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Julien CreuzetAlgorithm ocean true blood moves

Julien Creuzet premieres his first large-scale choreographic work at Performa 2023, co-commissioned with Hartwig Art Foundation.

Julien Creuzet, Algorithm ocean true blood moves (2023), co-commissioned by Performa & Hartwig Art Foundation. Léman Ballroom, New York. Photo Walter Wlodarczyk.
Julien CreuzetAlgorithm ocean true blood movesPerforma 2023, NY10 11 Nov. 2023

Creuzet presents a new performance that continues his explorations into the history of trade, displacement, and diaspora. In collaboration with Brazilian choreographer Ana Pi, Creuzet draws on a collection of movements by online content creators of African descent. The movements, gathered by the artist from social media over the years, unveil unexpected, yet intimate connections between steps that exist in different times and geographies across the Black Atlantic.

Creuzet’s performance at Performa 2023 includes performers from the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe and feature movements, soundscapes, and a series of sculptural objects created by the artist.

The performance is co-commissioned by Performa and Hartwig Art Foundation. Read more about the ongoing collaboration between Performa and Hartwig Art Foundation here.


Julien Creuzet is a French-Caribbean visual artist and poet who blends sculpture, installation, and poetry to explore his diasporic experience and connection to Martinique, his ancestral home, which he refers to as “the heart of my imagination”. Influenced by Aimé Césaire and Édouard Glissant's reflections on creolization and migration, Creuzet delves into the complex relationship between Caribbean histories and European modernity while addressing themes of emancipation and the present-day legacy of the Caribbean diaspora.

Creuzet will represent France at the 60th Venice Biennale in 2024. Recent solo exhibitions include LUMA Westbau in Zürich (2023), the LUMA Foundation in Arles (2022), the Camden Arts Centre in London (2021), as well as the CAN Centre d'art Neuchâtel and Palais De Tokyo, Paris, both in 2019. In 2020 he participated in Manifesta 13 in Marseille, and in 2023 he will be included in the 35th edition of the São Paulo Art Biennale.


Algorithm ocean true blood moves by Julien Creuzet is co-commissioned by Performa and Hartwig Art Foundation.

Kamani Abu, Sarah Boyd, Sydnie Cooper, Bette Danganan, DaJuan Foley Jr., Morgan Gregory, and Noel Olson (Performers); Natoxie (Music); Malou Beauvoir (Live music); Julien Creuzet (Concept, videos, sculptures, and costumes); Ana Pi (Choreography); Scarlett Chaumien (Julien Creuzet studio coordinator) with Chadine Amghar, Iris Fabre, and Louis Somveille (artist collaborators); Emilien Colombier (Video motion designer); Timothée Sarran (Video sound Design); Charles Aubin (Performa Senior Curator and Head of Publications); Julia Simpson (Performa Biennial 2023 Senior Producer) and Josie Bettman (Performa 2023 Associate Producer). See here for complete credits.