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Objective Suspense

Oct 16–Dec 12, 2008

Colin Gee, a former principal clown with Cirque de Soleil, creates a series of intimate performance experiences inspired by Alexander Calder’s innovative ideas of movement and love of the circus. With Calder’s Circus nearby, Gee manipulates abstract forms in several short acts that focus on the dynamics of movement. Engaging exhibition visitors one or two at a time, and using eye contact, rhythm, play, and stillness, Gee re-orients perceptions of the circus itself.

Though no one but the artist could animate Calder’s Circus—an early example of performance art—Gee’s surprise interventions, using figures of his own devising, charge the atmosphere of the gallery with parallel senses of suspense and animation.

Please note: Gee’s appearances are unannounced and will occur on select days during regular Museum hours.

Colin Gee trained as an actor at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris and the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre. His works have premiered at the Fringe Festival, PS 122, and Dance Theater Workshop, among others.

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