OPEN CALL for participants
Intensive workshop on the praxis of Performance art
In the framework of the formative
activities of the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK, Studio
Contemporaneo and C32 performingartworkspace are glad to present the
first of a series of practical workshops on Performance art in Venice.
MayDay is a 7 days
intensive workshop on the praxis of Performance art, following
Performance artist duo VestAndPage unique method through the process of
making a performative piece. During the practical exercises, under
various conditions, the participants are provided with means to
conceive, develop and realize a performance, mainly only using their own
body as a tool:
• To work towards touching point zero in perception, introspection,
judgement (on one self and on the others) and intention, to then rebuild
a new way of authenticity-based perception and expression, for finally
transforming visions and ideas into a concrete artistic action.
• To take distance from merely being virtuous by establishing, evaluating, and energizing the personal action in se.
• To free oneself from common behavioural patterns so as to create new ways of encountering, collaborating and living.
• To overcome the fragile constituent limits, may they be based on physicality, fears or social patterns.
• To touch and strengthen the most human inner sensors in order to
activate personal and universal memories, for using as germinal matter
for future artistic substance.
Actions and exercises are innovative but inspired by Dynamic Breathing,
Social Theatre, Living Theatre, Macro and Micro Spherology, Inner
Library, Liminality, Archetypes, Rituality, Memory activation,
Body-Space-Object, Time-Duration-Rhythm, Voice/Sound, Emotional
The goal of the workshop is to provide the participants with the
necessary theoretical and practical knowledge and artistic sensitivity
to conceive a final, individual performance.
Workshop language is English (Italian, German and Spanish, additionally if needed).
Open to participants over the age of 18. No previous experiences required.
About the facilitators:
German artist and dancer Verena Stenke and Venetian artist, writer and
curator Andrea Pagnes have been working together under the name of
VestAndPage in Performance art, filmmaking, writing and curatorship
since 2006. They are experienced workshop leaders and facilitators for
students, art professionals from different backgrounds and non-art
participants, either normally endowed or differently abled, of any age.
They have been invited to hold practical workshops, research lectures
and teachings in institutions worldwide such as Centre for Community
Cultural Development and Lingnan University (Hong Kong), UNEARTE
Universidad Nacional Experimental de las Artes (Caracas), Taipei Artist
Village (Taiwan), Universidad Austral (Valdivia, Chile), University of
Fine Arts and Theatre (Santiago, Chile), EMBA (Buenos Aires), Alumnos47
Foundation (Mexico City), TeaK Theatre Academy (Helsinki), Seoul Art
Space (Seoul), The Substation (Singapore), BITEF Theatre (Belgrade), NYU
Steinhardt School of Culture (Venice/New York), Social Theatre Academy
IsoleComprese (Florence) among others. www.vest-and-page.de
Venice International Performance Art Week
is a live art exhibition project focused on Performance art. The 1st
edition was held in December 2012 at Palazzo Bembo, in which 31
international artists, ranging from pioneers to emerging artists, were
presented in an intensive 7 days program of exhibitions and live
C32 performingartworkspace is
a project by Marco Polo System g.e.i.e. for Forte Marghera - Parco del
Contemporaneo. Curated by Aldo Aliprandi and Marianna Andrigo. It works
in production and activation of a variety of formative projects
including, but not limited to, performance, experimental music and
dance. Its 500sqm space is divided into dance/rehearsal hall, living
room and guesthouse with bathroom and kitchen. It is conceived to host
artist residencies, workshops and work-in-progress activities,
collaborating with local and international artists and institutions to
create opportunities for exchange and experimentation in the
contemporary arts. www.c32performingartworkspace.blogspot.it
DATES: 21 - 28 May 2013
From 10 am to 6 pm, for 7 consecutive days.
(Arrival 20.05. / Departure 29.05., with the possibility to prolong your
stay individually for assisting the preview days of the 55° Venice
Biennale of Arts 29.-31.05.)
VENUE: C32 performingartworkspace - Parco del Contemporaneo - Forte Marghera,
Via Forte Marghera 30, Venice, Italy
FEE: 250,-€ / Students: 200,-€
• 7 days workshop, for a total of 56 hours
• Shared sleeping facilities at the venue’s guesthouse
• One meal a day
PLACES AVAILABLE: 15
LOGISTICS: SLEEPING: Participants will stay in shared rooms at the C32 guesthouse. DINING: Considering MayDay
as a time of healthy learning and artistic exchange, we provide for
shared dinning. C32 is equipped with a kitchen and dining room, where a
range of nutritional meals are prepared daily and particular attention
is paid to the use of organic and natural products that have not been
treated with chemical additives: cheese from the province of Maso
Dobbiaco in South Tyrol; salami and cold cuts from a small company in
Belluno; fruit and vegetables are purchased directly from farmers as
well as biological pasta, rice, coffee, bread, etc. In line with our
focus on avoiding waste and cutting down on pollution, we do not to use
plastic plates, cups or cutlery.
DOCUMENTATION: The workshop process as well as the
final performances will be documented in photograph and video, and
become part of the archive of the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART
WEEK, to be officially screened at the next event edition. The
participants will be provided with a booklet publication afterwards. At
the end of the formative workshop a certificate with formative credit
points value, will be issued to each participant.