Mai-Thu Perret

Mai-Thu Perret Love Letters in Ancient Brick

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In collaboration with choreographer Laurence Yadi, Mai-Thu Perret has created a dance adaptation of George Herriman’s popular Krazy Kat comic strip, published in American newspapers from 1916 –1944. Inspired by aspects of Herriman’s characters, landscapes, and rhythms that can serve as a structure for dance, Love Letters in Ancient Brick uses the curious love triangle between a simple-minded cat, an antagonistic mouse, and a protective police dog as its jumping-off point. In this way a three-dimensional comic strip is created, in which several variations of the same story are played out, drawing on Herriman’s trademark psychoanalytical drama, surreal visual universe, and use of invented language. The performance will be further driven by the rhythm of singer-narrator Tamar Barnett-Herrin and musician Vincent de Rouuin, as well as costumes by Ligia Dias. Presented by Performa and Swiss Institute with J Performances.



Supported by Pro Helvetia; Swiss Arts Council, Geneva City; Fonds Municipal d'Art Contemporain (FMAC), Geneva State; Department of Education, Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung (SIS); and David Kordansky Gallery. Co-produced by Association Feu Pâle, Geneva and Swiss Institute, New York