"The infamous French experimental/performance-art legend Jean-Louis Costes, who has been plying his trade since the cassette underground of the mid-'80s. A cross between the scatology of G.G. Allin, the depravity of Whitehouse and the transgressivism of Karen Finley"
Black Sun are delighted to announce that musician, artist, actor, film-maker and author, Jean Louis Costes is doing his first and only Irish show in Cork at the Granary Theatre on September 26th. Costes has been working on a special show in english, combining performance and music, for this gig. Due to the graphic nature of his live shows, this performance will be strictly over 18's.
Jean-Louis Costes is a controversial, ecstatic and extreme performer. Since 1986 he has worked primarily with music, releasing over 40 albums on cd, and others on cassette. He has also made several full-length and short films (and appeared in Irreversible and Baise-Moi). All of this work comes together in his performances, such as Little Birds Shit (2007) a two person drama about a repressed couple who ‘look for more’ in S/M, or in The Holy Virgin Cult (2008). The shows are highly physical and also highly-charged, this is an interaction that stamps all over social networks and wants to break things down. His work is a physical meditation that cannot live with the everyday. He loves shit, sex, the body as tool, the body as object, the body as something more and less than a person. He also has fun with fears of racism, with an album called Nik ta Race (Fuck your Race). There can be no borders for Costes, no demarcation lines, as we all come together, immersed through fluid, ranting and black (or brown) humour. If this all sounds too serious, it’s not – Costes is always humorous, nothing is sacred – and that means all can be made funny. The word ‘uncompromising’ if often used and rarely lived-up to, but the author of the novel Viva la Merda! (Long Live Shit!) is just that. Highly theatrical, but shunned by official theatre, we have sneaked him into one - he is fierce and joyous as he pulls down social taboos, and he will prise open your ears, eyes and head with this first ever performance in Ireland.
A selection of Costes' short films will be screened during the night. Vegan cakes and records/tapes/cds from distro's Bold Lump (Dublin) and Rimbaud Records (Cork) will be available for purchase throughout the night.