In Contemporary Performance’s 3rd year, we’ve expanded our coverage with the introduction of Regional Editors. These Editors are a mix of artists, scholars and curators from around the world. If you would like to become a Regional Editor, please fill out the form at this link.
Postgraduate student specialising in art, aesthetics and cultural institutions.
Born in Milan (IT) in 80′s, a degree in Communication Studies, a past as videomaker and a present as contemporary dancer. I try to experiment a personal performing language that contemplates both a movement language and a research approach, that aspire to a “depth of field” idea of dance and choreography. And that’s also what I love to see as audience.
I live in Milan, near an ex-cinema and ex-ballroom called “Il bomba” (I made an étude about it).
Kira Dralle is currently a Masters candidate in the History and Theory of Contemporary Art program at the San Francisco Art Institute. Coming from a multidisciplinary background of music and literature, Kira’s interests have always formed around the concepts and issues that have linked mediums at their core. Her work as both a practitioner as well as a theorist have centered around issues and theories of the corporeal body, the construction and performance of identity, and the socio-political implications deeply ingrained in performance. Kira completed her undergraduate work in Studio Art at Bradley University in 2008. Post-graduation, she travelled to New York, working in conjunction with many artists at The Center for Photography at Woodstock. Since living in San Francisco, Kira has worked with many organizations such as the nief-norf Summer Festival in Greeville, South Carolina, exploring the medium of contemporary percussion performance, HaveMind Projects in Oakland, California, writing on the interconnected nature of visual and aural realms, Root Division in San Francisco as an art educator, and the San Francisco Art Institute working with Dr. Daniel Hackbarth, PhD. Kira was also a guest artist and speaker at Bradley University in 2011, providing conceptual critiques in discussion with Anastasia Samoylova. Post-graduation, Kira plans to continue her research within a doctoral program in Performance Studies and Feminist Theory.
I am a photographer from Lisbon, Portugal. My main interests are portraiture, fashion, and sports.
I have loved photography since I was a child. I’ve been taking pictures since then. With analog cameras at first, then digital compacts, and lately with a DSLR. Anyway, only in recent years did I realize that this passion could play a bigger role in my life. So I started investing in my education, bought new material and, with the help of a few friends, started doing some photo-shoots. http://www.pedromendes.com/
Raul Zbengheci is inspired by monolithic social housing left over after the Communist regime in Bucharest. These are buildings that speak louder than anyone who inhabits them, they are buildings that create visions and ghosts for anyone surrounded by them. For Collectif Experiencia, he uses these memories of monumental constructions to create stage spaces that serve as speaking skeletons, superficial and waiting to be filled by bodies and movements that will redefine the spaces themselves. When considering the stage, he uses light to redefine and reconstruct the space with the idea that a precise structure on the outside can allow for greater abstraction within the limits it has imposed. Zbengheci is also a photographer and writer. In photography, he uses the same ideas he expresses for the stage, composing spaces rather than capturing them. His first book, Tryin’ to Find Another Place, is in final revision. The project nicesentences aims to find a style of writing detached from context and minimal, visceral as well as aesthetic. He lives in New York where he is the Editor-in-Chief of Connectom, LEIMAY-CAVE’s online artist network and publication. He is also the co-founder of Collectif Experiencia.
I am the Master Conduit at Vita Vibrare, an arts in action consultancy. I make work that seeks to instigate political awareness, social change and cultural exchange. I like to do this in a way that is joyful, engaging and just plain fun.
Chris Mills teaches in the Drama Department at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts as well as in the Department of English. She also teaches at Playwrights Horizons Theater School. She has been published in Art Journal, Theater Journal, TDR, Frakcija, JAE: Journal of Architectural Education, Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, The Village Voice and in the books, Out of Time and Place: an anthology of plays from The Women’s Project Playwright’s Lab, and : Moments of Culture in Context.
