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Michel Groisman


As part of his first US tour, PS122 presents Brazilian artist Michel Groisman in two singular pieces and several interactive and intimate experiences for children and adults. By devising wearable apparatuses and sculpting his body to test the endurance and nature of the solitary human form, Groisman’s soulful performances and investigative group experiences challenge preconceptions of performance and play on the values of confidence and exchange.

Porta das Mãos (Door of Hands)  
A performance (and a game) in which Groisman explores the possibilities of movement and shape when restricted to two fingers from one hand remaining connected to two fingers on the other. Subtle yet transfixing, Door of Hands is an endless dance to examine and then attempt on your own.
Wednesday, September 21 at 8pm
Friday, September 23 at 9:30pm

Transferência (Transference)
A performance in which candles are attached to Michel Groisman’s body made possible by a series of leather straps and tubing. In one continuous action, candles are lit and extinguished in a constant ritual of fire and breath.
Thursday, September 22 at 8pm
Friday, September 23 at 7pm

Sirva-se (Serve Yourself)
A group experience in which participants are invited to place specially designed glasses on various parts of their body. With the glasses in position, water is used as a mean of communication between people, passed from one to another, the possibilities of such a transfer are explored.
Free; reservations encouraged
Wednesday, September 21 at 3pm
Thursday, September 22 at 9:30pm (for Transferência)
Sunday, September 25 at 2pm

Polvo (Octopus)
A card game in which players are dealt body parts instead of numbers in suit. Players will combine their own cards and reproduce the combinations with their own body. When a combination is impossible to be made alone the player may borrow a part of someone else’s body to be able to continue to play.
Free; reservations encouraged
Saturday, September 24 at 1pm
Saturday, September 24 at 8pm (for Long Table Discussion)

Long Table Discussion
The Long Table is an experimental public forum originally developed by performance artist Lois Weaver. The Long Table experiments with participation and public engagement by re-appropriating a dinner table atmosphere as a public forum, and encouraging informal conversations on serious topics. It is literally a very long table set up with chairs and refreshments where anyone and everyone is welcome to come to the table, ask questions, make statements, leave comments, or simply sit, listen and watch.
Location at 61 Local, 61 Bergen Street
Free; reservations encouraged
Saturday, September 24 at 6pm

September 21–25

Porta das Mãos (Door of Hands) Transferência (Transference)
$20, student
$15, seniors

The Main Gallery, 61 Local
51 Bergen St., 61 Bergen St.

Earlier Event: September 17
About Crossing the Line
Later Event: October 7
Emmanuel "Manu" Letouze