Exploring the limits and boundaries for both an onthology of performance and the conceptualization of its disciplinary field, in aesthetics and social sciences, we aim to interrogate the contemporary place for performance. No man’s land? Performance as a fuzzy concept that flees to definitive focus, transdiciplinary difuse and cross-territorial, resembles today as a controversial reflexive and polyssemic object, and as a prolix generator of metaphors for the human experience. Usually not translated and cross-disciplinary, at the same time, performance incorporates and naturalizes an epidermic relationship with the so called bankruptcy of the great contemporary narratives.
After an entire century of confrontations and against-speeches, the performance emerges in the 21th century art world as a powerful vocabulary and a rhizome device for hibridism, virtuality, mediation and reflexivity of the human life, namelly by the cybernetic and digital potential of its most recent experiences. In social sciences, performance first was considerated as a “subordinated knowledge”, in Foucault’s terms, and then became an active body of meanings, out of books, deceiving or submitting to the inscripitive strategies that tried to turn it readable and therefore a legitimate scientific knowledge; however, performance emerges at present time as a knowledge shaped in the contemporary materiality, a blurred genre, liquid, global, that crosses borders and reinforces languages obliquely in several domains.
In this conference we try to rescue performance studies from its volunteer (or forced) conceptual exile provide by their several specialists and practitioners. Therefore, we intend to evaluate the senses of such (self)deportation but also to estimate its triumphal return underlined by a currently re-performative trend. Finally, we aim to explore the contemporary mise-en-scène that defines and builds up the borders between art and science, in which performance seems exactly to be consolidate as a no man’s land in a permanent state of redefinition.
P1 Corpos performativos e ritual / performatives bodies and ritual
P2 Narrativas e Performances / narratives and performances
P3 Performances políticas e espaço público / political & public space performances
P4 Performances digitais, arquivo e vivência / digital performances, archive and liveness
André Lepecki (Tisch School of the Arts, New York University)
Associate Professor, Dept. of Performance Studies
André Lepecki (Brazil, 1965) André Lepecki is Associate Professor at the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. Doctoral degree from NYU. Author of Exhausting Dance: performance and politics of movement (Routledge 2006), currently translated into 6 languages including Spanish, German, Slovenian and Turkish. Editor of Of the Presence of the Body (Wesleyan 2004), The Senses in Performance (with Sally Banes, Routledge 2007), and Planes of Composition: Dance Theory and the Global (with Jenn Joy, Seagull Press 2010). His writing has also appeared in Performance Research, The Drama Review, Art Forum, Nouvelles de Danse, among other publications in Europe, Brazil, and the Middle East. He was the curator of the festival Nomadic New York for Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2007). He was the chief-curator of the 2008 and 2009 editions of the performing arts festival IN TRANSIT also at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. His co-curatorial and directorial work in re-doing Allan Kaprow’s 18 Happenings in 6 Parts (commissioned by Haus der Künst, Munich) received the International Art Critics Association Award for “Best Performance” (2008). In 2010 he co-curated with Stephanie Rosenthal the Archive on Dance and Visual Arts since the 1960s for the exhibition Move: choreographing you, for the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Center, London. In 2009 he was Resident Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies on the Interweaving of Performance Cultures, Freie Universität, Berlin. Other grants and fellowships include Junior Researcher of INIC — Center for Social Studies at UNL-FCSH; Grant for Doctoral Studies Abroad from the Gulbenkian and Luso-American Foundations; Research Group Grant from the Rockefeller Foundation Research Center at Bellagio. Selected talks and key-note lectures include: Brown University; the Gauss Seminars at Princeton University; Centre National de la Danse, Paris; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Haus der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin; MoMA; Centro Itaú Cultural, São Paulo; University of Ghent; Roehampton University; Tate Modern; Freie Universität, Berlin; Universidade de Lisboa, among many other academic and cultural venues. Lepecki is currently working on a book on dance and sculpture.
Diana Taylor (Tisch School of Arts, New York University)
University Professor, Performance Studies and Spanish
Founding Director, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
Diana Taylor is University Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at NYU. She is founding Director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. She is the author of Theatre of Crisis: Drama and Politics in Latin America (1991), Drama, of Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ (1997), and The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas (2003) among others, and editor of five volumes of critical essays on Latin American, Latino, and Spanish playwrights. Her articles on Latin American and Latino performance have appeared in The Drama Review, Theatre Journal, Performing Arts Journal, Latin American Theatre Review, Estreno, Gestos, Signs, MLQ and other scholarly journals.
