Riga Performance Festival Starptelpa

Riga, 11.06–17.06.2018

Riga Performance Festival: Starptelpa is focused on performance art as a sovereign form of art in contemporary context.
By definition performance art is an intermedial form of art. It means that there are no strict boundaries among the involved media and art disciplines. It is a hybrid phenomenon in the arts discourse allowing several arts to co-exist in parallel (visual arts, physical theatre, dance, media art, installation, etc.), thus creating an ambiguous in-between space or liminal space. In this space paratheatrical, sound and/or art practices, when freed from standards and traditions, can develop new, experimental and previously unprecedented artistic forms. The most crucial media of performance art – the presence of the artist, the body, time and duration, space, relationship with the spectators – may be combined with music, philosophy, poetry, sculpture, dance, cinematography, sculptural objects/installations, as well as non-art, for example, everyday objects, equipment and tools. The keywords and themes: metamorphosis, synthesis, hybridisation, mutation, assemblage, bricolage, collage.
We invite the artists to create performances, which reveal, examine, change and explain the understanding of the in-between space in the widest sense. Being positioned in the in-between space can mean both a (meta)physical state and an emotional, psychological or experience-based departure point. The inbetween space is a space between the known and the unknown. It is a state of transition, leap into the void, anticipation of change and movement from the past to the future through the moment of present.

The Festival is organised by the Laboratory of Stage Arts, Artist Residency Centre MĀ TELPA and Kaņepes Kultūras centrs. The cooperation partner – RISEBA Architecture and Media Centre H2O6

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