Corpus - European network for performance practice


Cooperation Projects



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Creative Europe



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Project date

1 Oct 2014 - 31 Dec 2017

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If I Can't Dance I Don't Want To Be Part of Your Revolution, Netherlands;

Stuk Kunstencentrum, Belgium;

Contemporary Art Centre, Lithuania;

Kw Institute for Contemporary Art - Kunst-Werke Berlin E.V., Germany;

Gatzipeko Kultur Elkartea, Spain

Corpus has as its main objective the production, presentation and dissemination of new performance works, addressing a professional and a general audience. The instrument for realizing these performance works is a consortium. European institutions that have established a robust expertise and legacy in the field of performance, commission artists to develop new ambitious performance work. The consortium and the performance works it produces, are supported by a network of associate partners from within and outside of Europe. In this way Corpus wants to improve performance art, stimulate the development and production of performance art, and increase the mobility of performance art within and outside Europe.

The initiating institutions that have fulfilled the pilot phase of Corpus (2012-2014, strand 1.2.1) are If I Can’t Dance (NL), STUK/Museum M (BE) and Tate Modern (GB). For the second phase of Corpus (2014-2017) the consortium is welcoming Bulegoa z/b in Bilbao (ES), Kunstwerke in Berlin (DE), and CAC in Vilnius (LT) thus spreading its productions throughout west, east and south Europe. The associated partners are Ashkal Alwan in Beirut, The Kitchen and Whitney Museum in New York (US), Kunsthaus Bregenz (AT), REDCAT in Los Angeles (US), and OCAT in Shenzhen (CN).

Corpus, represented by the directors and/or curators of the partner institutions, exchanges, shares and archives ideas, expertise, knowledge, and networks, to collectively initiate, produce and present ambitious performance works that each tour extensively throughout Europe. Authors of these performance works are artists from diverse, European and extra-European backgrounds, with outstanding skills. They are selected from a trans-generational perspective, allowing for encounters that articulate both legacies and current developments in performance practice. Corpus addresses audiences within the field of art and performance, and actively seeks relations with a general audience.

Watch Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa’s Illusion of Matter, first shown on 3 December 2015 and also commissioned and produced as part of Corpus, explores The Guatemalan civil war (1960–96), using theatre, drawing, literature and sculpture. Ramírez-Figueroa will further develop this project for If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution (Amsterdam) as part of Edition VI - Event and Duration (2015 - 2016).

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