Live Art Can Change Your Life


Q: How many performance artists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: I don’t know, I left after 3 hours.

Live art isn’t always durational, po-faced or boring; in fact it can be whatever you want it to be! What’s more, performance art might even change your life for the better and this workshop definitely will. I will lead you through a variety of practical exercises that not only introduce you to the history of performance art, but will raise your energy, lower your blood pressure and occasionally make you laugh. No experience necessary, just a healthy dose of curiosity about performance art and perhaps, life in general.

We’ll warm up with exercises by two of Oriana’s idols: Augusto Boal, the man who invented the Theatre of the Oppressed, and Cher, the legendary diva. After that we will discuss how the performance practices of Eleanor Antin, Miranda July, Franko B, Tehching Hsieh, Jo Spence, Vito Acconci and others have affected their lives and their audiences. Participants will then have the chance to develop and perform original pieces and re-enactments based on simple instructions.

This workshop can take place over 1 to 2 days. For more details, download this pdf.