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all over the world!







We are pleased to communicate the 10 projects selected for the final phase of LIVE WORKS Performance Act Award Vol.5

Siamo lieti di comunicare i 10 progetti
selezionati per la fase finale di LIVE WORKS Performance Act Award Vol.5


Alok Vaid-Menon (IN/US) 
Claudia Pagés Rabal (ES) 
Gaetano Cunsolo (IT) 
Kent Chan (SG) 
Lisa Vereertbrugghen (BE) 
Madison Bycroft (AUS) 
Mercedes Azpilicueta (AR) 
Mohamed Abdelkarim (EG) 
Rodrigo Sobarzo de Larraechea (CL) 
Urok Shirhan (IQ/NL)




curated by

Barbara Boninsegna (artistic director of Centrale Fies, Dro)

Simone Frangi (artistic director of Viafarini, Milan)

Daniel Blanga-Gubbay (founder of Aleppo, Brussels)


Fabio Sajiz (technical curator)

Stefania Santoni and Maria Chemello (production)

CONTACT  liveworks@centralefies.it Centrale Fies, Loc. Fies 1, Dro (TN), Italy

LIVE WORKS is a platform dedicated to live contemporary practices that contribute to deepening and broadening the idea of performance, following the current evolution of performance and its styles. This platform aims to measure the concreteness of performance in the real world, investigating the double of nature of LIVE - in person and alive - highlighting those moments in which performance integrates with the dynamics of life.

Created in 2013 by Centrale Fies, in collaboration with Viafarini, the LIVE WORKS platform includes: LIVE WORKS Performance Act Award, The Free School of Performance, Centrale Fies Performance Art Collection.

LIVE WORKS  Performance Act Award_Vol. 5

 The award LIVE WORKS includes a creative residency period, for nine selected projects. LIVE WORKS sees performance as a work space, and as an instrument and cultural exercise. Starting from the notion of performance in the visual art practice, the prize is unique in its particular attention to hybrid research, underlining the openness and fluidity of performance, its social and political implications and its level of public understandability. The competition is open to a wide range of emerging performative actions, including: Performances, sound and new media arts, text-based performances, lecture performances, multimedia storytelling, choreographic practices, relational and workshop-based projects, and other projects questioning the idea of performativity beyond the body.

Artists and professionals from any geographic location can enter the competition, as individuals or in groups, with a single project. The competition only accepts unpublished or long-term projects that need to be developed and/or concluded, for which participation would represent an evolution of the project or it’s final chapter.

The nine projects selected by LIVE WORKS will be invited to participate in a production residency at Centrale Fies from the 10th to the 20th July 2017,  during which each project will have a budget of 1000,00 to contribute to the production of the performance.

The production of the performance projects during the residency will be supported by diverse types of curatorship, from theoretical to technical development.

During the residency phase, Centrale Fies will provide a technician and a production manager to assist the artists as they develop the selected projects. The residency phase is an essential part of the development of the competition and of the selected projects.

In the event that the residency cannot be carried out in the period indicated in the competition announcement, it is possible to organize alternative forms of residency. The proposal for an alternative residency must be justified by the typology and characteristics of the projects presented.

The performances produced will be presented during the 37th edition of the Drodesera Festival of Performing Arts (21st, 22nd, 23rd July 2017). On this occasion, the nine winning projects will be seen and discussed by a board of international professionals, working for festival, institutions residency and production programs that sustain and produce research in performance. The board will be actively involved in public and private meetings with the nine artists.

The nine selected projects can benefit of a further 10-day residency at Centrale Fies in a period betweenthe 1st August and  the 31st December 2017.

For Live Works vol. 5 the guest board is composed by:

Lorenzo Benedetti (Director of Kunstmuseum St. Gallen);

Vincent Honoré (Chief curator at David Roberts Art Foundation, London and curator of the XIII Baltic Triennale); 

Eva Neklyaeva (Director of Santarcangelo Festival);

Manuel Segade (Director of Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid and curator of Spanish Pavillion at 57th Venice Biennale);

Christine Tohmé (Director of Ashkal Alwan, Beirut and curator of Sharjah Biennial 13).


