Off The Wall
Located near the Canal Saint Martin in the center of the city, Le Paname is Paris’s most influential and legendary comedy club.
Born in New-York and Chicago’s urban’s neglected zones, comedy clubs had reclaim those leftovers and turned them into hype alternative spots.
As most of those industrial buildings where made of bricks, it naturally became the background signature of all the comedy-clubs in the United-States, and soon enough all around the world.
Original and innovative, this contemporary theater typology breaks the ancestral “4th wall”, an imaginary line between the actors and the audience, by addressing and interact directly with the audience while respecting the new social distancing rules.
Le Paname Comedy-Club has been thought as the direct descendant of Italian’s renaissance stage set, allowing multiple perspectives; a mirror set up creates a reflection dynamic that stretches the stage into endless views.
Bricks are a constitutive element of the project; yet it is hijacked from the original stand-up classic code as the scene bends, expands, twists and finally dissolve at the very center of the scene where the comedian stands. It is an accumulation of single bricks units rather than a unique wall, a timeline of a progressive urban chaos, from alignment to total explosion.
Moreover, it is the physical representation of the 4th wall’s dissolution, where urbanity blasts and mankind remain at the center of the scene’s vortex.
- Client: Paname Art Café
- State: Delivered September 2020
- Program: Comedy-Club including a restaurant, bar, exhibition space
- Localisation: Paris 11th district