Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight: Compagnia Danza Flux (Napoli, Italy)

Every two weeks, members of the network vote for one of the top 10 most active CPnetwork artists to be featured on the home page and interviewed for the blog. Contemporary Performance Network would like to introduce you to our most recent Spotlight Member, c.ia Danza Flux (Napoli, Italy) c.ia Danza Flux  is a contemporary dance company founded in Naples in 2006 by Fabrizio Varriale and Chiara Alborino. The company developed during the years a work based on movement research and put together the experience of physicality with a research of dramaturgical processes. Winner of the Anticorpi XL (Italy) in the years 2008, 2010, 2011, took part to Festival Ammutinamenti (Ravenna – Italy), in 2008 and the Festival Anticorpi Explo, Naples. (Italy) In 2009 they participated in the Festival Ins...

Member Spotlight: Andrija Sagic (Belgrade Serbia)

Every two weeks, members of the network vote for one of the top 10 most active CPnetwork artists to be featured on the home page and interviewed for the blog. The current bi-monthly’s vote ends June 22 and we would like to introduce you to our most recent leader, Andrija Sagic (Belgrade Serbia). Andrija Sagic is a Medieval musician and has participated in many festivals in Italy (San Gimignano, Florence, Ravenna, Gubbio, Gorizia) and many festivals in Serbia. His “Freak Out” Theater explores the point between Music, Poetry and Theater. He has also participated in “April’s Meeting” a festival of contemporary art in SKC (Belgrade, Serbia). He has played with “Ginger Ensemble” (Bern) in a concert of experimental and contemporary music. He specia...

Member Spotlight: Grace Exhibition Space/Jill McDermid-Hokanson/Erik Hokanson (Brooklyn, NYC)

Each week, members of the network vote for one of the top 10 most active CPnetwork artists to be featured on the home page and interviewed for the blog. We would like to introduce you to last weeks leader, Grace Exhibition Space/Jill McDermid-Hokanson/Erik Hokanson (Brooklyn, NYC) Grace Exhibition Space is Directed by Jill McDermid-Hokanson and Erik Hokanson Erik Hokanson was introduced to Performance Art after meeting Jill McDermid, while The Grace Exhibition Space participated in the Fountain Art Fair in Miami, where Mr. Hokanson was one of the organizers. Since then, they have participated together in many international performance art festivals as artists and curators in Europe, Asia, Central and South America and work together as a married team to run, curate and direct Grace Exhibiti...

Member Spotlight: Pablo Ramírez (Buenos Aires Argentina)

Each week, members of the network vote for one of the top 10 most active CPnetwork artists to be featured on the home page and interviewed for the blog. This week’s vote is half way to the deadline and we would like to introduce you to last weeks leader, Pablo Ramírez (Buenos Aires Argentina). Pablo Ramírez  was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1980. He started acting when he was a child,  and has been working for the last 13 years (started at 17 years old). He studied impro, performing arts at the National University and then majored in writing and directing. His work oscillates between performance, theatre, literature and visual art. 1. Can you tell us a little about your history and your performative concerns. My work focuses on a series of concepts and obsessions that I have si...

Member Spotlight: Theo Edmonds (Lexington, KY, USA)

An Interview with this week’s Member Spotlight, Theo Edmonds (Lexington, KY, USA). I am a Scotch-Irish-Cherokee child of Appalachia and former corporate lawyer, whose work explores the concepts of: (1) Nature (DNA) vs Nurture (religion, politics, homophobia, racism, elitism, violence, etc); and, (2) the role of “free will” in determining self-worth in the conformist-based culture of the American South. My performances combine elements of visual art, science, experimental theatre, and, unflinching, unapologetic poetry in quasi-shamanistic rituals of release and transformation. Generally inspired by a story telling narrative that is not that different from the first art created on cave walls to the songs of Nina Simone and Patti Smith, my process blends folk traditions with fine art tr...

Member Spotlight: Shiyuan liu (Brooklyn, NY)

Shiyuan liu, Director Current Town: Brooklyn, New York. Director of An_Ding_Men Performance Group  Shiyuan Liu is the director/creator of An_Ding_Men Performance Group. Her performative interest falls mainly in the field of meshing performance art with other mediums in order to challenge the definition of performance art. Currently focusing on transferring the minimal status of performance art’s essence through photography. Shiyuan Liu currently resides in New York and is finishing her MFA degree in photography at The School of Visual Art. 1. Can you tell us a little about your history and your performative concerns.  I was born in Beijing, China in 1985. And currently lives in New York. I learned ballet when I was at a young age, also practiced keyboard, photography and painting at the sa...

