Le Grand Balcon draws loosely on Jean Genet’s Le Balcon, in which the play’s high porch is a space of contestation between revolution and counter-revolution, reality and illusion. A recurring motif…
Le Grand Balcon draws loosely on Jean Genet’s Le Balcon, in which the play’s high porch is a space of contestation between revolution and counter-revolution, reality and illusion. A recurring motif in Genet’s writing, his balcony is a place where representation itself can be perversely troubled.
For Genet (and for many other writers, including Shakespeare) the balcony is also a topos of amorous flirtation:
a privileged but ambiguous space that brings lovers closer while keeping them apart. It is a desiring apparatus and a theatrical space that articulates the complex relationship between inside and outside, up and down. The balcony is also subject to a particular regime of visibility, a space where a person can dramatically stage herself, with power and vulnerability on display.
In Genet’s play, the Grand Balcony is the brothel that presents a fiercely ironical microcosm of the power elite besieged by revolutionary forces at the gates.
In turn, the exhibition Le Grand Balcon enacts Genet’s concern with meta-theatricality and role-playing by unfolding incidents alongside “objects” that often refuse to reveal themselves as truths. As an exhibition, Le Grand Balcon aims to open up a mental space to rethink some of our most pressing matters and their interconnectedness—our culture of waste and excess, the accelerating dematerialisation of the economy and the global evolution towards a clash of prophesying communities.
Looking for our shows in your city? Check the schedule below.
Latest news, thoughts, and
Don’t forget to follow our blog and our social media.
Cemetary of Uniforms and Liveries, 2016 Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal 19.10.2016 – 15.01.2017 Entre 1964 et 1966, Andy Warhol réalise Screen Tests, une série de 472 courts…
He was a poet and he taught us how to react and to become this poetry Part 1, 2016 He was a poet and he taught us how…
Toutes les chansons que j’ai composées / Every Song I’ve Ever Written, 2016Musée d’arts contemporain de Montréal 04.11.2016 La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines 07.11.2016 + 09.11.2016—11.11.2016 La Biennale de…
Cemetery of Uniforms and Liveries, 2016 Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal 19.10.2016—15.01.2017 Between 1964 and 1966, Andy Warhol made his “Screen Tests”, a series of 472 short films…
Hemlock Forest, 2016 Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal 19.10.2016 – 15.01.2017 Over the past 30 years, Moyra Davey has produced an extraordinary and increasingly influential body of work…