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Street artist Juhyung Lee transforms a crowd of spectators into a problem-solving collective on the hill overlooking PS21’s Pavilion Theater. A string installation resembling a freshly woven spider’s web reconfigures the public space. One spectator picks up a stone and starts to roll up the string bound to it, another walks into the middle of the labyrinth and contemplates the unraveling tangle. Passing over and under the threads, the spectators, transformed into actors in the performance, help each other. The neutral space becomes a meeting place, the individuals form a community.
After touring the world, Compagnie Galmae’s collective performance C’est pas là, C’est par là will engage audiences with the PS21 landscape, where as participants they negotiate their relationships to space, place, and one another through a designed environment built specifically for the performance. This playful, political, participatory work will be a highlight of Pathways programming.
About Juhyung Lee / Compagnie Galmae
In 2012, while doing his military service, South Korean Juhyung Lee participated in Bivouac by Générik Vapeur at the Seoul Street Art Festival. This encounter was a real turning point, and in 2014, he abandoned his law studies to join Générik Vapeur in Marseille. During his first year at the Cité des arts de la rue, he met apprentices from the FAI-AR (Formation supérieure d’art en espace public) and was inspired to do this training in 2015. In 2017, he created Compagnie Galmae, an artistic company that performs in public spaces. In 2018, he won the Bourse SACD Auteurs d’Espace.
The presentation of Compagnie Galmae has been made possible through FACE Contemporary Theater, a program of FACE Foundation and Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with support from the Florence Gould Foundation, The Ford Foundation, Institut français (Paris), the French Ministry of Culture, and private donors.
Attendees will be required to provide proof of full vaccination (two shots and at least one booster), or a negative PCR test within 72 hours of performance, or a negative antigen test the day of the event. Masks are optional.
PS21 has two unique venues in one stunning building on a bucolic setting just one mile outside the Village of Chatham: a traditional stage with open air seating protected by a sweeping pavilion roof as well as an enclosed black box theater. Equipped with state-of-the-art theatrical equipment, PS21 is able to accommodate a wide range of works by today's most brilliant artists in dance, theater and music.