Member Spotlight: Opie Boero Imwinkelried/Dimanche Rouge (Paris, France)

Can you tell us a little about your group’s mission, your history and your performative concerns. Working with a collective of artists on an experimental performance, I realized how difficult it was to get a venue to perform in Paris, France. I decided to start Dimanche Rouge to provide a space for experimental performers to perform, network, get feedback and eventually collaborate.  At the same time, our goal has been to attract the general public to discover experimental performances. Dimanche Rouge is proving that this sort of space was highly needed. We went from two performances in February 2011 to over forty artists from fifteen different countries in September 2011. Dimanche Rouge quickly became more than a venue to hold experimental performances. Every third Sunday of the mon...

Member Spotlight: Red Bind (Toulouse, France)

Red Bind (Toulouse, France) are multidisciplinary artists; they investigate subjects such as dominant/dominated relationships, social yokes, gender and its limits and ambiguities, issues of the double and of the multiple characters under a single skin, codes and what happens to them out of their context, or yet the identity, status and image of Woman. [ Gilivanka Kedzior & Barbara Friedman ] 1. Can you tell us a little about your group’s mission, your history and your performative concerns. We, Gilivanka Kedzior and Barbara Friedman, met in November, 2009. We were supposed to collaborate on a project involving a third person that ultimately didn’t materialize. Some weeks later, we embarked on our first project together. It was an installation-performance called [ LOVELY VIRGIN DO...

Member Spotlight: Michel Melamed (Rio de Janeiro Brazil)

MICHEL MELAMED is a poet, writer, director and performer of The Brazilian Trilogy (Regurgitophagy, Free Money and Musicman) and author of the self-title books. Among many locations, Regurgitophagy was presented in New York (twice), Paris/ France, Berlin/ Germany, etc. Michel is also the creator, host and artistic director of several TV shows. He was one of the founders and directed the project CEP 20.000 – Experimental Poetry Center of the Rio de Janeiro city. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab ’07 and The Internationalists group. 1. Can you tell us a little about your work, your history and your performative concerns. Wow, a lot of stuff… But trying to resume: I’ve been working for the last 20 years – started at 16 years old. My work is about crossroads, I mean...

Member Spotlight: VestAndPage (Florence/Berlin)

VestAndPage (Florence/Berlin) Verena Stenke and Andrea Pagnes have been working together since 2006 as VestAndPage in contemporary performance and video art. Their art practice explores the limits of communication as well as the boarders of private and social spheres, fragility, transformation, impermanence and memory activation.VestAndPage are present in galleries, museums, biennials, theatres and festivals in Europe, Asia, the United States and South America. They give lectures on their research and practical workshops on performance art. They are initiators and curators of the current ‘FRAGILE – global performance chain journey’, a global art initiative with over 750 artists from 62 countries working together to make travel one fragile object one time around the globe. 1. Can you ...

Member Spotlight: Natasha Padilha (Brasília, Brazil)

1. Can you tell us a little about your work, your history and your performative concerns. I’m Natasha, 20 years old. My first contact with the arts was when I was 3 years old, and I got into ballet classes. I danced for 12 years, and then I changed to the theatre´s universe. Nowadays, I’m about to graduate in Performing Arts at University of Brasília. At the University I got together with a group of friends who wanted to investigate performance, humor and post-dramatic theatre. There is an amazing director and artist Dra Simone Reis (doctor by the University of Melbourne, Australia), who introduced us to those languages, and who is one of our coordinators in this project of extension from the University: the LPTV – Laboratory of Performance and Theatre of Emptiness. The LPTV ha...

Member Spotlight: Alexander Pohnert (Berlin, Germany)

Alexander Pohnert (Berlin, Germany) Bio: As an ’emerging’ artist and being, he combines video, performance and alternate settings and practices of experience and image production (including edibles, the auditory and olfactory perception). He is interested in the coming into being, absence and decay of self, other and the in-between through experience, imagery, its failure and – again – decay. currently finishing his m.a. in performance studies on phenomena of transgression/de-limitation, his work shifts between theory and practice. expressing his self pretty much sums it all up. Assistances with joan jonas, julie tolentino, ron athey, the lappetites and others; performed with julie tolentino and others. 1. Can you tell us a little about your work, your history and y...