Massimo Canevacci (Sapienza de Roma e UFSC – Florianópolis, Brazil)
Until 2010 he was Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Art and Digital Culture at Facoltà di Scienze della in Comunicazione – La Sapienza di Roma. Since 1984 he has taught and lectured at major Brazilian universities and is currently a Visiting Professor at UFSC. His research has developed around the following issues: visual communication and digital cultures, anthropology, art and performative body, urban anthropology and ethnography of indigenous (Xavante and Bororo).
In 1995 he was appointed a member of the National Order of the Southern Cross by the President of the Federative Republic of Brazil. Some of his publications (all translated in Brazil) are: Visual Communication, (2009), Visual Fetishisms (2008), Syncretisms. An exploration of cultural hybridization (1996), The polyphonic city. Essay on the anthropology of urban communication (1997).
Performances: Sandmann. Body, metropole and visual fetishes, Sao Paulo, Tokyo; Spoleto, Insieme Sheila Ribeiro, 2008; Corpoforato, montage of “La colonia penale” F. Kafka and un Rituale Xavante, 2001, Rome; Opera Malinowski, Rome, 1999.
Victoria Peréz Royo (Europa Universität Viadrina en Frankfurt/Oder, Germany)
Lecturer in Aesthetics and Arts Theory and Performing Arts researcher. Invited Professor at the Master in Choreography and Grado in Danza at Palucca Schule (Dresden) and at the Master in Prácticas Escenicas and Visual Culture at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares. Postdoctoral Fellow at Interart (2009) and doctoral scholarship (2005-2007) granted by the Caixa and the DAAD in the Institute of Theatre Sciences of the Freie Universitat de Berlín. Developed research stage (2000-2002) at the Institute of Science Theater of Universitat Johann Wolfgang Goethe de Frankfurt.
Ph.D. in Philosophy, Aesthetics and Arts Theory at the University of Salamanca with the thesis “Danza y tecnología. Models interacción” (2007). Master in Philosophy, Aesthetics and Arts Theory at the University of Salamanca with the work “La obra abierta en las artes plásticas y el videoarte”. BA in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona (1999). Researcher at ARTEA, where she currently coordinates the projects “Informe de investigación en Artes Escenicas” and “ Scénic Migrations”. Design and organization of the symposium “Architektur und Tanz / Tanz im Kontext” (Dance and architecture, dance in context) in Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum of Contemporary Art in Berlin, September 2007 (with María Buendía). Author of the book ¡A bailar a la calle! Danza contemporary, espacio y public architecture (2008).
#1 Regina Polo Muller (UNICAMP, Campinas, Brasil)
Professor at Instituto de Artes, UNICAMP (Campinas, Brazil). She graduate at University of S.Paulo (USP)in Social Sciences, a MA in Social Anthropology at UNICAMP, PhD in Anthropology at USP, and a post-doctoral at New York University-Department of Perfomance Studies at Tisch School of the New York University. She was actress in the famous S. Paulo’s performance group – Dzi Croquettes – since 1973 till 1976. She had a recognised work on performance, video, curatorship and exhibitions. Her major work subject are the Assuríni Brazilian Indians rituals and performances.
#2 Nao Bustamante
Nao Bustamante is an internationally known performance and video artist originating from the San Joaquin Valley of California. Her work encompasses performance art, sculpture, installation and video. Bustamante has presented in Galleries, Museums, Universities and underground sites all around the world. She has exhibited, among other locales, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the New York Museum of Modern Arts, Sundance 2008, 2010, and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki. Her movies have been shown at Outfest in Los Angeles and Mix in New York City among other festivals. Bustamante has been published by the Theatre Communications Group in the book, Out of the Fringe, as well as the Theatre Drama Review, published by the MIT Press. In 2000 she received the GLBT Historical Society Arts Award. In 2001 she received the prestigious Anonymous Was a Woman fellowship and in 2007 named a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, as well as a Lambent Fellow. Currently, Bustamante holds the position of Associate Professor of New Media and Live Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
#3 Dani Lima
(Faculdade de Dança UniverCidade/RJ) e Paoleb (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), PPGCOM, Rio de Janeiro, RJ – Brasil)
Dani Lima is a multidisciplanry artist with special skills ranging from balett technics, contemporary dance, contact-improvisation, circus arts, or theatre and performance. Founding member of Intrépida Trupe (circus and performance group). Graduate in Jornalism (1998), she is since 2001 professor in the Faculty of Dance and in the Post-graduation in Advanced Studies on Contemporay Dance at the UniverCidade/RJ. She is MA on Theatre Studies at Uni-Rio (2005). She is the author of the book Corpo, política e discurso na dança de Lia Rodrigues (2007).
