Zero Gravity Performance Art WORKSHOP

 (Edmonton, CANADA – May 10 – 17, 2019)


Beau Coleman (CA), Dagmar I. Glausnitzer-Smith (DE),

Francesco Kiais (IT-GR), PASHIAS (CY) and Alexandra Zierle (DE-GB)


PRESENTER: Mile Zero Dance                

CO-PRESENTER : dc3 Art Projects                                                                                       

This unique 8-day International Performance Art Workshop co-facilitated by Beau Coleman (Canada), Dagmar I. Glausnitzer-Smith (Germany), Francesco Kiais (Italy – Greece), PASHIAS (Cyprus), and Alexandra Zierle (Germany – UK), offers an exclusive and intense access into the working processes of 5 internationally-established performance artists.  Participants will experience an array of methodologies and approaches to performance art, whilst being actively encouraged to delve into new and unchartered territory.  The workshop includes solo and group exercises within an intensive, experimental and experiential context.  Each participant will receive 1-to-1 mentoring during the development of their own original performance art work, that will be presented to the public on May 16th, as part of the Zero Gravity International Performance Art FESTIVAL (May 16th – 19th), with a final workshop session held on the morning of May 17th.  Workshop participants will receive documentation of their work.
We welcome applications from both established and emerging performance artists, as well as those with a strong interest in performance art. We particularly welcome applications from people who identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis), ethnically-diverse, deaf, disabled or LGBTQ2S+.  All levels welcome to apply.
Selected participants are strongly encouraged to attend all days of Zero Gravity International Performance Art FESTIVAL(May 16 – 19, 2019), so they may view performances by a wide-range of Canadian and International performance artists (including the co-facilitators) and attend the FESTIVALs artist talks, panels and discussions.
EARLY BIRD FEE: $400 (approx. 260 Euros / $300 USD) – UNTIL April 20, 2019
REGULAR FEE:     $500 (approx. 350 Euros / $370 USD) – AFTER April 20, 2019
Please Note: Applications are now being accepted on a ROLLING BASIS.  We recommend submitting your application early to secure your place in the workshop. You will be notified shortly after applying regarding your acceptance.
To apply, please provide the following written materialsas a single PDFin the order below (JPEG Photos may be attached separately):

  • Name
  • Artist/Company Name (if applicable)
  • Pronouns Preferred
  • Email
  • Phone Number (country and/or area code included)
  • Artist Statement (300 words)
  • How Do You Envisage This Workshop Benefitting Your Practice? (250 words)
  • CV
  • Images of Your Work – JPEG, max 2MB each, attached separately (optional)
  • Website/blogs/video links (optional)
  • Do You Agree to Participate if Accepted?

