Mimesis Ensemble Pierrot

January 24, 2016 | 7:30PM | 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY, United States (Map)

Mimesis Ensemble presents Pierrot, by Mohammed Fairouz


$25 General Admission

Tickets available at the Joe’s Pub Box Office, by calling 212-967-7555, or online at the link below.


The premise:  as if in the demented, war-haunted last episode of Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz, or in a German expressionist landscape remastered to resemble an outtake from Disney’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice, our pale hero (erototomane, cinéaste, clown, troubadour, analysand, synaesthete) wanders through circles of a moonlit inferno, where he confronts shadows of charmed, histrionic luminaries, including Susan Sontag, Virginia Woolf, Patty Duke, Mae West, Diana Vreeland….   Each of Pierrot’s encounters, like an unanswered question, spills back on itself, with the recursive, schizoid elegance of a rondo;  Pierrot is traveling backward, not forward, with the suddenness of an orgasm arrested before its spasms commence.   Pierrot gives birth;  Pierrot gets a tonsilectomy;  Pierrot poses problems;  Pierrot shuns a dying drunk expatriate;  Pierrot makes snide remarks in front of Patty Duke;  Pierrot sits beside Susan Sontag at a dinner party;  in Pierrot’s presence, the Madonna sews a quilt celebrating gay marriage.  The audience’s role is to rescue Pierrot from his spell by paying close attention to every movement of his body and every inflection of his singing, speaking voice:  every consonant, every vowel, binds the listener to Pierrot’s embarrassed, eager-to-please body. Wayne Koestenbaum


Michael Couper, conductor

Timur Bekbosunov, tenor

Jacqueline Cordova-Arrington, flute

Isabel Kim, clarinet

Abigail Karr, violin

Colin Stokes, cello

Katie Reimer, piano


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425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY, United States