Paola Barreto is a visual artist, researcher and professor. Graduate on Film Studies at Universidade Federal Fluminense (Rio de Janeiro), MA on Technology and Aesthethics at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. She is the recipient of numerous awards in Brasil, Germany and Argentina, and her films were exibhited on several festivals around the world – Japan, Spain, Canada and Holand. Recentlly, she’s being researching on body and image interactions, and colaborating with several artists, namely Enrique Diaz, Cristina Moura and Christiane Jatahy, among others. She is Professor on Multimidia on NAVE – Advanced Group on Education, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
#4 Francesca Fini
Digital artist, filmmaker and live art performer, living and working in Rome, Italy.
Francesca Finni studied as a digital artist and worked as a filmmaker for independent high quality tv productions in Italy. After a long period in Los Angeles, at twenty-three, she decided to come back to Italy and write the novel, “Thus Spoke Mickey Mouse”, published by Ediesse. The novel, which obviously recounts the adventures of an Italian girl in Los Angeles, was immediately included by the critics in the “pulp generation” cultural movement. She worked several years in cinema and Tv. Since 2003 she is collaborating with New York artist Kristin Jones at “Tevereterno” project, creating installations in the City of Rome. She also partecipated along with Kristin and Kiki Smith, to the “River to River” Festival in New York. In 2010 she won Magmart Videoart Festival (Video Under Volcano) with the videoperformance CRY ME. She recently partecipated with videos and performance art in several events: Exhibition of contemporary Art “Il Narciso”, along with Giovanni Albanese and others; MOVES10 (Movement on-screen) UK; CURRENTS2010, showcase of videoart, USA; LOWLIVES2, happening of performance art in streaming on the Net, promoted by various venues in USA such as the Museum El Barrio NY; “Aperitivo d’Arte” personal Art Exhibition, curated by Umberto Scrocca & Achille Bonito Oliva; “Festa dell’Architettura di Roma”, new media Art happening at the “performing media lounge” by Carlo Infante (Pelanda, Macro Future); New Media Art Festival e CologneOFF, Germany; Crosstalk Video Art Festivaly; ART SHAKE Fest, Exhibition at the contemporary Art galleries Mondo Bizzarro & Hybrida Contemporanea, Rome; “Substance”, Exhibition curated by Art historian Lorenzo Canova; “Videoholica 2010” Videoart Festival, Varna, Bulgaria. She is presently working on an opera called “Western Meat Market”, made of different performance pieces which blend together body-art and interaction design. She loves performance and body art connected to interaction design and live media, so she decided to run a festival in Rome,TEN, which is the only performance art festival of this kind in Italy.
Since studying Fine Art / Visual Performance at Dartington College of Art, Bean has travelled extensively. She has commited extended periods of time to journey and exchange in order to egage in international networks and has presented performance action Nationally and Internationally. Currently based in London, she is a founder of ]performancespace[ – an artist led non-profit organisation that seeks to provide, studio and event space specifically for performance art.
Bean’s practice is rooted in performance action and the borders of art/life, movement/stillness, in/outside; making marks in time through sound, text, drawing, cutting and moving. She articulates her works concerns as “bad science and humble thoughts, crude, ugly and beautiful. Desiring territory, unrequinted (dis)placement, challenged boundaries. Testing and tying body and mind through duration. Connecting connections.”
