This is for those who trust in change. 

It is for the overstretched global bodies searching for a home or on pilgrimage. 

For those to whom the surreal is familiar, those who dance on the limits hand in hand. 

For those who go to spaces of hidden beauty and scan into the flesh of dream matter —

visionary poets, artists and performers pushed by an urgency.

For those who reconcile with the mystery to let things coexist,

for anything that remains alone is just a nothing per se. 

For those who seek to express, not to impress.

For those who take risks in the name of seeking new images. 

For those on a journey through visible places and invisible places, 

real places and imaginary places. 

A nomadism aiming to empower one's own art and openness, 

leaving subtle traces, structuring temporary autonomous zones.

Taking action because each one of us has important stories to tell.

And again, "Remember all, forget all."

 BEFORE READING FURTHER

We support and aim to provide safe and brave spaces,

together with everyone involved through a process of radical tenderness.

We do not support and invite to critically call out racism, ageism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia,

as well as acts or expression of oppression, colonization, and cultural appropriation.

We come from Applied Theatre and have always been more interested in share-and-care,

and the beauty of our complex life stories, then in technical virtuosities.

We support Die Vielen – Association of the Many, and "understand theatre and art as a means of participation

in creating a society made up of people of every skin colour, gender, sexual orientation, diverse needs and abilities,

of every faith or non-faith and based on their equality."

We support art27, and stand in solidarity with refugees and the vulnerable

and recognize the role of the arts in promoting social inclusion and tolerance.

 

 

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Applications are currently open:

August/September 2022

ECC Performance Art

Online workshop "Performance-based filmmaking"

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TYPES OF CLASSES

Since 2009, we have shared our pedagogy on collaborative performance-making through talks, lectures, seminars, practical intensive workshops, and co-creation​ classes. Since 2019, we have been lecturers at ArtEZ Masters of Performance Practices. We offer classes and collaboration opportunities in the following practical ways, all of which aim at providing a fertile ground for a temporary artistic community.

Classes are technically and practically based on our own studies, training and decades of work in Performance art, Applied theatre, classical and oriental theatre, visual arts, somatic techniques, bodywork and movement practices

INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOPS

Our yearly Introductory Workshops are held in late summer at Atelier Performative Künste, Düsseldorf (DE), and further international open call occasions to be announced.

Our Introductory Workshops last 2 to 5 days and are open to artists and non-artists of all backgrounds and levels of experience. No previous experience in the arts is required. These workshops offer a way to approach the art form of performance art, body-based art practices in general, and VestAndPage's collaborative art practice.

INTENSIVE RESIDENCY CLASSES

Our yearly Intensive Residency Classes take place early summer at Venice International Performance Art Week, C32 performing art work space, Forte Marghera, Venice (IT), and further international open call occasions to be announced.

 

Intensive Residency Classes have a duration of 10 days and are residential, including shared accommodation. Intensive Residency Classes are open to emerging and established artists of all backgrounds and levels of experience who wish to challenge their practice further and collaborate with other artists expressively. You are required to provide extensive information about your artistic background and urgency and demonstrate a solid commitment to the immersive, collaborative 10-day process of artistic production. The Intensive Residency Classes conclude in a final performance open to the public. To allow for maximum safe space during the intense working process, these processes are usually accompanied and co-tutored by a team of associate artists.

CO-CREATION RESIDENCIES

Our biennial Intensive Co-Creation Residencies take place in winter at Venice International Performance Art Week, Palazzo Mora, Venice (IT), and further international open call occasions to be announced.

 

Co-Creation Residency opportunities last from a minimum of 10 days up to 3 weeks. They are open to emerging and established artists who are dedicated to collaborating with VestAndPage and other artists in a collective performance opera* to be presented publicly (either alongside VestAndPage or under their guidance). You are required to provide extensive information about your artistic background and urgency and demonstrate a solid commitment to an immersive, collaborative full-time process of artistic production towards a public performance. To allow for maximum safe space during the intense working process, these processes are usually accompanied and co-tutored by a team of associate artists.

* Collective performance operas are complexly layered collaborative live performance works created through medium- to long-term intensive co-creation processes by VestAndPage in collaboration with other artists. These live works are presented only once and are based on the unique contribution that each of the invited collaborators brings into the work.

 

Associate co-tutors in intensive residency classes: Marcel Sparmann, Marianna Andrigo, Aldo Aliprandi, Fenia Kotsopoulou, Sara Simeoni, Marisa Garreffa, Joseph Morgan Schofield, Ash McNaughton.

