Crossing the Pont Neuf with Montaigne





Jason Stoneking, PAris Performance

On February 28th, 2014, Jason paid tribute to one of his heroes, the great French essayist Michel de Montaigne, in a performance on the Pont Neuf in Paris, France. In Montaigne's c1588 essay Des Coches, he expressed his sadness that the construction of the Pont Neuf had been delayed, robbing him of his hope of seeing it in use before he died. So, on the occasion of Montaigne's birthday, Jason carried a giant portrait of Montaigne back and forth across the bridge. It was a way of thanking Michel for his influence, and also of symbolically honoring his dying wish.

Filmmaker Sylvain Despretz directed this short film of the event, and shot it with the help of Clotilde Bruneau, Richard Dailey, and Leslie Mcallister, who also edited. Jason was assisted in the performance by his friend Florencia Guerra, who distributed a flyer to passers-by, explaining the origin of the project. The flyer can be seen below. For more videos, subscribe to Jason's Youtube Channel, featuring readings performances and more!