Dates: 23/23/30 August (Cape Town) 12/13/20 (Johannesburg)
Venue: Hiddingh Hall, University of Cape Town, Orange Street, Cape Town School of the Arts, Wits University, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
As part of our mandate to provide training and development the Spier Contemporary makes a point of organising a series of performance art workshops that are facilitated by the well known choreographer, UCT Associate Professor and member of the Spier Contemporary 2007/8 and 2010 curatorial team’s, Jay Pather.
Spier Contemporary recognises that live performance is an increasingly prominent area of the visual arts, and yet the creative spaces to invent, explore and develop performance are still rare.
The workshops aim at providing some of the necessary tools for the conception and execution of performance art. Pather and a range of guests presented a three day workshop, with a particular focus on some of the challenges and debates surrounding the staging of performance work within the context of a visual arts exhibition and included experiences in:
- the use of the body, time, rhythm
- space, architecture, site- responsive and site specific work
- accessing sense and emotional memory
- use of mixed media and projection
- the use of light and sound
- ‘framing’ of performance
Participants used the final day to collaborate across disciplines and created mixed media, site specific performances.
The workshops were open to all artists who have an interest in performance and who welcome and/or search for further extension of their ideas and practice. i.e. it is not restricted to performers or choreographers but appropriate for artists from all media e.g. visual artists, architects, musicians.
- Jay Pather
- Elizabeth Mills
- Greg Homann
- Vaughn Sadie
- Jay Pather, Cape Town
- Natasha da Silva, Johannesburg
- Jade Bowers and Jaletta De Jager, Cspe Town
- Eduardo Cachucho
- Emma laurence
- Brink Scholtz
- Dadivo Jose
- Kenneth Tafira
- Mellissa Alexander
- Estelle v d Heever
- Martha Amutenya
- Kim Kerfoot
- Philippe Kayumba
- Dominique Jossie
- Sue Kiel
- Janet Botes
- Elsa Lourens
- Jonathan Nkala
- Maurice Hermes Mbikayi
- Theo Ndindwa
- Jill Williams
- Roxandra (Cindy) Britz
- Lea’n Coetzer
It goes without saying that the most important and welcome result of the Spier Contemporary Performance Workshops, is the fact that their have been several performance collaborations between participating artists in the period following the workshops themselves.
The workshops in Cape Town and Johannesburg attracted a cross section of participants from visual arts, dance and theatre with some participants even coming from the more unusual fields of architecture, music and urban planning. The mix of disciplines was particularly stimulating for participants.
“I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to participate in the workshop and to have met all the people involved. Your ‘teaching’ methods are very inspiring and I feel I’ve come away with a lot.” Jutta, Cape Town participant.
Again, as a direct result of these workshops, several participants have entered work actually created during the workshops, into the Spier Contemporary 2010 exhibition/competition selection process.
We are pleased to note that at least seven of the ten Spier Contemporary 2010 Exhibition performance finalists took part in the Performance Art Workshops.