Open Performance Academy (OPA) is a research programme for young and established artist whose work engages, intersects with, discusses, draws upon, or is indebted to performance art. OPA organises lectures, workshops and try-out sessions, aims to create a platform for the exchange of ideas and the production of knowledges and provides artists with an opportunity to receive feedback on their work. OPA is an offshoot of Performance Art NL, founded by performance artist Ronald Bal and university based researcher and lecturer Nathanja van den Heuvel.
This early spring 2018 OPA starts with a first series of meetings dedicated to an exchange of thoughts, ideas and practices. The first series take place on Thursdays between 7:30 pm and 11 pm. The dates are: February 15, March 1, March 15, March 29 and April 5.
The readings will be circulated prior to the meetings.
You are cordially invited to the studio presentation Moving Landscape, on August 25, 2017 at 8 PM at artist-in-residence Cloud Danslab Den Haag.
Location: Cloud Danslab Den Haag, DCR – De Constant Rebecqueplein 20b 2518 RA Den Haag
Moving landscape unfolds as a multidisciplinary research on the concept of landscape in performance art. Artist Ronald Bal transforms Cloud Danslab into a hybrid place, where performers from different disciplines (dance, circus, and visual arts), explore embodied responses to the imagination of the concept landscape. This results in a performance installation with a sculptural and abstract dance that relate to the paintings of Mondrian.
In Moving Landscape, Bal sharpens the relationship between painting and performance art, the figurative and the abstract, manipulation and nature. By emphasizing the sensory and imaginary conditions of the painter Mondrian, a playing field arises for an encounter between different artistic disciplines.
The presentation of Moving Landscape is the first result of Bal’s research on the concept of landscape and will be developed further in the coming months into a performance-installation.
Reflecting on the ‘performative body’ Ronald Bal works with words, time and body movement. In 4bid Gallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Ronald will perform the performance ‘Reflex’ showing a body in three repetitive stages, sanding, walking and running, in varied tempos and rhythms. The scenography was a screenplay showing words and time. The words change every thirty seconds so the reader could interpret word and action, and make short sentences over time.
The screenplay shows 40 words, often used as directions in a rehearsal,that provoke the body directly. The words repeat every 20 minutes showing a different reading related to the body.