PERFINST *

The concept of perfinst (performance + installation) fundamentally comprises two languages, one theatrical, the other visual, both flowing simultaneously during performance without necessarily being dependent on each other.

The performative language - inspired by the concepts of theatre, dance and body-art - uses both existing texts (socially, politically and ecologically engaged plays), texts created specifically for the production or the absence of text, and the careful construction of characters through movement and the introduction of art forms – as demanded by the nature of the scenes – allied to the exploration of the physical limits
of the human body.

Inspired by both the visual arts and the cinema, the starting point for the artistic language includes the location - normally unconventional - the objects (which do not necessarily function as conventional stage props), the performer's characterisation and the moving or still images as well as the meticulous creation of a wardrobe, or its absence, and the creative use of light and sound.

The artistic and performative languages coexist within the performance as independent drives, touching, diverging, multiplying possibilities, interrelating references, offering each spectator to an individual and personal experience.

Perfinst, aims to use the close actor-audience interaction to induce the spectator to use all of his five senses. The active participation of the audience may even influence the daily course of the show.

The intention is to create powerful aesthetic art objects of a clearly interventionist nature from both an anthropological, sociological and ecological perspective

* Expression first used by Luis Castro in 1996 in London, UK, for the creation of COMB (Smith's Galleries and I.C.A), a performance that did not fit into the concepts of Theatre, Dance, Theatre/Dance or the Fine Arts.




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