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The nature of performing art outside

The fourth Cyprus International Performance Art Festival (CIPAF) will make landscape a part of its live performances this year, as it moves away from the big city and spreads out to the Nikos Kouroussis Foundation, the Kokkinopezoulas Mine, and the Kokkinogias Mine in Mitsero next weekend.

The two-day site-specific and site-sensitive festival is under the name New Synchronicities: (No)one’s Action, Everyone’s Celebration, and aims at creating new perceptions inspired by nature while questioning our human condition.

This year’s programme includes live performances, screenings, visits to the study room and social activities. These events will run after an experiential workshop for the 11 participating artists held by Cyprus-based performance artist and founder of the CIPAF, Christina Georgiou. This seven-day intensive workshop is designed to stimulate the creation of new performance art works, and also gives the artists time to connect with one another so they can create a united front.

The artists involved in this year’s CIPAF come from Bolivia, Canada, England, Russia, Italy, Germany, Puerto Rico, Catalonia, Greece and Cyprus.

The study room makes printed and audiovisual material available. This material includes books, catalogues, portfolios and screenings presenting the work of performance artists, collectives, organisations, festivals and other initiatives of Performance Art.

The screening room is where the screening programme will be presented. These include a selection of performances related to the theme of the festival.

Performances will take place from 5pm until 9pm on both days at the Kokkinopezoulas and Kokkinogria mines. The screenings and social activities will run at the Nikos Kouroussis foundation from 9pm until 11pm.

For those from Nicosia and Limassol, there will be a bus transportation to Mitsero on both days. The bus will leave from Nicosia at 4.15pm and from Limassol at 3.15pm. If you are interested in taking the bus, a booking is required. When you make your reservations, you will also be told where you can take the bus from.

For those taking your own vehicles, you also need to reserve a place at the festival and the organisers recommend that you arrive at the Nikos Kouroussis Foundation at 4.30pm.

No matter how you get there make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes.

CIPAF gives newcomer performance artists and the audience a place to create and meet. Each year the festival concentrates on a theme – last year the artists involved looked at the use of homour and its varieties in their work. This year the organisers have opened up the scope of the festival to include nature and make us consider our own actions towards it and how we fit into the bigger picture.

The festival is the perfect diving board from which to introduce performance art to the local community and enhance Cyprus’ art scene, while encouraging relationships with local, national and international networks.

It is open to both artists and the general public and invites everyone to come along to exchange ideas, build collaborations and view some performance arts.

Third Cyprus International Performance Art Festival
Perming art performances, June 11-12. Nikos Kouroussis Foundation and the Mine Kokkinogias in Mitsero, Nicosia. 5pm-9pm at Mine Kokkinopezoulas and 9pm-11pm at the Nikos Kouroussis Foundation. €25 festival pass and €15 for one day. Tel: 99-650113

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