C’est Pas Là, C’est Par Là

It’s not here, it’s over here.

Direct from France. U.S Premiere Tour of the renowned immersive arts experience.

Direct from Marseille, France, C’est Pas Là, C’est Par Là is a unique, site-specific show that invites the community to come together and maneuver through a massive web of string 6 kilometers (nearly 4 miles) long. The free, public show will occur on the empty lot next to City Blue Imaging located at 68 Scio Street in downtown Rochester.

Conceived by South Korean street artist Juhyung Lee and produced by the arts collective Compagnie Galmae, C’est Pas , C’est Par Là comes to the U.S. directly from Marseille, France, where both are based. Lee was inspired to create the show by a pro-democracy demonstration that he attended in Seoul, South Korea. He is interested in the concepts underlying large-scale performances, especially exploring the role of the individual within a group dynamic.

At the onset, the audience is led by Lee to take an end of string and enter the web. They soon become actors, passing strands over and under each other and collectively working to roll the string back into individual balls. At the show’s conclusion, the individual balls of string are set alight in a bonfire to commemorate the achievement of teamwork and demonstrate the fleeting nature of the human experience. The production uses a dynamic soundscape from the South Korean demonstration and an inventive lighting design to further enhance the show’s impact.

C’est Pas Là, C’est Par Là, which Lee and Galmae have performed globally, explores how a crowd moves; how one moves differently when alone versus when in a crowd; what determines the “we;” and what is an individual within a group? They hope to engage audiences in a communal exercise of reconstruction and deconstruction that is fun, participatory, political, playful, and collaborative.

The presentation of the performance-installation C’est pas là, C’est par là by Compagnie Galmae… is made 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.


  • Length: 45 Minutes
  • Tickets: Not Required
  • Venue: City Blue Imaging
  • Genre: Visual Arts & Film
  • Production Company: Galmae
  • Location Type: Outdoor

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