"Quando si lavora per piacere agli altri si può non raggiungere lo scopo ma le cose che si compiono per far piacere a noi stessi hanno sempre la probabilità di interessare qualcuno."
Marcel Proust

09/02/2013 Venice International Performance Week 21 - 28 May 2013

OPEN CALL for participants
Intensive workshop on the praxis of Performance art
By VestAndPage
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 Atmosphere, Inter-activity.
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.
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 performances.

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.

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
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.

For INFORMATION please contact
Email: info@veniceperformanceart.org
Phone: (+39) 349 - 62 80 826
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