Date(s) - Apr 10
The Mona Bismarck American Center participated in the 10th edition of the Concordanse festival that unites writers and choreographers, with a performance by American choreographer Jonah Bokaer based on texts by French writer Antoine Dufeu on Friday, April 10.
A Museum of Nothing, their collaboration, is inspired by Joseph Beuys’ 1974 piece I Like America and America Likes Me, and explores positions, attitudes, costumes, gestures and symbols.
Born in 1981 in Ithaca, New York, Jonah Bokaer studied dance at Cornell University and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts before joining the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (2000-2007), at the unprecedented age of 18. He pursued a parallel degree in Visual & Media Studies at The New School (2003-2007). In 2008-2009, he was the first choreographer to be named “Young Leader” by the French-American Foundation.
He has participated in multiple French festivals, including the Festival de Marseille, Les Subsistances de Lyon, and the New Settings performing arts festival. In 2011, Bokaer received the Prix Nouveau Talent Choréographie from the SACD.
As a dancer, he has worked with John Jasperse, David Gordon, Deborah Hay, Tino Seghal, among others. He interpreted the choreography of George Balanchine as restaged by Melissa Hayden. He has worked with Robert Wilson on multiple opera productions (Faust, Aïda, Kool, On the Beach) and frequently collaborates with artists of different media, including Daniel Arsham, Anne Carson and Robert Gober. His works have appeared in museums such as MOMA, the Whitney and the Guggenheim.
A Museum of Nothing represents his first collaboration with Antoine Dufeu.
Poet, writer, dramaturge. Before becoming a writer, Antoine Dufeu attended the EDHEC Business School in Lille (1997). He worked in a multinational American company in Paris for three years before resigning to become a journalist.
In 2012, Dufeu founded the Lic platform for research, publishing, and creation. A member of the editorial boards of the SACD and SCAM, Dufeu is now the associated author of the European Society of Authors and Translators. Some of his most notable publications include inch’menschen (2004), SEnsemble (2008), and AGO-autoportrait séquencé de Tony Chicane (2012). In 2014, Dufeu published DGNOUCBW and Blancs and collaborated with Thierry Raynaud on an adaptation of his book Nous (published in MIX in 2006).
He has regularly collaborated with Valentina Traïanova on performances, most notably Frankistan in 2013.
The Concordan(s)e Festival focuses on collaborations between choreographers and writers, offering a unique opportunity to bring together different artistic experiences and disciplines for an unexpected and inimitable result.
The different writer-choreographer pairs selected for each performance have never met or worked together before.