Beau Coleman 
Curator, Zero Gravity International Performance Art SUMMIT (Workshop & Festival)
Questions and inquiries welcome.  We are able to provide letters of acceptance, should you wish to apply for funds from other sources.
About Beau Coleman’s Working Process                                                                                                                                                               Beau Coleman’s artistic practice is one of continual movement, encompassing the mediums of performance art, intermedia, site-specific performance, theatre, dance, video and installation.  Themes of intimacy, isolation, suspension, grief and loss are interrogated in her work. In creating her performances, Beau finds raw material in the interplay with objects, physical response(s) to site, gestural movements, distillation processes, and found encounters with the unknown.  Her work as a performance artist includes one-to-one, live actions, site-specific and durational works.
ARTIST BIO                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Beau Coleman is a multidisciplinary artist who whose work as a performance artist has received solo and group exhibitions across North America, Europe and in parts of Africa, Oceania and Asia. She has made work for a diverse range of locations and contexts, whether situated in galleries, festivals and/or site-specific locations.  Recent performances include: Veiled Absence for Sisters Academy (30-day durational), Den Frie Centre for Contemporary Art (Copenhagen, Denmark, 2017); Walking Kindness, Unpack Studio (Havana, Cuba, 2017); Path of Longing, Luissa Catucci Gallery (Berlin, Germany, 2017); Let Me Tell You That I Love You (Distant Islands), Fluid States North (Copenhagen, Denmark, 2015); Culture House (Torshaven, Faroe Islands, 2015); Nuuk Art Museum (Nuuk, Greenland, 2015); Nuit Rose/Artscape (Toronto, 2014) and These Are Not My Mother’s Hands, Trinity Square Video (Toronto, Canada 2013).   Beau is on faculty at the University of Alberta, where she specializes in contemporary performance and interdisciplinary creation and is the Co-Director of the new Faculty of Arts’ signature area in research-creation.
About Glausnitzer-Smith’s Working Process:                                                                                                                                           Glausnitzer (DE) examines several aspects of collecting objects, the recollection of past ideas and images, voice and autobiography by means of ‘Performance Art’ and ‘Performance for the Camera’. There is a process of understanding ‘Self’ as portraiture or as non-linear actions in space. Three-dimensional images reflect a temporary trueness to the artist’s enquiry, and inventive methods facilitate to re-position herself in the world of Life’s occurrences. Negotiations between being in the ‘now’ in the absence of image concurs with projections of data and material of planning.
ARTIST BIO                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Live Actions and exhibitions took place in the USA, Germany, UK, France, Scotland, Denmark, Austria, New Zealand, Cyprus, Finland. She has been part of the Month of Performance Art, MPA-B Berlin 2012, 2013, 2015 and presented Live Performances and Performance Art Workshops at 1st and 2nd Cyprus International Performance Art Festival 2013 and 2014, Live Performance Work with epitelesis – Performance Art Foundation in Athens 2014 at ArtWall Gallery and 2015 LAPSody Helsinki, International Performance Art Conference, TEAK with Live Performances, Lecture and Workshop Day, 2015 co-facilitating Berlin Performance Art Workshop with Zierle & Carter at Cell63, 2015 Athens co-facilitating Performance Art Workshop – The Marathon – with PASHIAS, Francesco Kiais and Zierle & Carter hosted by epitelesis – Performance Art Foundation, China 2015 Live Art Tour #2, Beijing, Tianjin, Shen Zhen, January 2016 Solo Exhibition and Live Performances Kunstfoerderverein Schoeningen, Exhibition and Live Performances at Parabiosis, Chongqing Museum of Contemporary Art, China, June 2016 facilitating Performance Art Workshops in Beijing and Tianjin, China, September 2016 co-facilitating – The Marathon – Performance Art Workshop with PASHIAS, Francesco Kiais and Zierle & Carter in Cyprus, Nicosia.
About Francesco Kiais’ Working Process:                                                                                                                                       Aίσθηση(aesthisi): that is, the feeling, the perception, the experience of the senses. The aesthetic knowledge leads us to consider the body as a center. But, only if they are aware of the context – and of the presence of the other that is beyond me, around me – the centrality of my body acquires a meaning. Without the other, I’m just in the middle of myself, isolated.
The work of Kiais (IT/GR) focuses on dialogue between contrasts and differences, bringing the specificity of places and peoples’ memories, to be activated poetically in an individual and collective ritual, played on the ground of the mutual presence, both corporeal and/or incorporeal, of the performer and of those who attends/participates in the experience of a performance. Kiais works on body’s gestures and images, as possibility to meet the others in the ephemeral territory of a common experience. The processes of meeting, clash, integration, division, collision, and of necessary coexistence and tolerance, and finally of relation, that characterize our social contradictions and lives and histories, converges in an aesthetic gesture/experience involving both the performer and the present people in a living image. In this process all media and materials can be used.
