a man wearing dark gray overall and white shirt sitting holding a small plant while balancing a glass of water on the side of his head.


Clement Layes
Saturday, February 1, 2014, at 8PM

“... one you should not miss ... cutting edge ... allege is a solo that is constantly evolving ... clever and unpretentious.”

—Cyprus Mail

Allege examines the possibility of an action that is not determined from the outside but is created from within itself. What can I do or not do to open up a field of undreamt-of possibilities?”

—Clément Layes

Humorous and conceptual, this solo by Clément Layes mixed performance art, philosophy, and dance with Chaplinesque virtuosity. Balancing a glass of water on his head for the duration of the performance, he took the audience on a contemplative journey involving habit and expectation, the absurdities of life, and overlooked small moments of beauty. In Allege, Layes offered both a remarkable physical feat and deep thinking about the daily life of objects.

Layes has a background in circus arts, dance, and philosophy. In 2008, with Jasna Layes-Vinovrski, he founded Public in Private; the company’s primary aim is to further develop choreography as a contemporary art form. Public in Private researches, reflects, and questions social, political, and cultural structures, as well the individual’s position in these structures. It uses a collaborative approach to broaden the borders of choreographic language and inspire different thinking, perception, and reflection of various mediums of creation. 

In Other Words included six artists who delivered lecture-performances, juxtaposed with talks by six thinkers in order to cross boundaries and make dialogue a continuous process of renewal.

This performance is presented in conjunction with Seth Lloyds’ talk, Programming the Universe.


Dates + Tickets

Clement Layes
Saturday 1
8:00 PM
February 2014
Event Type
Contemporary Performance


Production Credits

A production by Public in Private. Thanks to Sophiensaele, Tanztage Berlin, Festival Ardanthé, Dock 11, CND Paris. Supported by the Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department.