tumble, in a series of movements that look like pratfalls but show the grace and aplomb that only the best physical performers can achieve.
The result is something like dance, something like pantomime-but ultimately the effect is ineffable. The performers move in time with the collapse and transformation of the sets; it's a world of entropy, with familiar objects taking on a whimsical life of their own. Physical comedy has rarely seemed so expressive- visual anarchy of the Marx Brothers delivered with a French accent. Bridging low comedy and high art, Boitel has created a truly eccentric work.
Camille Boitel develops projects at the intersection of circus, magic, and contortion, creating a theater of objects and movement. Born in a village of 20 people near Auch, France, Boitel began his career at the young age of 12 by performing in the streets of Montauban. He was a founded member of James Thierrée's Junebug Symphony Company and won the inaugural Jeunes Talents Cirque (Young Circus Performer) Award in 2002. Boitel founded his company, l'immédiat, in 2012, and his eponymous show has been acclaimed in countries across Europe, Asia and South America. It was awarded the Prix Mimos Prize at the 2010 Mimos International Festival of Mime and Physical Theater.
NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is the premier venue for the presentation of cultural and performing arts events for New York University and lower Manhattan. The NYU Skirball mission is to showcase and support diverse and eclectic talent from around the world, while cultivating audiences for live performance through deeper engagement opportunities. For more information visit www.nyuskirball.org.
Kids and adults alike are invited to discover, play, imagine, think, and create as part of the Tilt Kids Festival, a new initiative co-presented by the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in partnership with venues through the city. The festival invites some of the most inventive and exciting creators from France and around the globe to redefine art for young audiences. Philosophy and dance, circus and magic, design, music, and gastronomy come together in a series of forward-thinking and playful events curated for the audiences of today and tomorrow.
Tilt Kids Festival is thrilled to partner with a network of leading cultural institutions: Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), The Invisible Dog Art Center, Museum of Food + Drink, The New Victory Theater, and the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The festival is co-curated by Lili Chopra and Violaine Huisman. Tilt Kids Festival runs March 4 through April 3, 2006. For more, go to www.tiltkidsfestival.org.
L'IMMÉDIAT will be performed March 9 - 12 at 8 pm and March 13 at 3 pm. Tickets are $35 - $65 and can be purchased online at www.nyuskirball.org or in person at the NYU Skirball Center Box Office: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00-6:00 P.M. The NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square, New York, New York 10012.
Photo Credit: Vincent Beaume