#6 Andrea Inocêncio
Transdisciplinary and multidisciplinary artist develops works ranging from the fine arts, photography, theatrical production (costumes and set design), graphic arts and performance. Born in Coimbra in 1977. In 2000 completed a degree in Painting by ARCA / EUAC, Coimbra. In 2001 he attended the first course of Scenography and Architecture of the Performing Arts by the Escuela Superior de Artes del Espectáculo TAI, Madrid, and in 2002 completed the postgraduate studies in BD and Illustration, IADE, Lisbon. Attended a course in Photography at the Center of Photographic Studies. She was professor of Visual Education in a Secondary School in Angra do Heroismo (Azores) and currently teaches at the School of Education of Coimbra, and is resident artist at Galeria Pedro Serrenho in Lisbon. She has been honored with several awards, including the first prize Painting Acquisition “Andy Warhol“, Faculty Fine Arts, University of Porto and the distinction of “Createur d’aujourd’hui” by the Fédération Nationale de la Culture Française. Worked with Guillermo Gomez–Peña and Roberto Sifuentes, at the Festval Escrita na Paisagem (Évora).
#7 Ida-Elisabeth Larsen
Idaperforms (with Kir Qvortrup and Gry Raaby)
Ida-Elisabeth Larsen is based in Copenhagen. She achieved her accredited graduation in contemporary dance from SEAD in 2007. Dancer for London based choreographer Jelka Milic, and have with her toured the pieces Folding (‘07) and Jasmin Pathologies (‘08) all over Europe. Lately she collaborated with visual artist Jette Hye Jin Mortensen by choreographing and dancing in the art-video Miss Jin presents The Unwed Mothers. The video is produced by and for G.O.A.L. Art Festival, Krings Space, Seoul, South Korea. As a solo artist Ida-Elisabeth creates under the pseudonym IDAPERFORMS. At the moment she works on developing the piece Rebirth of the Critical (’10) in collaboration with Romanian film editors Vlad Basalici and Gabi Basalici. Here she explores the nature of the rebel and the critical voice. The piece is produced by ArtProcessors.
Ida-Elisabeth is also an assisting cultural consultant in the municipality of Roskilde. Here she has assisted the realization of the projects Byen som skærm (’08) and the LYSLYD project Roskilde Resonerer (’09-’10) -a cross-municipal, EU funded, festival organized by Copenhagen International Theater.
A long side her artistic practice she is an enrolled student at Roskilde University. Here she follows the courses Performance Design and Philosophy, exploring several aspects of approaching the body in both fields.
Kir is a contemporary performer & maker based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
She’s a dancer and a dance dessiminator by education. She attained a dance degree from Salzbourg Experimental Academy of Dance (s.e.a.d) in Austria and my dance partnership education from The National Danish School of Contemporary Dance in Denmark. From her base in Copenhagen she engage in international and diverse art projects. Her pratice and specialized interests lean towards devised and interdisciplinary projects fraught with random juxtaposition and digital media: “I visualize and express emotions and feelings, create an abstract physical language and explore reactions to surroundings, objects and other moving bodies. I re-articulate the apparent, point out the unnoticed, and affirm what is already known”.
Gry is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She achieved her accredited graduation in Contemporary Dance from CDSH – Contemporary Dance School, Hamburg, Germany and studied african dance at Agoro Ciltad and Folkloric Selamta in Ghana. In 2009 she finished the course “Dancers as Entrepreneurs” at the Danish National School of Theatre – continuing education. Since april 2009 Gry has contributed as a dancer in the Hamburg based dance company Sticky Trace Company. Amongst others Gry also worked with choreographers: Tomislav Jelicic (HR), Fiona Gordon (GB), Carlos Jaramillo (CO), Signe Koefoed (DK), Uta Engel (DE) and Edward Talton-Jackson (US). Gry has often collaborated with sound- and videoartists trying out different ways to interact across the genres. Some of the artists she’s been working with making installations and videos are the Berlin/Hamburg based artgroup Tapemosphere and Signe Koefoed. Latest she performed in the car-installation “Elena Ceausescus Wunderkammer” by Idaperforms. Besides her work as an active dancer she’s one of the founders of the art-collective RISK:RECLAIM:ENTERTAIN who’s arranging platforms for experimental stageart, and she has amongst others worked on dansens dage assisting akram khan company during their stay in copenhagen, and has been assisting artists like Mette Ingvartsen, Andrea Fagarazzi and Seimi Nørregaard as a part of Kitt Johnson x-act’s sitespecific festival Mellemrum.