Riga Performance Festival Starptelpa

Riga, 11.06–17.06.2018

We invite artists to participate in the international performance festival Riga Performance Festival: Starptelpa (In Between) that will take place in Riga from 11.06-17.06.2018. The Festival programme will include public lectures, workshops and performances.

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. The Festival is supported by the Riga City Council and the State Culture Capital Foundation.

• RISEBA Architecture and Media Centre H2O6, Durbes Street 4, Riga
Kaņepes Kultūras centrs, Skolas Street 15, Riga
It is possible to create performances both indoors and outdoors.

To respond to the open call, please send your proposal to coordinator Laine Kristberga
at riga.performance.festival@gmail.com by 10 April 2018. The proposal should include:
A filled-out application form,
• Artist’s CV,
• Visual material (still or moving images of the performance).
When submitting the proposal, artists must take into account health and safety issues, the presence of audiences and the restrictions of space. The artists ensure that they have the necessary materials for the implementation of the performance. The artists are encouraged to apply for external funding, because the travel and accommodation costs shall not be covered. The artists, who are not residents of Latvia, must have valid travel insurance.

The accepted artists will be informed by email by 25 April 2018.
For additional information please see our Facebook page www.facebook.com/riga.performance
or email the coordinator Laine Kristberga at riga.performance.festival@gmail.com

Virtual tour

Hall Nr.1

Video Hall 

More locations are available for the festival performances, these are some examples.

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