MAIN TOPICS

  • The "Poetics of Relations": The artistic connectedness of bodies, spaces and objects.

  • The Temporary Artistic Community: Expanding beyond the artistic self toward collaboration.

  • Agree to Disagree: Uncover fragility and failures of the individual and the collective within social and environmental spheres.

  • Dance on the Limits Hand in Hand: Trust in change, endurance, union, pain sublimation and risk-taking with a poetic bodily approach to art practice and a focus on universal human experiences. 

  • Skin|Matters – Radical Makeup for Radical Artists: Skin as canvas, boundary, action and identity.

  • From the Personal to the Universal: Material from the personal and genetic library accessed through insightful thinking and spiritual practices that allow viewers to address realistic contents through fresh iconography in an otherworldly surrounding.

  • The Hidden Beauty of our Violated Landscapes: From visible places and invisible spaces in the physical, mental, spiritual and social body.

Working practically together with artist duo VestAndPage in our co-tutored collaborative practice using the bodies (physical, mental and spiritual) as primary artistic tools means focusing on the body as a poetic and imaginary landscape. This includes being at the same time subject and object of artistic creation, as well as expanding to the social and the political through the creation of temporary artistic communities. Through our Introductory Workshops, Intensive Classes or Co-Creation processes, you can gain insight into our process-led performance art practice in the name of illuminating universal meanings through a "Poetics of Relations". This involves a relational perception of the being, memory activation, and personal experience. Within the possibility of crossing the exterior-interior boundary, changing contexts such as 24-hour topics are used to develop authentic modes of artistic action. We work on a range of techniques and approaches reflecting our practices and backgrounds and the interface of visual arts, performance art, Applied and Oriental theatre, martial arts, yoga and somatic practices, philosophy and creative writing. Practical subjects include the art of sustaining a life as an artist, independence, self-reliance, building temporary artistic communities, and innovative approaches for new modes of existence.

We work on a wide range of techniques and approaches:

  • Individual and collectively performance work;

  • Devising and improvisation techniques;

  • The physical self as a site for image and meaning in performance;

  • Personal and collective social responsibility through artistic acts;

  • The sense of memory as a germinal matter for artistic creation;

  • The expansion beyond ourselves – how to bridge apparently separate actions/artists into a complex collective

  • Audience-performer relationships – levels and modes of interaction;

  • The role of time and pattern – i.e. duration, endurance, speed, and repetition;

  • Authenticity-based expression;

  • and more.

 

RECOMMENDED READING

 

 

CURRENT AND PAST TEACHINGS

ArtEZ University of the Arts – Masters of Performance Practices (Arnhem), Norwegian Theatre Academy – Masters Performance Practice (Fredrikstad), SAIC School of the Arts Institute (Chicago), NYU Steinhardt (Venice/New York), TeaK Theatre Academy (Helsinki), Albanian University of Arts (Tirana), BITEF Theatre (Belgrade), Venice International Performance Art Week (Venice), School for Curatorial Studies (Venice), Centre for Community Cultural Development (Hong Kong), Museo Universitario del Chopo (Mexico City), Universidad Nacional de las Arte Experimental (Caracas), Taipei Artist Village (Taipei), Seoul Art Space (Seoul), EMBA Escuela Carlos Morel (Buenos Aires), FADO Performance Art Centre (Toronto), Grace Exhibition Space (New York), Dfbrl8r Gallery (Chicago), The Substation Theatre (Singapore), Gray's School of Art (Aberdeen), Theatre Academy Isole Comprese (Florence), Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia (Venice), Universidad Austral (Valdivia, Chile), Alumnos47 Foundation (Mexico City), Open Space Gallery (Victoria B.C.), Deutsches Institut (Florence), performance s p a c e (London), KARST Gallery (Plymouth).

Excerpts from the final public performance of the 10-days Intensive Performance Summer Class by VestAndPage & La Pocha Nostra.

In the framework of the Educational Learning Program of the Venice International Performance Art Week | ART WEEK Workshop Series

C32 performingartsworkspace, Venice, June 2017

Short documentary of the VestAndPage introductory workshop Fragile Limits

Taipei Artist Village, Taipei, 2012

Short documentary of the VestAndPage introductory workshop on performance for video La Naturaleza del Imagen Poético y su Performatividad

Vortice, presented INVE Plataforma Experimental

Valparaiso, Chile, 2016