As the group was invited to step out to admire the flowers, the elevator disappeared, leaving the audience alone on the top floor, in awe of this surrealistic bouquet.
Soon thereafter, when the freight returned, it was carrying two figures dressed in full-body white bio-hazard suits, with neoprene gloves, face masks and safety goggles. This strange image was the beginning of Elevator Ballet, a dance piece choreographed by Jos McKain and Nathan Makolandra especially for Against The Grain in which these two figures explore their twin-like relationship and boundaries within this limited space.
Accompanying the performances was a musical design by Paul Armand-Delille which served to emphasise the weirdness of the atmosphere and provided a sound environment for the entirety of the show. The installations and performances were all lit by Boris Lévy, who worked with the space’s natural constraints in order to create a magical effect, including a mist cloud on the top of the elevator shaft, some powerful use of neon lighting and a mist device to light the third floor installation.
Against The Grain
A selection of installations and performances, curated by Jay Ezra Nayssan and Anatole Maggiar in conjunction with 440 HOPE.
With support from MAD Agency, COFFIM and the French Consulate in Los Angeles.
MAD Agency wishes to thank everyone involved including -but not limited to- Edward Khalili, Daniel Khalili, Derek Kinzel, Raphaël Chatelain, Adélaide Barbier, Darius Sabaghzaddeh, Tom Newth, Nicolette Mishkan, Christopher Kreeling, François Ghebaly, Erik Anaya.
All Photos courtesy of Raphaël Chatelain for MAD Agency, 2013.