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What’s On (Edmonton): Zero Gravity International Performance Art Summit – Mile Zero Dance

 

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Mile Zero Dance (MZD) presents: Zero Gravity International Performance Art SUMMIT, which contains both a FESTIVAL and WORKSHOP, on May 10-19, 2019 at Spazio Performativo (10816 95 Street), dc3 Art Projects (3E8, 10567 111 Street), and Latitude 53 (10242 106 Street).

We live in dangerous and precarious times, but what do artists have to say about the gravity of the world? This spring, five internationally-renowned artists will descend on Edmonton for the first time as part of the Zero Gravity International Performance Art SUMMIT, an inaugural festival and workshop from Mile Zero Dance (MZD), and embark on a groundbreaking journey to rise above it all.

The primary purpose of the SUMMIT is to create an artistic dialogue between Canadian – national and local – and International performance artists, “ explains Beau Coleman, curator of the SUMMIT. “Each of these renowned artists brings their own particular approach to performance art and all are eager to share their performance practice with the soon-to-be announced Canadian and local performance artists invited to the Zero Gravity International Performance Art FESTIVAL, and audiences attending the event.”

The SUMMIT offers a condensed, multi-venue experience that highlights the participatory nature of performance art over 10 days. The SUMMIT exists in two parts, a WORKSHOP and a FESTIVAL:

Zero Gravity Performance Art WORKSHOP (May 10-17, 2019)

• An eight-day workshop offering participants access into the working processes, methodologies, and approaches of five internationally-established artists including: Dagmar I. Glausnitzer-Smith (Germany), Francesco Kiais (Italy-Greece), PASHIAS (Cyprus), Alexandra Zierle (Germany-United Kingdom), and Beau Coleman (Canada). Workshop participants will receive one-on-one mentoring and present their own original performances as part of the Zero Gravity International Performance Art FESTIVAL.

Zero Gravity International Performance Art FESTIVAL (May 16-19, 2019)

• A four-day festival presenting the work of established and emerging performance artists from Canada and abroad, consisting of indoor and site-specific performances, artist talks, panels, and discussions at three venues (Mile Zero’s Spazio Performativo and in partnership with dc3 Art Projects and Latitude 53).

Performance art can be difficult to describe, but we hope to expose the broader public to it by removing as many barriers as possible,” explains Gerry Morita, Artistic Director of Mile Zero Dance. “We encourage Edmontonians to get out and witness these wide-ranging works in a field of body and live art that is growing in importance.”

The Zero Gravity International Performance Art FESTIVAL is by donation and the eight-day WORKSHOP is $500. Applications for the workshop close April 1, 2019. For more info about the workshop, visit: http://milezerodance.com/2017/2018-zero-gravity-workshop/

About Beau Coleman

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. Her artistic practice encompasses the mediums of performance art, intermedia, site-specific performance, theatre, dance, video and installation.

About Mile Zero Dance

Mile Zero Dance (MZD) is a fast-paced, broad-minded company that thrives on integrating contemporary and experimental dance into modern culture. The company works collaboratively with many of Edmonton’s best artists, and its work edges on multidisciplinary as it finds innovative ways of expression through the body.

For more info, visit: http://milezerodance.com/2017/2018-zero-gravity/