Residency showings at the Institute of Contemprary Art at Maine College of Art: August 1-3.
Premiere at Bard College: November 20-24
Tackling the timeless tension and widening gap between the “haves” and “have nots,” Chambre is a hilarious, relentless, contemporary take on Jean Genet’s iconic play Les Bonnes (The Maids). Choreographer, writer, and performer Jack Ferver and visual artist Marc Swanson collaborate to create this timely work (a hybrid, interdisciplinary performance and art installation) which sharply tears into examinations of otherness, gender, celebrity, and class divide through the story of two “Maids” (performed by Jack Ferver and Jacob Slominski) and their volatile role-playing of elaborate ritualized games of wealth and power, mimicking their “Madame” (performed by Michelle Mola). And these are some killer games.
"Ferver’s performances are so extreme they sometimes look and feel like exorcisms."
- The New Yorker
Chambre is commissioned and developed by Live Arts Bard, the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College’s commission and residency program with residency and research support from Barysnikov Arts Center, The Watermill Center/Byrd Hoffman Foundation, and the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art.
Rehearsal view of Jacob Slominski and Jack Ferver at the Watermill Cente.
Photograph: Jose Carlos Casado