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Like a Living Hologram

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Pierre Rigal has performed his solo érection in 16 different countries and has found that “It’s always very interesting to discover how [the audience] feels about the piece. It always gives me a lot of information about the local culture, but also a lot of insight into my own work.” In Costa Rica, the ending of the work, in which he seems to become a living hologram, made such a deep connection with the concepts of magical spirits and pre-Colombian beliefs that Rigal could hear the audience’s reaction in a way that was “very positive, an encouragement.” In Argentina, they associated the restricted space demarcated by érection’s ambitious video-generated lighting with a jail, and considered the solo “the story of a person who has to struggle to find his freedom.”

Through Oct. 27, Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W. 37 St. (betw. 9th & 10th Aves.), 212-279-4200; Thurs.-Fri. 7:30; Sat. 7:30 & 9:30, $20.

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