Interview

Interview: Liisa Pentti and Full Moon Dance Festival

Finnish dancer Liisa Pentti discusses some aspects of contemporary dance, her own work as a dancer and choreographer, as well as her recent position as the artistic director of Full Moon Dance Festival on 21-25th, 07, 2013 (www.fullmoondance.fi). Liisa Pentti is one of the key visionaries of the Finnish dance scene. She has worked as a dancer, choreographer and teacher in Finland and abroad since 1986. Website: www.liisapentti.com Opie Boero Imwinkelried: You are the artistic director of Full Moon Dance Festival on 21-25th, 07, 2013. Could you tell us about the festival? Liisa Pentti: The festival is the oldest contemporary dance festival which happens in the small, remote mining town of Pyhäsalmi in the middle of Finland. It started as a summer camp for Finnish dancers and was run by chor...

Agnes Nedregard and Tomasz Szrama Performing in France

Artists Agnes Nedregard and Tomasz Szrama are two of the artists to be performing at the event “La désinvolture de nos gangsters” in the Parisian suburbs on June 7-9, 2013 (see interview with co-curator Arianne Foks on CPN.). In these interviews, Agnes Nedregard and Tomasz Szrama discuss their performances at “La désinvolture de nos gangsters” and other aspects of performance art.  Agnes Nedregard will be performing on June 8th and Tomasz Szrama on June 9th. Tomasz Szrama, independent artist from Finland, has chosen performance art as the best language to express himself. Opie Boero Imwinkelried: What is LA DESINVOLTURE DE NOS GANGSTERS? Tomasz Szrama: I don’t know. It seems google translates it clumsily. OI: Could you please present your own work, career or background? TS: I prefer ...

Interview: Performing Barthes, an interview with Arianne Foks (Paris)

On June 7-9, 2013, Arianne Foks and Laurent Quénéhen will present a program of performances, videos and installations at Les Salaisons in Romainville (Paris suburbs). Inspired by Roland Barthes, “La désinvolture de nos gangsters” will question “Who are our gangsters?  Our politicians, our lovers, our enemies, our philosophers, our experts in genetics, or our golden researchers?” In the interview below, curator Arianne Foks discusses the content of the event and some of her views about performance art. Coming up next, an interview with Norwegian artist Agnes Nedregard, who will be performing at “La désinvolture de nos gangsters.” Arianne Foks is a multidisciplinary artist, based in Paris. Her work investigates identity and displacement, focusing on the question of desire and how desire prod...

Melanie Perrier about “Imminence”

Melanie Perrier briefly discusses her piece Imminence (www.cie2minimum.com). Perrier is the founder and co-director of the Research Institute Geste (Laboratoire du Geste http://www.laboratoiredugeste.com), an artist, choreographer, and professor at La Sorbonne. Could you briefly describe your piece Imminence? Imminence is a choreographic piece for two dancers surrounded by a third one. The main idea is imminence: what is about to occur and what could occur. Imminence is revealed in the piece as the possibility of touching, in order to evoke differently and bodily the desire and its emergence. Imminence is almost there, not really something that escapes but rather a movement that never finishes. It’s a dialogue of a pre-contact, the borders and the surroundings of a physical approach, an ep...

Interview: JACKIE by Elfriede Jelinek (NYC)

    It is rare that NYC audiences get a chance to experience the intricate, idiosyncratic writing of Austrian Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek – best known from M. Haneke’s film The Piano Teacher. This March the Women’s Project Theater is bringing the North American premiere of Jelinek’s JACKIE,  “an intensely theatrical dissection of Jackie Kennedy Onassis and the myths surrounding her well-coiffed veneer”. Translated by Gitta Honegger, directed by Tea Alagic and starring Tina Benko, the play starts previews on February 24th and opens on March 5th until the 31st at City Center Stage II. Below is an excerpt of an exclusive interview with Gitta Honegger  (who will also be appearing in panels at CUNY and ACF to discuss the translation and staging ...

Interview: Anya Liftig (Roots in Kentucky USA) NSFW

Kentucky is known for a lot of things, but, let’s face it, contemporary art isn’t really one of them.  That is rapidly changing.  I will introduce you to artists with Kentucky roots who are dedicated to performance and are helping to shape the dialogue far beyond the borders of the Bluegrass state. Meet Anya Liftig (say hey y’all).   Anya’s work has been featured at TATE Modern, Highways Performance Space, Exit Art, [performance space] london, Performmer Stammtisch Berlin, Dimanche Rouge Paris, Roves and Roams and OVADA Oxford UK, Chashama, Month of Performance Art Berlin, Eyedrum, Grace Exhibition Space, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Galapagos, The Flea, Performance Art Institute–San Francisco, Chez Bushwick, Socrates Sculpture Park, Yale University, Center for Performance ...

Interview: Cathy Blisson about Sometimes I Think I Can See You (France)

Artist Mariano Pensotti has recently presented his performance Sometimes I Think I Can See You in the Parisian suburbs. Pensotti’s performance is presented in France after having toured several countries. In collaboration with local authors, Pensotti has the writers describe the passengers at train or subway stations and imagine their thoughts or invent possible lives for them as they try to identify each other in the stories displayed in giant screens. In France, Cathy Blisson, Arnaud Cathrine, Vincent Delerm, Loo Hui Phang et Jeanne Truong executed the performance at the train station Val-d’Europe, on December 27-8, 2012 for Dépayz’arts festival. I’ve asked author Cathy Blisson a few questions about her experience as a performer. How did it feel to leave the intimacy and safe...

Interview: Lina Abiad (Beirut, Lebanon)

A couple of weeks ago, acclaimed Lebanese director Lina Abiad was in New York City to present her new work I.D. as part of Between the Seas Festival of Mediterranean Performing Arts. Written by Amahl Khouri, I.D. is a one-woman show dealing with the questions and realities of transgendered people in Lebanon. Poetic, hillarious, political and very human, the play is still a work in progress for the two artists who were excited to have it premiere in New York. A few days before their arrival, I had the opportunity to have an interview with them over email which brings out really interesting information about the show itself and the theater scene in Lebanon. Tell me about the new work, I.D.: what was the inspiration for the piece and what is your creative process in developing it? For me, ID ...

Interview: Thom Kubli (Germany)

This past February, artist Thom Kubli staged his installation and performance piece, Record Attempt, at MARCO (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Vigo) as part of the exhibition Presencia active (curated by Sergio Edelsztein and Kathleen Forde) and his second attempt to set the world record for the longest guitar solo. Record Attempt provides a platform for individuals to attempt the world’s longest guitar solo through a set of regulations, a notary, as well as an amplifier, speakers, microphone, and a camera for streaming the performance. Kubli set the record in 2008 at the Figge von Rosen Galerie in Cologne, Germany, with a performance that lasted for 6 hours and 18 seconds. The record is currently set at 15 hours, 15 minutes, and 15 seconds by Cristian Fernández Graña. Record Attempt will o...