In The First Place…

Colin Gee, a performer who studied at the famous Jacques Lecoq School of Theater in Paris, presents the world premiere of a film he made while a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome in 2012: In the First Place… The film is a multilayered dance installation developed from the book Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (The Strife of Love in a Dream), an Italian pastoral romance published in 1499. The film, to quote Gee, is also “inspired in part by the Memory Palace technique, which uses architectural spaces to help organize information that is to be remembered. It develops a relationship between memory and imagination that I’ve found relevant to my work with character and movement.” The film was made with the support of a Dance Movies Commission from EMPAC, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy, New York. Gee was for a number of years a principal clown at the Cirque du Soleil, and, recently, the founding Whitney Live Artist in Residence at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The music of In the First Place… was written by his sister, the composer Erin Gee, who collaborates frequently with Colin. Her opera Sleep had its world premiere at the Zurich Opera House.

Both screenings are free and open to the public. The April 6 screening will be followed by an open reception and panel discussion. For more information, please visit