Writer and curator based in Los Angeles. Founder of Another Righteous Transfer!, a blog dedicated to documenting LA’s performance art scene through reviews, previews, critical essays, photos, and interviews with artists.
Born in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky to a Scotch-Irish-Cherokee family, I spent the first 35 years of life pursuing the corporate path to happiness. Today, I am an transdisciplinary artist devoted to investigating the path of individual self-actualization both inside and outside conformist-based societal norms. Outsider positioning within the dominant cultural narratives, queer politics, neuro-architecture, pop-mythology and shamanism are major themes in my work. I am currently completing my MFA at University of Kentucky and collaborating on a new work of experimental theater with internationally acclaimed writer, performance artist and cultural icon of the New York Underground, Penny Arcade. http://www.theoedmonds.com
Carla Melo’s artistic research explores the encounter of popular/political and avant-garde traditions. Through physical theatre, devising and structured improvisation, her work seeks to push boundaries between performance, audiences and public sites. She was the co-founder and co-director of the former Corpus Delicti Butoh Performance Lab, a group of “movers” whose performative protest was highly visible in the streets, malls, cemeteries of Los Angeles, from 2003 to 2008. Melo’s performance work has been seen in venues such as Highways Performance Space, REDCAT and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her book in progress, Squatting Dystopia: Performing [Dis]placement in Contemporary Brazil, explores the intersections of environmental and site-specific theatre, visual culture and issues of socio-spatial justice. Her writings have been published in The Drama Review, Latin American Theatre Review, Theatre Journal, Latin American Cultural Studies and e-misferica, among others.
Opie Boero Imwinkelried’s work explores language and technology with a focus on the ancient Roman and Greek worlds in connection with contemporary society.
Imwinkelried organizes Dimanche Rouge, an experimental performance art event taking place monthly in Paris, France. www.dimancherouge.org
Aktina Stathaki graduated with honors from the National Theater of Greece where she worked with some of the country’s most respected directors (Livathinos, Koniordou, Milivojevic). She holds a PhD in theater studies from the University of Toronto with a focus on contemporary South African theater. After moving to New York in 2010, she founded Between the Seas, the first festival in North America on contemporary performance from the Mediterranean. aktinastathaki.com | betweentheseasfestival.org
Rebecca Camilleri (b.1986) is a movement artist and teacher, performer and research writer currently based in Malta. Initially studying psychology at University in Malta, Camilleri decided to move to UK,where she set herself up to pursue a more liberal form of education. Camilleri graduated from Dartington College of Arts in Choreography and Visual Arts Practices in 2010. During this period she also studied at Hochschule fur Schauspielkunst ‘Ernst Busch’, Berlin. In 2011, Camilleri was awarded a place on the 5 week residency danceWEB Scholarship Programme within the frame of ImPulsTanz –Vienna International Dance Festival. She is a performer and research writer within the multi-disciplinary artist collective rubberbodies, devising methodologies and approaches towards performance based art. Camilleri works as a visiting assistant lecturer in the Dance Studies department at the University of Malta and is a Region Editor of Contemporary Performance Network.
Art director of Danza Flux in Naples, Italy– organization and realization of residency projects, performing events and coreographer.
As assistant curator at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Emily Berçir Zimmerman has spearheaded commissions, curated exhibitions, and organized EMPAC’s film series and lecture series. Prior to joining EMPAC in 2008, Zimmerman performed various roles for adventurous nonprofit arts organizations in New York City and Philadelphia, including Location One, Creative Time, Eyebeam, InLiquid, and the Institute of Contemporary Art. She holds a BA from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Zimmerman was voted best emerging curator by Metroland in 2010, and was recently named a Loris Ledis Curatorial Fellow by BRIC Contemporary Arts. Her projects and writings can be found at museumofmonday.com
She has a First Degree in Language and Literature and a Master’s Degree in Theatre Theory and Criticism. She has worked at the Sala Beckett, the Sitges Teatre Internacional Festival, the Sitges Film Festival and for several Catalan theatre and dance company. She has also worked as a book critic for Time Out Barcelona. She is currently Head of Publications at the Teatre Lliure in Barcelona.
