In the framework of the Educational Learning Program of the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK, Studio Contemporaneo and Live Arts Cultures are glad to present the first of a series of practical workshops on performance art in Venice.



by VestAndPage (Verena Stenke & Andrea Pagnes)

21 - 28 May 2013

C32 performingartworkspace, Forte Marghera, Venice, Italy


WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF: Martina Buzzi (CH) | Sofie Knudsen Jansson (NO) | Micaela Leonardi (IT) | Guglielmo Maggini (IT) | Andrea Nolden (DE) | Roberta Orlando (IT) | Birgit Pacht (DE) | Federica Pamio (IT) | Lissi Sanchez (ES) | Jasmin Schaitl (AU) | Markus Schaller (DE) | Asa Shimada (JP) | Stefania Soskic (IT) | Paul Striegel (DE) | Marit Tunestveit Dyre (NO) | Martyna Wolna (PL)




MayDay is an 8-day intensive workshop on the praxis of performance art, following performance artist duo VestAndPage's method through the process of making a performative piece. During the practical exercises, under various conditions, the participants are provided with means to conceive, develop and realize a performance, mainly only using their own body as a tool:

• To exercise and research on a changing daily basis

• To work towards touching point zero in perception, introspection, judgement (on one self and on the others) and intention, to then rebuild a new way of authenticity-based perception and expression, for finally transforming visions and ideas into a concrete artistic action.

• To take distance from merely being virtuous by establishing, evaluating, and energizing the personal action in se.

• To free oneself from common behavioural patterns so as to create new ways of encountering, collaborating and living.

• To overcome the fragile constituent limits, may they be based on physicality, fears or social patterns.

• To touch and strengthen the most human inner sensors in order to activate personal and universal memories, for using as germinal matter for future artistic substance.

Actions and exercises are innovative but inspired by Dynamic Breathing, Social Theatre, Living Theatre, Macro and Micro Spherology, Inner Library, Liminality, Archetypes, Rituality, Memory activation, Body-Space-Object, Time-Duration-Rhythm, Voice/Sound, Emotional Atmosphere, Inter-activity.
The goal of the workshop is to provide the participants with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge and artistic sensitivity to conceive a final, individual performance.


German artist and dancer Verena Stenke and Venetian artist, writer and curator Andrea Pagnes have been working together under the name of VestAndPage in Performance art, filmmaking, writing and as independet curators since 2006. They are experienced workshop leaders and facilitators for students, art professionals from different backgrounds and non-art participants, either normally endowed or differently abled, of any age. They have been invited to hold practical workshops, research lectures and teachings in institutions worldwide such as Centre for Community Cultural Development and Lingnan University (Hong Kong), UNEARTE Universidad Nacional Experimental de las Artes (Caracas), Taipei Artist Village (Taiwan), Universidad Austral (Valdivia, Chile), University of Fine Arts and Theatre (Santiago, Chile), EMBA (Buenos Aires), Alumnos47 Foundation (Mexico City), TeaK Theatre Academy (Helsinki), Seoul Art Space (Seoul), The Substation (Singapore), BITEF Theatre (Belgrade), NYU Steinhardt School of Culture (Venice/New York), Social Theatre Academy IsoleComprese (Florence) among others.

VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK is a live art exhibition project focused on Performance art. The 1st edition was held in December 2012 at Palazzo Bembo, in which 31 international artists, ranging from pioneers to emerging artists, were presented in an intensive 7 days program of exhibitions and live performances.

C32 PERFORMINGARTWORKSPACE is a project by Marco Polo System g.e.i.e. for Forte Marghera - Parco del Contemporaneo, curated by Aldo Aliprandi and Marianna Andrigo. It works in production and activation of a variety of formative projects including, but not limited to, performance, experimental music and dance. Its 500sqm space is divided into dance/rehearsal hall, living room and guesthouse with bathroom and kitchen. It is conceived to host artist residencies, workshops and work-in-progress activities, collaborating with local and international artists and institutions to create opportunities for exchange and experimentation in the contemporary arts.



Above photographs by Orlando Sinibaldi and Verena Stenke.





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