Le Petit Versailles is a NYC public community garden in the East Village that presents a season of events including art exhibitions, music, film/video, performance, theater, workshops and community projects from May - October. LPV is a project of Allied Productions, Inc., a non profit arts organization.

Monday, August 21, 2006


346 East Houston Street < Avenues B & C >
F / V trains to Second Ave. Walk east on HOUSTON St. or
J / M trains to Delancey. Walk northeast to HOUSTON St.
Rain or Shine. FREE or voluntary donation. 212 529 8815
Press contact: Peter Cramer 212-529-8815

Films of Karel Doing (Amsterdam)

Karel Doing makes film poems in various forms; personal documentaries, visual music, fairy tales and expanded cinema projects. Many of his films are shot on Super8, with small budgets and dedicated friends in crew and cast. His most remarkable screenings were in Guggenheim Bilbao, Mc Murdo Station Antarktika and Hotel Indonesia Jakarta. This time he proposes a short film programme mixed with musical intermezzo's.

- Meni / 16mm, 4 min. 1994
- Ultimatum / 16mm, 7 min. 1992
- musical intermezzo: a solo by voice-artist Andrea Emonds / 5 min. recorded on DV
- Whirlwind / 16mm, 9 min. 1998
- Energy Energy / 16mm, 7 min. 1999
- musical intermezzo: an improvisation by Andrea Emonds (voice) and Rita Knuistingh Neven (piano) 5 min. recorded on DV
- Rêve Rive / 16mm, 6 min. 2003 (with soundtrack by Andrea Emonds)
- Trottadam / super8 on DV, 12 min 2006 (with soundtrack by Rita Knuistingh Neven)
- musical intermezzo: an improvisation by Andrea Emonds (voice) and Nina Hitz (cello) 5 min. recorded on DV
- EI / super8 on DV, 5 min. 2006
- Jinx / super8 on DV, 9 min. 2005

Monday, August 14, 2006


August 19 Saturday 8pm

Pilar Viviente (spain)
Save Nature-Save Culture
Postcard Installation & Video Screening

Sarah Kipp (nyc)
“tales of texaco”
multi-media performance

Le Petit Versailles Garden
346 East Houston Street < Avenues B & C >
F / V trains to Second Ave. Walk east on Houston St. or
J / M trains to Delancey. Walk northeast to Houston St.
Rain or Shine. FREE or voluntary donation.
Press contact: Peter Cramer 212-529-8815

Pilar Viviente (spain)
The Dream Of An Eye screening (images and sound from the nature, in mixture with Natasha Atlas soundtrack) shows a natural environment in a natural little garden located in New York City. The Dream Of An Eye screening and the Petit Versailles garden goes together, both SAVE NATURE, developing and saving nature in different ways and with different mediums (speaking about nature with images, working with her... with a digital camera or with a bucket and spade).
All those buildings and skyscrapers around the garden make much more relevant the message SAVE NATURE.
People will associate books, city and culture (culture of files) as a specific representation of New York City (Books making skyscrapers).
SAVE CULTURE talk us about books, about city urban planning, how we build and how we preserve green spaces, in other word, how we SAVE NATURE. No more NATURE VS CULTURE, but the symbiosis NATURE/CULTURE. Saving the nature we save the culture. Save culture means also save nature. Those means still open for the reader or audience at the event. And I hope nobody will live the garden without his or her postcard (200 postcards).

Sarah Kipp
As a performer, I work alone with the technical aid of my partner who deals with light and sound. My work incorporates the projected image, pre-recorded sound, and music. I project images in the form of slides onto my own physical self; face and body. The images that I use are portrait paintings that I have done in the past as well as old family slides of myself as a child, my father, my grandparents, and my mother. By coupling these images with my current self, a new identity emerges. I tell stories about life, memory, and dreams. These stories are extremely honest, sometimes painful, yet often comedic. I also incorporate music, as I lip-synch to various nostalgic melodies from the past. I am in the process of creating a new story to present in your garden. In this piece, I would also like to weave lip-synching into the narrative. I am greatly attracted to the fact that the work would be presented in a garden. I have performed outdoors in the past, and the element of nature, coupled with the technical aspect of the performance (the projected image) creates a queer and beautiful sense of irony. My projects aim is to reach out to a community of viewers. Through my stories, I hope to strike an empathetic realization of humanness to those who view the work. I am interested in my audiences interpretations, and what they might discover about themselves, their family, or their world.

Monday, August 07, 2006

This Week @ Le Petit Versailles

This week @ Le Petit Versailles
346 East Houston Street < Avenues B & C > Rain or Shine. FREE / voluntary donation
F / V trains to Second Ave. Walk east on Houston St. or J / M trains to Delancey. Walk northeast to Houston St.
Press contact: Peter Cramer 212-529-8815

August 10 Thursday 8:30 pm
“ This Delicate Monster”
created by Michelle Handelman

“This Delicate Monster” is a multi-media pop fable inspired by Charles Baudelaire’s Flowers of Evil, a book of poems succulent and darkly suave as 19th-century Paris and Baudelaire himself. Michelle Handelman transposes the Flowers of Evil into a garden feast of excess and desire with multiple projections, live performances, organic foods and cocktails, creating a haunting and hallucinatory fragmented narrative best described as a cross between a music video, a pagan ritual and a Vogue fashion shoot gone terribly wrong. Collaborating with couture costume designer Garo Sparo and a cast of performers, Handelman visits the abyss of fear and the sublime - implicating the viewer every step of the way. A visceral experience not to be missed.

Michelle Handelman, video artist, performer and director of the critically acclaimed feature documentary BloodSisters (1999 Bravo Award) invites the viewer into her invented world of This Delicate Monster – a benevolent nightmare creating a new spin on the human condition - an abject space where meaning falls apart in a persistent and macabre performance of endurance.

August 12 Saturday 8pm.
“OUT” - FreeFormFilmFestival
A collection of outsider and incorrect film/video clips that we have been calling, "OUT” , includes excerpts from training videos, performances, advertisements, and television programs from the past 50 years.
At Free Form we present new experimental works, but are also preservationists of forgotten and discarded media. Video archeology can be a humorous way to show our culture its history. Comparatively, old programs lack production tricks and gloss, which makes their formerly encoded messages stand out plainly. We like to study these messages and the arc of values the media has pushed to gage our cultures changing and unchanging values.

LPV News,musto,74049,15.html
" There was a literary orgy at the neighborhood garden Le Petit Versailles' "Arouse Is Arouse Is Arouse"—a Gertrude Stein tribute where Gertie's books were laid across the impromptu stage and everyone was invited to grab one and read a passage aloud. No one did. Then the organizers put some "Alice B. Toklas brownies" on the snack table. Everyone did. "
Contrary to this report, enthusiasts did get reading! They just need a bit of incentive!

Events are made possible by Allied Productions,Inc.,
Gardeners & Friends of LPV,Citizens for NYC, GreenThumb/ NYC Dept. of Parks,
Materials for the Arts; NYC ,Dept. of Cultural Affairs,NYC Dept. of Sanitation
& NYC Board of Education. and Manhattan Neighborhood Network.
LPV Programs are made possible with public funds the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency