1. Introduction
      2. Trajectory
      3. Texts
      4. Documentation
      Performance in Residence


    1. Guy de Cointet (1934-1983) is typically the ‘artist of the artists’; a secret figure who lived in Los Angeles most of his life, where he developed a polymorphic corpus of works. His practice could be described as ‘theatre in an enlarged field’. Guy de Cointet has written more than twenty plays, half of which were staged during his lifetime. As a Frenchman in the U.S.A. and a perfect observer of the society of entertainment with its soap operas, body building and ‘serious doctors’, he created a body of work that investigates the borders between high and low, performance and sculpture, theatre and everyday life.

      Marie de Brugerolle is an art historian, curator and dramatist. She is professor at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon. In 1996 she first included his work in the exhibition And Gravity, co-curated with Paul McCarthy at CNAC – Le Magasin in Grenoble. She organized the first European survey of Guy de CointetWho’s that Guy?, at MAMCO, Geneva, in 2004 and presented his oeuvre in the context of the work of Paul McCarthy, Mike Kelley and Catherine Sullivan in Faire des choses avec des mots/Making words with things at CRAC, Sète, in 2006. The play Tell Me was first remade for this show and then restaged at the Tate Modern, London, in 2007, at STUK arts centre in Leuven in 2007 and at the Festival a/d Werf in Utrecht in 2008. De Cointet’s plays Two Drawings and My Father’s Diary were staged at de Appel arts centre in 2008. Marie de Brugerolle authored the first monograph about Guy de Cointet, which will be published by JRP|Ringier in 2011. Her documentary film Who’s that Guy?… tell me more about Guy de Cointet will be presented to the public in the winter of 2011.

      1. If I Can’t Dance invited Marie de Brugerolle to be the first cultural practitioner to carry out research in the programme Performance in Residence. The performance Five Sisters by Guy de Cointet is the focus of her study.

        Guy de Cointet (1934 – 1983) was a French artist who became well known among artists in Los Angeles in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Five Sisters is the last performance that was staged during his lifetime and marks a departure from his earlier work in its attention for light as the main catalyst of emotion.

        Marie de Brugerolle started her six month research period in November 2010. This moment kicked off with a presentation of de Cointet’s play Iglu at Frascati WG (in collaboration with Robert Wilhite); a lecture at the Stedelijk Museum about his work by Marie de Brugerolle; and a workshop for students of the Dutch Art Institute with actress Jane Zingale.

        1. PERFORMANCE

          13 and 14 May 2016, 9.30 pm

          Five Sisters at Culturgest, Lisbon

          Guy de Cointet and Eric Orr
          Culturgest, Lisbon

          Performances 15 November & 16 November 2013; Seminar 16 November 2013

          Five Sisters, and seminar

          Performance: Guy de Cointet and Eric Orr. Seminar: Zhao Chuan, Nav Haq, Peter Pal Pelbert, Sara van der Heide, Vivian Ziherl and Frederique Bergholtz
          OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen
        3. performance

          15 May 2013

          Five Sisters at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

          Guy de Cointet
          Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf
        4. performance

          15 March 2013

          Five Sisters at Centre Pompidou-Metz

          Guy de Cointet
          Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz
        5. workshop

          18 – 19 October 2012

          Tell a Vision – Seminar about aspects of television’s impact on performing arts

          Marie de Brugerolle, with Clara Gensburger & Anna-Sophie Dinant
          Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam
        6. performance

          9 – 10 May 2012

          Five Sisters at MoMA, New York

          Guy de Cointet
          MoMA, New York
        7. film

          2 May 2012

          Who’s That Guy? Tell Me More About Guy de Cointet

          Marie de Brugerolle
          MoMA, New York
        8. performance

          27 April 2012

          Five Sisters at LACMA, Los Angeles

          Guy de Cointet
          LACMA, Los Angeles
        9. performance

          16 December 2011

          Five Sisters at Reina Sofía, Madrid

          Guy de Cointet
          Reina Sofía, Madrid
        10. symposium

          12 November 2011

          Una jornada en torno a Guy de Cointet

          Guy de Cointet
          MUSAC, Léon
        11. performance

          12 November 2011

          Five Sisters at MUSAC, Léon

          Guy de Cointet
          MUSAC, Léon
        12. performance

          3 – 5 November 2011

          Five Sisters at Playground festival, Leuven

          Guy de Cointet
          STUK kunstencentrum, Leuven
        13. performance

          28 – 29 October 2011

          Five Sisters

          Guy de Cointet
          Frascati WG, Amsterdam
        14. film

          27 October 2011

          Who's That Guy? Tell Me More about Guy de Cointet (#2)

          Marie de Brugerolle
          SMART Project Space, Amsterdam
        15. logbook

          17 October 2011

          Thoughts after the first week of reading Five Sisters

          Marie de Brugerolle
        16. logbook

          1 May 2011

          Minimalism and Baroque

          Marie de Brugerolle on Guy de Cointet, entry #6
        17. logbook

          1 April 2011

          The cast of Five Sisters

          Marie de Brugerolle on Guy de Cointet, entry #5
        18. logbook

          1 March 2011

          Text is a person

          Marie de Brugerolle on Guy de Cointet, entry #4
        19. logbook

          1 February 2011

          A performance or a play?

          Marie de Brugerolle on Guy de Cointet, entry #3
        20. logbook

          1 January 2011

          Considerations on Five Sisters

          Marie de Brugerolle on Guy de Cointet, entry #2
        21. logbook

          1 December 2010

          Falling for Guy de Cointet

          Marie de Brugerolle on Guy de Cointet, entry #1
        22. workshop

          13 – 14 November 2010

          Research project: Affect

          Marie de Brugerolle, Jane Zingale, and Master students Dutch Art Institute
          De Appel arts centre, Amsterdam
        23. lecture

          11 November 2010

          Who’s that Guy? About Guy de Cointet

          Marie de Brugerolle
          Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
        24. performance

          9 November 2010

          Iglu (European premiere)

          Guy de Cointet & Robert Wilhite
          Frascati WG, Amsterdam
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