Saturday, June 09, 2007

Street Performance


No, this young lady is not - totally - crazy! She's just part of a street performance that I attended at Metro Edgard Quinet (14th arrondissement) today. The principle is simple: each of these artists pretends to be a "normal" passer by until they start acting weird (see here someone fishing in a metro entrance or kissing the sidewalk!)... Needless to say that the audience - well the actual normal passers by - is quite puzzled. If you're interested, they have a web site (in French).
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24 comments:

  1. I have a degree in theatre, and there is NO WAY you'd get my mouth on some random pole. Ewww!

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  2. Too funny! (I wonder if it would work as well in New York or San Francisco, though - so many people are acting weird on a daily basis here ;) - but it'd sure be a lot of fun to find out :)

    (FYI, I don't know if it's just me but it's been really hard to load your blog for the past few days Eric.)

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  3. This would be weird. I'm not sure I'd want to put my mouth on that pole either. There must have been alot of hands on that pole.

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  4. Aside from the potential lack of clenliness involved, I think these performances would be fun/fun to see!

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  5. Oh! Je viens de voir la photo d'hier. La rue des Dames au-dessus des voies de St-Lazare... mon coeur vient de fondre! J'ai passé un été dans un appartement sur la rue Biot, tout près, en 1995. Ah là là, que de souvenirs (dont celui de l'élection de Chirac le 7 mai)! Une de mes copines a déménagé quelques années plus tard rue Dulong, à l'autre extrémité. Bon ben voilà.
    Signé : Une Québécoise replongée dans sa tendre jeunesse :)

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  6. Eric, le métro edgar quinet se situe dans le 14 ème arrondissement :)
    Bien à toi et vive Paris :)

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  7. Ooopps Croque Madame... Merci. Je viens de corriger. La honte !

    Michèle, c'est incroyable, ça fait deux fois qu'on me parle de la rue biot suite à cette photo. A croire que c'est la rue la plus fréquentée par les visiteurs de ce blog LOL (hier j'expliquais que quand je vivais dans ce quartier, la rue Biot était connue pour être le haut lieu de la drogue !)

    Buzzgirl, I sure that with a little training AND motivation you'd do it LOL.

    Tomate, I know same here it takes ages before the photos appear. A friend of mine offered to transfer me on Wordpress but I don't know...

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  8. It's one thing to bite a Pole, but one should never try to bite an Australian !!

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  9. She must be very hungry ;-) Well, that's street art.

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  10. wow what a great idea just eating poles. just the best way to get the attention of the public

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  11. Not sure I appreciate this kind of art. It is beyond me.

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  12. Ne t'en fais pas Eric, ton lapsus était justifiable, le 15e est vraiment juste à côté!
    J'adore ton blog. Merci!

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  13. Eric: Hmm.. Wordpress, I don't know about that either. I think Wordpress is even slower.

    You could ask Arnaud at
    http://siliconvalleyfrogs.com/

    and Christophe at
    http://adproject.free.fr/wordpress/

    what they think about WordPress, but I can tell you from experience that it does take forever to load their blogs most of the time, and neither one of them is loaded with photos, gadgets, or whatever, so I don' t know.

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  14. Quelle yikes! I hoped she sprayed some anti-bacterial gel on the pole before she ate it!!

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  15. Je viens en effet de lire les commentaires d'hier. De toutes les rues de Paris... la rue Biot! Quel hasard! Heureusement que mes parents n'étaient pas au courant, ils ne m'auraient jamais laissé partir! En revanche, et c'est moins exotique, il y avait un bout de trottoir peuplé par quelques SDF ivrognes, et il va sans dire que le coin ne sentait pas très bon!

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  16. Oh My Gawd...I love this!! Paris is becoming more like SAN FRANCISCO everyday!! LOL!!!

    But SF will never be as beautiful, as interesting or as cultured as Paris! Thank Gawd we have Paris...ehhh??? ;-)

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  17. Moi je parie qu'ils ont mis du chocolat sur ce pole, c'est pour ça qu'elle s'est mis à le bouffer!

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  18. To paraphrase Steve Martin: comedy is not sanitary.

    Street bizarre theater can be fun, or it can be a bore. I like the fishing. Biting the pole is one thing, but the dress is the kicker. And, folks, you think kissing concrete is any cleaner? Here, puppy...

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  19. It looks so funny, though ZERO hygiene

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  20. good idea to mention this street theatre. I had the chance to see them a lot since the end of April (I live very close to this metro station) and they surprised me a lot doing things you do not expect in the public space. For instance I remember they played a lot on the stairs of the metro entrance by slowly crawling on them. Other troups played on food by putting a lot of salads all around the streets during the Wednesday morning street market, which made some people understand this to be an action done by some environmentalist activists !!!
    Anyway this is a thing that should take place more in every city because these kind of action makes you think differently on how you live a city, what you can do in a public space (it makes you think of what you think is normal, deviant...) which is very important nowadays...

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  21. was it the doctor's prescription for her iron deficiency?

    haha...

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