ARTIST BIO                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kiais is a member of the curatorial board of the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK and creator of the [mind the] G.A.P. – Gathering Around Performance, a platform based in Athens and focussed on Performance art. He has been invited as visitor lecturer by several Universities (Venice, Athens, Corfu, Florina), and to lead or participate in round-tables on Performance Art at institution of international level like the Benaki Museum, the Athens Biennale, SALT Istanbul, as well as at Festivals and cultural events. He worked as a facilitator and guest lecturer or leading a workshop for different educational programs on performance art, like PAS | Performance Art Studies (Athens and Venice), Transient Bodies (Istanbul), Performance now (Thessaloniki, University of West Macedonia), besides his involvement as a facilitator in The Marathon – Performance Art Workshop.
PASHIAS (Cyprus)
About PASHIAS’ Working Process                                                                                                                                                                            The practice of Greek Cypriot visual artist PASHIAS is grounded in the field of performance art, installation and photography, by establishing the artist’s body as basic material for creation. His work aims at the exploration of a ‘situation’ or environment, based upon the relationship of a unit towards an ensemble, in a similar manner that every social setting perceives a person – through the establishment of presence, exchange and co-existence.
ARTIST BIO                                                                                                                                                                                                                PASHIAS has participated in solo and group exhibitions, as well as international festivals in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Russia, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Sweden, Bulgaria, Turkey, Belgium and Brazil. More specifically, he has collaborated with cultural organizations, such as the Marina Abramovic Institute, Estonia Contemporary Art Museum, SESC São Paulo, Besancon Institut Supérieur des Beaux Arts, Mediterranean Biennale of Contemporary Art and Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art. PASHIAS co-founded in 2013 the epitelesis – Performance Art Foundation as an international platform for the support of cultural activities, has been engaged in curating exhibitions and series of events on the relationship of live action to other artistic practices and has been working as an educator/lecturer through various academic programs. More information available at:
ALEXANDRA ZIERLE (Germany-United Kingdom)
Alexandra Zierle’s Working Process:                                                                                                                                                    Interdisciplinary, multi-sensory and often site and context responsive, Alexandra Zierle’s practice critically examines different modes of communication and what it means to be human, addressing notions of belonging and sense of place, investigating human interactions and encounters. Zierle’s work revolves around asking questions rather than making statements. Her material/process-led approaches highlight a deep listening process that acts as an invitation to venture into the spaces in-between the external and internal, permanent and transient, spoken and unheard. The objects and materials used become the extension of the body and externalize an inner landscape. The driving force is an amalgamation of intuitive responses married with ritualized actions and metaphorical use of materials, alluding to a narrative that often evolves around the principle: harmony through conflict. The work fundamentally explores society’s conventions, traditions, and rituals, often flipping them on their head, reversing orders, and disrupting the norm.
ARTIST BIO                                                                                                                                                                                                               Alexandra Zierle recently presented solo performances in Germany at the Wuppertaler Performancenacht, the Istanbul Art Fair, and at TDanse in Italy.  Her work as Zierle & Carter has been widely exhibited internationally throughout Europe, Canada, United States, South America, Australia, in Asia and Africa, such as the inaugural Venice International Performance Art Week, Federation Square (Melbourne), CIPAF (Cyprus), Grace Exhibition Space (New York), Rapid Pulse (Chicago), Bildmuseet (Umeå), and presented a world premiere triptych at The National Theatre and The Barbican for SPILL Festival of Performance 2015 (London). In 2016 she exhibited a retrospective show in China at the Chongqing Changjiang Contemporary Museum for the PARABIOSIS. Her final performance as Zierle & Carter was presented in Hong Kong in October 2017.  Grants include a residency at the Banff Centre, R&D project in Australia, travel scholarship to Patagonia (Argentina/Chile). Publications: “Personal Structures: Time – Space – Existence” by Sarah Gold, Karlyn De Jongh and Peter Lodemeyer and Manuel Vason’s recent Double Exposures: Performance as Photography, Photography as Performance.  Alexandra Zierle has worked as lecturer in the UK, USA, Sweden, Lithuania and Australia and has led workshops internationally, including PAStudies in Kaunas (LT), IPA in Bucharest (RO), co-facilitated The Marathon Workshops in Athens, Cyprus and Berlin, and has ran independent workshops in Germany, Spain, Sweden and China.