Artists who intend to participate must:

1.     Fill in the online participation form here (https://liveworks.wufoo.com/forms/m1ud5zv71t1p6hr/

2.     Attach their portfolio, including a personal statement and curriculum vitae. Required format: pdf.

Accepted languages: english, italian. The documentary material must be contained in a single compressed folder, no bigger than 10mb.

3.    Attach a description of the performance project to be developed during the residency period. The description should include an abstract (max. 1000 characters / three A4 pages, including photos, images) in pdf format. Accepted languages: english, italian. The documentary material must be contained in a single compressed folder, no bigger than 10mb.

4.     Attach links to any audiovisual material. Accepted formats: avi, mov, mpeg, mp4, mp3. Accepted languages: all.
The material must be contained in an external server (vimeo, YouTube, other) with the link and any necessary password provided.

5.     Pay a € 24,00 registration fee, which partially covers the administrative costs, via on-line form (https://liveworks.wufoo.com/forms/m1ud5zv71t1p6hr/) or bank transfer.

Registration for participation must be sent by midnight on the 31st March 2017. Candidates who submit after this deadline will not be accepted.

During the residency period, the organisation will cover room and board costs. Beyond the budget get by each artist, transport costs will be reimbursed up to a maximum of € 200,00 for each of the projects selected. For foreign candidates, Centrale Fies will seek to provide a letter of invitation for eventual applications for a grant or mobility fellowship.

The selection will be conducted in two phases: the nine projects finalists will be adjudicated by the main curators. The nine selected projects will take part to the residency phase and will be presented on the evening of 21st 22nd and 23rd July 2017.  Each evening includes the presentation of three projects and a guest performer.


16 th February 2017 | competition announcement

31st March 2017 | competition entry deadline

24th April 2017 | participants announcement

10th - 20th July 2017 | the residences of the participants

21st - 23rd July 2017 | performance presentations

1st August- 31st December | time-frame for a second 10-day individual residency in Centrale Fies


The competition registration fee partially covers the administration costs, and amounts to € 24,00. The artists must keep a copy of the payment made. The registration fee is not reimbursable.

The payment of the registration fee can be made:

•    On-line with a credit card

Within the registration form, making the payment in the relevant section through the PayPal service (if the credit card is not in the name of the person participating directly in the competition, it is obligatory to specific the name of the card-holder in the on-line registration form).

•    Bank transfer

As an alternative to payments made with PayPal, it is possible to register for the competition using a bank transfer. In this case, it is obligatory to make the transfer before filling in the online form.

In the payment section of the form, participants should insert the reference code of the transfer:

CASSA RURALE ALTO GARDA - IBAN: IT42M0801634760000001141273 - BICCCRTIT2T04A - in the name of IL GAVIALE soc. coop. the payment description should be “Registration LIVE WORKS 2016, name and surname of the artist / name of group”.

We do not accept any charges for transfer costs, on penalty of registration cancellation.

Centrale Fies is a space organized for live spectacles, and is equipped with specific technical equipment. Together with the competition announcement, a downloadable kit with diagrams and images of the space is available on http://www.centralefies.it/space.html

The evaluation of the performance project’s feasibility within the requirementsstated in the competition announcement is the responsibility of the artist.

For further information please write to liveworks@centralefies.it

Participants must guarantee the intellectual property of the developed presentations. The work that involve non-original music or images must guarantee the relative rights and must cover any eventual rights necessary.

The material presented and the performance produced will remain the property of the author.

In the framework of LIVE WORKS, Centrale Fies is setting up a permanent Collection of Performance Art whose aim, beyond the simple documentation, is to explore different possible relations between ephemeral production and its traces, and to question the notion of performativity in objects and traces.

During the residency, artists are asked to consider this questions as well as invited to participate to the Collection through a donation if they and Centrale Fies consider it appropriate.

Centrale Fies reserves the right to publish the candidacy, without additional advisement, and to organize various activities for the appropriate promotion of the project and its participants.

The Competition Authority is Centrale Fies: Il Gaviale Società Cooperativa, via Gramsci 13, 38074 - Dro (TN). Participation in the competition requires complete and unconditional acceptance.Any dispute is settled by the Court of Trento. The translation of the current competition announcement is for informational purpose only. In case of disputes, the Italian text will be the sole reference point.

Info: liveworks@centralefies.it