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Featured: Ricci Forte (Rome, Italy) NSFW

Ricci Forte was formed at Silvio D’Amico’s Accademia Nazionale D’Arte Drammatica/Rome and at New York University, they studied writing with Edward Albee. They won drama awards such as: Premio Studio 12, Oddone Cappellino, Vallecorsi, Fondi-La Pastora and Hystrio. They represented Eliseo Theatre/Rome at the first edition of ExtraCandoni Festival. “troia’s discount” was shown in 2006. The first stage of the project “wunderkammer soap #1_#2” was launched at the Festival Quartieri dell’Arte 06. They were invited by the French Embassy for Face à Face with Olivier Py. In June 07, “mare in catene” was produced by Biennale Danza/Venezia, in partnership with La Scala/Milano. They are part of the Osservatorio Critico for Scenario Awar...

Featured: Rabih Mroué (Beirut, Lebanon)

Rabih Mroué (lives and works in Beirut) is an actor, director, and playwright and is the winner of the 2010 Spalding Gray Award. In 1990 he began putting on his own plays, performances, and videos. Continuously searching for new and contemporary relations among all the different elements and languages of the theatre art forms, Mroué questions the definitions of theatre and the relationship between space and form of the performance and, consequently, questions how the performer relates with the audience. His works deal with the issues that have been swept under the table in the current political climate of Lebanon. He draws much-needed attention to the broader political and economic contexts by means of a semi-documentary theatre. From theatre practice to politics, and from the problem of r...

Featured: Russell Higgs – 999 Days

A CULTURE’S POWER STRUCTURE DEPENDS LARGELY ON HOW WE LOOK AND HOW WE ARE LOOKED AT. Between 17th July 2006 and 29th May 2009, working with mask and sculpture, Russell Higgs created a photo of himself every day. In this project he made a commitment to abide by a series of (arbitrary) boundaries and rules, eg: each portrait must be taken between midnight of each day, they can never be shot days in advance nor in retrospect, and the default pose is as for ID cards, forward facing, and minimal expression. CITIZEN HIGGS CLOCKS IN, DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY. [nggallery id=68]

Featured: My Barbarian (Los Angeles, USA)

My Barbarian is a Los Angeles-based performance collective founded in 2000 by Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon and Alexandro Segade. The trio performs in site-specific plays, musical concerts, theatrical situations and produces video installations that play with the spectacular while engaging viewers critically. Their interdisciplinary projects explore and exhume cross-cultural mishaps and misadventures drawn from history, mythology, art and popular culture. My Barbarian has performed and exhibited widely in Los Angeles: LACMA, REDCAT, Hammer Museum, MOCA, LAXART, Schindler House, LACE; in New York: Whitney Museum, New Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, Participant, Inc., Joe’s Pub; and elsewhere at Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Aspen Art Museum; Contempora...

Featured: Nature Theater of Oklahoma (NYC)

Nature Theater of Oklahoma is a New York-based performance group under the direction of Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper. The ensemble strives to create an unsettling live situation that demands total presence from everyone in the room. Using readymade materials, found space, overheard speech, and observed gesture, and through extreme formal manipulation and superhuman effort, they seek to effect a shift in the perception of everyday reality that extends beyond the site of performance and into the world in which we live. (-TBA 07) Works: Poetics: A Ballet Brut Poetics: a ballet brut is do-it-yourself theatre at its most mischievous. This wryly-constructed, genre-bending performance uses an ever-increasing catalogue of common gestures that make up our every-day lives, like brushing back someone...

Featured: Massimo Furlan (Genève, Switzerland)

Massimo Furlan Born from Italian parents in Lausanne on October 8th, 1965, Massimo Furlan, after having followed training at the Beaux-Arts School of Lausanne (1984-1988), initiates an operating cycle centred on the themes of the memory and the forgetting. He exposes regularly since 1987. He’s interested in scenic representation and collaborates with several dance and theatre companies. In 2003 he establishes Numero 23 Prod, pointing out performance and installation. Thence will arise projects such as “Furlan/ Numero 23”, “International Airport”, “(Love story) Superman”, “Palo Alto”, “Numéro 10” and “Les filles et les garcons”. The method The main thread of Massimo Furlan’s projects is biography. A simple and banal story, the story of a kid born from Italian parents in Switzerland, the sto...