Based in Montreal, Quebec and director of surprise performance, a small, independent performance company that has produced work in Toronto, Montreal, and Cardiff, Wales. Works with other contemporary companies such as Small Wooden Shoe, Public Recordings and secret theatre. Has worked in Paris, Italy, Cardiff, NYC, Atlanta, Calgary, Vancouver, Halifax and many other cities.
My work explores the potentials of privately sited performance that takes places within the public sphere. I am interested in the use of site as a medium for creating work and the notion of creating work which is a result of an examination of urban ‘texts’.
Fluxus Artist, Medievalist, Medieval juggler, Oriental percussionist, Composer and Producer. Specialized in interpretation of Medieval music according to authentic manuscripts and philosophy. In this music he found his inspiration. In a new founded Theater “Freak Out”, as a director and author his main concept of research is the aesthetic of theater, poetry and music, here added, also, contemporary instruments and media.
Esther Neff is from Indiana, USA. She organizes/cognizes, writes, performs, and makes. www.panoplylab.org/estherneff.html
Two actors, while shooting a movie, had to start a new scene after had supposedly ran a long distance.
One of the actors went running before shooting the scene to feel tired.
When he came back, sweaty, breathless, ready, the other actor asked: “Why don’t you just pretend?”
For me, theatre is about pretending but, at the same time, experience becomes the best performance.
Internationally unknown artist and post-Campbellite Emily Sloan is the founding reverend of the controversial Southern Naptist Convention and chief caretaker and curator of The Kenmore exhibition object. Sloan is based out of Houston, Texas where her practice includes education, performance, public art projects and object making.
Jake Witlen is a multimedia artist who splits his time between Brooklyn and Berlin. As a founding member of The Internationalists, he has produced and directed work around the world, including live interactive multimedia pieces that happen simultaneously in locations around the globe.
Lucio Agra – Born in Recife, Brazil, grew up in Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro, nowadays settled in São Paulo. PhD in Communication and Semiotics at Catholic University of Sao Paulo, where even today he works as Professor at Commuication and Arts of the Body, Dept of Body Languages. As a performer, he developed research on the work of Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948), presenting his “Ursonate” in 2000, 01, 02, 03, 07 and 08. Developed in parallel, a mix of performance, sound poetry and free improvisation with musical groups (de)mo(li)tion (Paris, Montevideo and Sao Paulo, 2007/08) and Orchestra Descarrego. Author of Selva Bamba (poems, 1994), Historia da Arte do seculo 20 – Ideias e Movimentos (essay, 2006) and Monstrutivismo – reta e curva das vanguardas (essay, 2010). Prepares a new book on contemporary performance. As a poet, published several texts in many digital magazines. His work was presented in Epoetry 2011, together wiht his part in the international music band Group uSurp.
Sohail Khan is based in Huddersfield WEST YORKSHIRE and has been working in performance and related fields since 1984.
He studied at Dartington College of Arts where he obtained a degree in theatre. He also studied at the High School of the arts in Utrecht where he attended the International class and then went on to study at the institute of Cinematography in Moscow (VGIK) . It was there that he collaborated with Willam Pease in his first piece of live art which was a response to the 93 attempted coup that was taking place in Moscow at the time. Themes that he explores are the processes around notions of what, how and to whom culture(s) are as stories and products. His work relates to how we interpret these stories in our imaginative landscape and the ways we attempt to make a relationship with this to other peoples environments and language.
Art critic student from the National University in Mexico City.
At the present time working in a project to conceptualize contemporary art work. Writter and notionalist.
