Foto LafayeBordeaux, 1915- Paris, 1989

The Georges Lafaye Company was set up in Saint Germain des Prés in 1950 and its founder collaborated with Yves Joly from then on. His international tours took him from Paris to Las Vegas. His sketches and pantomimes have an unprecedented theatrical character derived from the motion picture. He applied cinematic techniques on stage and experienced with rhythmic visual effects, abstractions, geometric objects, graphics and transformations. This made him a pioneer, who led to the introduction of new words to describe his performances: animation shows, theatre of objects or black theatre.
John and Marsha (1952) is one of his best-known performances, a love dialogue between a hat and an ostrich feather boa. Herta Frankel acquired the show for her black theatre collection.