Featured: Performancelogía blog and website (Caracas, Venezuela)

Performancelogía is a project dedicated to Compilation, Publication, Dissemination and Interchange of Documentation about Performance Art and Performance Artists. Since 2006, we create this space as a Virtual Archive of Documentation with all kinds of documentation about Performance Art, understanding documentation both the photographic and video registries of performances, then an essays, theoretical texts, reviews of events and anecdotes about this discipline. Simultaneously of compile, publish and disseminate documentation of performance art, we maintain our activity in the open call of continuing collaborations by e-mail and postal sends. PERFORMANCELOGÍA is a project highly collaborative and participatory. The updating of this archive is continuous and permanent. We invite all perform...

Featured: Scott Heron (New Orleans, LA)

Scott Heron discovered the joy of dancing while studying liberal arts at Colorado College. A move to Austin, Texas led to an accidental meeting with radical dance pioneer Deborah Hay. He participated in four of her large group workshops and has continued a long relationship with her, occasionally touring as a guest of the Deborah Hay Dance Company and interpreting her works from written texts. He is featured in her books “Lamb at the Altar” and “My Body the Buddhist.” In the mid ‘80s he performed with her company in New York City and then stayed there to pursue a career in dance. Bypassing any formal studies, he quickly fell in with the East Village scene where he danced and performed continually with a group of experimentalists and improvisers centered around Movement Research and Perform...

Featured: Performance Studies – A Selection of Recent Performative Work Developed at The Watermill Center (NYC)

Performance Studies A Selection of Recent Performative Work Developed at The Watermill Center December 10, 2009 – February 15, 2010 Watermill Brooklyn Gallery / Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation 111 Front Street, #216 Brooklyn, NY Curated by Dmitry Komis Works by: Maria José Arjona (Colombia) C. Ryder Cooley (USA) Robin Deacon (UK) GIRLMACHINE – Carlos Soto & Charles Chemin / Christian Wassmann / Luisa Gui (USA, France, Switzerland, Italy) H.E.R.D. Group (Ireland, South Korea) Implied Violence (USA) Klingon Terran Research Ensemble (Holland) Katharina D. Martin (Germany, Holland) Katherina Radeva (Bulgaria) Joshua Seidner (USA) Steven Vega (USA) The Watermill Brooklyn Gallery is pleased to announce a group exhibition of performance work developed at the Watermill Center dur...

Featured: American Realness Festival (NYC)

AMERICAN REALNESS A Festival of Contemporary Performance January 8-11, 2010 At a time when international perspectives of American dance hang onto Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown, and too many American performing arts presenters are afraid of dance that traverses the heritage of lights and tights, AMERICAN REALNESS commands attention to the proliferation of choreographic practices transcending the traditions and expanding the definition of American dance and performance. REALNESS: A slang term born from the LGBT community defined by the ability of a drag queen, transgender or other LGBT person to look like or pass as the opposite gender. AMERICAN REALNESS: An expansion of REALNESS beyond gender roles into style, ways of life and art making. AMERICAN REALNESS presents and highlights the wo...

Featured: Gob Squad (Berlin & Nottingham)

[singlepic id=258 w=590  float=center] Gob Squad is a group of UK and German artists, working collectively with performance, theatre, installation and video since 1994. Based in Nottingham and Berlin the group makes and presents its work in urban sites such as offices, houses, shops, railway stations and hotels as well as in galleries and theatres. Using the language of film, TV and pop music to explore the complexities and absurdities of life today, Gob Squad’s work is a search for beauty, meaning and humanity amongst the glittering facades and dark corners of contemporary culture. Gob Squad often place home-made magic and spectacle next to the banality of everyday life, setting theatre and the “real world” on a collision course and capturing the results on video. Sometimes improvised, so...

Featured: Blast Theory (Brighton, England)

Blast Theory is renowned internationally as one of the most adventurous artists’ groups using interactive media, creating groundbreaking new forms of performance and interactive art that mixes audiences across the internet, live performance and digital broadcasting. Led by Matt Adams, Ju Row Farr and Nick Tandavanitj, the group’s work explores interactivity and the social and political aspects of technology. It confronts a media saturated world in which popular culture rules, using performance, installation, video, mobile and online technologies to ask questions about the ideologies present in the information that envelops us. Their approach: The group makes collaborative, interdisciplinary work that is highly innovative in its process and execution. To maintain this practice require...