Delfina Foundation

Theme: Performance as Process - Stage 2

A programme of artistic research and production

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In Spring 2016, Delfina Foundation launches the second stage of Performance as Process, a series of residencies and events that explores performance as a way of approaching and understanding the world, just as much as it is a medium of producing art or engaging with the public. The programme encourages experimentation through research, productions, collaborations, skill-sharing, or reflecting on the performative aspect of artistic practice, which could include live art but is not restricted to it.

The first iteration of the programme took place in Winter 2015 and brought together 12 participants to broadly explore how ‘performance’ – from daily routines to public protests to religious rituals – plays an inherent role in cultural production.

In Stage 2, themes of translation through choreography and language are embedded in the practice of many of the participants. The invited artists consider how re-articulating objects, sounds, texts, movements, cultures and environments through performance can produce new subjectivities. Furthermore, this extends to the systems, methodologies and processes used to translate or transpose one thing to another.

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International residents include Stephen Kwok (USA), Syowia Kyambi (Kenya), Cecilia Bengolea (Argentina/France), Alex Mirutziu (Romania), Alexis Blake (USA/Netherlands), and Luisa Nobrega (Brazil).

UK Associates include Joe Moran, Emma Smith, Teresa Calonje, and Alex Baczynski-Jenkins.


International Residents

Stephen Kwok (USA)
Stephen Kwok’s practice studies the everyday structures that inform living - from transit to institutions to technology - for moments of levity. During his residency, Kwok will begin the development of a new project, a participatory installation that rethinks the language of cinema in the context of networked technologies. 

Syowia Kyambi (Kenya)
Syowia Kyambi’s performance-based practice breaks down and rebuilds layers of present and past narratives; inclusive of history, personal and public perspectives; memory; and identity. At Delfina Foundation, Kyambi will continue to develop her on-going project, Between Us (2013 –), a choreographed performance which will be presented in Baltimore and Dresden in 2016/2017. 

Cecilia Bengolea (Argentina/France)
Cecilia Bengolea is a dance artist with a particular interest in dance anthropologies, studying dance forms from many parts of the world. Her practice and research centre on performance as a social relation and site of intersubjective experience between people. She has collaborated with a number of visual artists, including Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Jeremy Deller, Celia Hempton and Prem Sahib. During her residency at Delfina Foundation, Bengolea will continue to develop her current project of training to enter the International Dancehall Queen competition in Montegobay, Jamaica.

Alex Mirutziu (Romania)
Alex Mirutziu creates installation-based performances and writings that ‘question the ways in which the space after something ends is orchestrated’. His work often drives a philosophical enquiry touching on the relationships between design, language and form. Mirutziu’s engagement with Delfina Foundation will be driven by a key question within his practice; ‘what performs?’

Alexis Blake (USA/Netherlands)
Alexis Blake has a multidisciplinary practice that combines visual art and performance through methods of translation, such as choreography, sculpture, video and text. While at Delfina Foundation, Blake will develop her current project Conditions of an Ideal, which takes a book published in 1914 by Diana Watts, The Renaissance of the Greek Ideal, as its starting point.

Luísa Nóbrega (Brazil)
The work of Luísa Nóbrega is informed by the relationship between language and the body, and the points of lapse and friction between the two. During her residency at Delfina Foundation, Nóbrega will research and develop a new project, concerning the limits and possibilities of communication of two apparently contradictory language systems: lyrical singing and sign language.

Luciana Magno (Brazil)
Luciana Magno works with performance, often involving photography and video, objects and websites. She researches the body and performance actions, dealing with political, social and anthropological issues associated with the impact of development in the Amazonian region. The integration of the body to surroundings is a determinant, recurrent element in her work. She is the recipient of the Delfina_Videobrasil Residency Prize 2016.

UK Associates

Joe Moran (UK)
Joe Moran is a choreographer with a wide-ranging practice incorporating touring theatre works, gallery installation, lecture-performances, and curatorial projects. His work tackles contemporary propositions in dance, performance and critical thought. As a UK Associate at Delfina Foundation, Moran will consider ways of translating his current project On the Habit of Being Oneself, which explores the surrender of intention and choice-making in dance, to the gallery context.

Emma Smith (UK)
In her performance-based social practice, Emma Smith creates sites for public experimentation and research through process and exhibition, often exploring the nature of human relationships and communication. While at Delfina Foundation, Smith will develop a new line of research, emerging from her 5Hz project, which presented a new singing language based on instinctive forms of vocal communication.

Teresa Calonje (UK)
Teresa Calonje is a curator with a specific interest in the question of collecting live art. While at Delfina Foundation, Calonje will present a public programme event featuring collectors of performance, in addition to developing aspects of her PhD thesis.

Alex Baczynski-Jenkins (UK)
Alex Baczynski-Jenkins participated in the first Performance as Process programme as a UK Associate and joins us again for Stage 2. His choreographic practice is concerned with the mediation and politics of affect and embodiment as experienced in desire. Using Derek Jarman’s text White Lies in his book Chroma: A Book of Colour as a starting point, Baczynski-Jenkins intends to develop a new work that experiments with the relationship between text and movement.