Graduate by research modality with the publication “ENUNCIADO”, analysis of contemporary art collections and structures to conceptualize art work ( registered UNAM Academia de San Carlos )
Katerina Kokkinos-Kennedy is the founder & artistic director of triage. Her work embraces live art, classical text, video and installation work. Between 2009-2012 she completed a three-year project titled, The Stranger Series. She is currently developing a large-scale works with producers, venues and public institutions in Berlin. In 2012 Katerina’s projects have included the Winter Schlafen and istanbul sommer teegarten, Her Name was Lola, take to your bed! and the world premiere of An Appointment with J Dark for Arts House.
Art Historian and Artist:
Master of Arts in Art History and Museology (graduated 2010)
College of Arts Crafts and Design (graduated 2002)
Theory: Performative, conceptual and digital art; performance and body art. Modern and contemporary dance.
Practice: Performative art, staged photography and video art; conceptual art.
Christian Margol is a contemporary dancer, actor and performance artist currently based in Vienna (Austria).
Studies: Theater science in Vienna, Cologne. Dramaturg at the Schauspiel Bonn, working with David Mouchtar Samorai, Hans Hollmann, Jossi Wieler, Odin Teatret, Living Theater, J. Grotowski,Teatr Nowy, T1 – Thorsten Lensing. Artistic director – companies: Teatro 4Garoupas, Sao Paulo – Cologne, Ensemble Öffentliche Leben, Berlin
Jerry Dannemiller works at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. He’s a recent graduate of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University and recently was curator of “Bebe Miller: Tracing History” an exhibition focused on the life and work of dancer/choreographer, Bebe Miller. In addition, he has programmed and presented music events (experimental/noise/indie) over the last decade and was a music critic for NPR, the Village Voice, Salon.com, and many alternative weeklies.
After four years training in Suzuki method at The University of Washington, Amy began performing professionally in San Francisco and eventually co-founded El Gato Theatre Company. Amy wrote and was awarded a Zellerbach Family Foundation grant in 2007 for El Gato’s original work, “The Rogue El Gato.” In 2010, Amy received her Master of Fine Art degree in Acting at University of California, Davis where she created the original solo piece, “Music While Drowning,” adapting German Expressionist Performance methodology to the contemporary performer’s body. Later that year, she trained intensively with Anne Bogart and SITI Company in Saratoga Springs, New York. Currently, she lives in Berlin with her husband and son researching her Doctoral degree examining the spiritual and energetic relationship between performer, ensemble, and audience and how this has evolved since German Expressionist “Geist” performance. You can read about her life at connieandvi.blogspot.com and her research at amycolefarrell.com
John Freeman is Associate Professor in Performance Studies at Curtin University Western Australia and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; formerly Reader in Theatre & Deputy Head in the School of Arts at Brunel University West London. Author of over 80 published articles and chapters alongside his own books ‘Tracing the Footprints’, ‘New Performance/New Writing’, ‘Blood, Sweat & Theory: Research in Practice through Performance’, ‘The Greatest Shows on Earth: World Theatre from Peter Brook to the Sydney Olympics’ and ‘Remaking Memory: Autoethnography, Memoir & the Ethics of Self’.
Stephanie Rae Berzon is a writer and photographer of the contemporary art world in New York City with roots in fashion, sound design and performance art. Her inspiration derives from experimental noise, architectural angles and fluidity in space. She writes for Conectom, Leimay-Cave’s online performance artist network and publication.
Eames Armstrong is an interdisciplinary artist and curator. She is the founder and director of the free-form project-based arts initiative Aether Art Projects which emphasizes experimentation, performance, and collaboration through exhibitions, events, and DCperformanceart.tumblr, the only active blog dedicated to performance art in DC. Armstrong is the performance coordinator at Hillyer Art Space, where she programs Soapbox, a monthly performance art series. Eames received her BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2010 where she studied studio art, with emphasis on painting, writing, and performance. She currently lives in DC and works out of the 52 O Street Artist Studios.