The Flynn is excited to partner with SEABA for a special community performance event at this year’s Art Hop. C’est pas là, c’est par là (It’s Not That Way, It’s This Way), produced by France-based studio Compagnie Galmae, invites community members to come together and untangle and maneuver through a massive web made of string. How does the crowd move? What is an individual within a group? How do we work together to solve a problem?
In the large parking lot at 128 Lakeside Avenue in Burlington, a dense string installation resembling a spider’s web is set up to fill the entirety of the space. Passing over and under the threads, hundreds of participants help each other make sense of the web and roll it up into a single ball. It’s fun, participatory, political, playful, and collaborative, and the evening finishes with a celebratory, cathartic bonfire to commemorate the achievement of working together as a community.
Galmae is led by Juhyung Lee, who discovered street arts performances in 2012 in Seoul. In 2015, Juhyung Lee joined the FAi-AR in Marseille. C’est pas là, c’est par là is his first original creation and has been performed at festivals and events in many countries. He is interested in the concepts underlying large-scale performances, especially exploring the role of the individual within a group dynamic.
The presentation of the performance installation C’est pas là, C’est par là by Compagnie Galmae is possible with the support of FACE Contemporary Theater, a program of Villa Albertine and FACE Foundation, in partnership with the French Embassy in the United States, with support from The Ford Foundation, Institut français, the French Ministry of Culture, and private donors.