Between September 1 to September 8, 2018, Lviv will host the SCHOOL OF PERFORMANCE within the framework of the festival Days of Performance Art. This is the only training ground in Ukraine where you can learn from experience shared by recognized experts of performance art from all over the world.

This year’s SCHOOL OF PERFORMANCE includes an integral cycle of master classes, targeted primarily at attaining individual results for each participant. The School offers a training process open to all forms and circumstances related to the art of performance, and, therefore, it is not a closed laboratory. At the end of the training, the School participants will have a chance to present their own ideas within the framework of the festival.

“Training practice revealed to the public as an open show makes the Lviv project one of the most outstanding presentations of the art of performance in Europe. The confrontation of the youngest performers and experienced participants in the international artistic movement, in particular from Spain, Great Britain, Israel, Ukraine, Indonesia, and Poland, yields fruit in the form of new contacts and information exchange, which is priceless for the development of art.” (Janusz Baldyga, Curator of the SCHOOL OF PERFORMANCE)

Each year, the School develops training proposals, offering the opportunity to work together with new teachers – artists who implement original copyrighted practices. This strategy contributes to enriching the experience of school participants.

This year’s SCHOOL OF PERFORMANCE will include three training groups with master classes conducted by experienced performers: JANUSZ BALDYGA from Poland, BARTOLOMÉ FERRANDO from Spain, and MARTINE VIALE from France.

JANUSZ BALDYGA will carry on with the concept of thematic master classes and offer the topic: “STATIC PERFOMANCE – DYNAMICS OF MOTIONLESS”, where students will explore the moment of motionlessness, standstill as a culmination of action.

BARTOLOMÉ FERRANDO, artist, educator, and curator of many festivals and practical educational projects related to performance art, who works in the genre of visual and vocal poetry, will hold the master class “IN THE SOUND WORK”.

MARTINE VIALE’s master class “LABORATORY OF THE BODY” will focus on the various ways to bond with time and space, using the body as a research laboratory. For fifteen years, Viale has been conducting intensive master classes in Montreal (Canada), as well as in Chicago (USA), France and Brussels, and recently in Catalonia (Spain).

The School’s program of master classes will also include the performance lecture DESCENSION by VOLODYMYR KAUFMAN.

Alongside the School’s activity, there will be performances by Ukrainian artists ANTON SAIENKO and KOSTYANTYN ZORKIN, LIOR KARIE and GALIA PAVLICHENKO from Israel, MARTINE VIALE and PASCALE CIAPP from France, JANUSZ BALDYGA from Poland, SIGMUND SKARD from Norway and BARTOLOMÉ FERRANDO from Spain.

Training at the SCHOOL OF PERFORMANCE and performance shows will take place in the period from September 1 to September 7. At the end of the festival, there will be an open discussion of the results of the project among the School participants and audience of the festival.

You can register for the SCHOOL OF PERFORMANCE from August 10 to August 23, 2018 by filling out the electronic form at:

The key selection criterion will be the personal motivation of potential students.

You will be notified about your admission by August 25.

The main venue of the festival: Dzyga Gallery, 35 Virmenska Street

Curators: Volodymyr Kaufman (Ukraine), Janusz Baldyga (Poland)

Art Director – Lida Savchenko-Duda (Ukraine)

Organizers and partners of the festival: Lviv City Council, Dzyga Art Association, Virmenska-thirty-five (Lviv), Polish Institute in Kyiv, Embassy of the State of Israel to Ukraine, OCA Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Alliance Française Lviv.

the Program STATIC PERFORMANCE – DYNAMICS OF MOTIONLESS by Janusz Baldyga [2018]

September 02 – September 04, 10:00-14:00,
the Program STATIC PERFORMANCE – DYNAMICS OF MOTIONLESS by Janusz Baldyga in frame of the School of Performance 2018.

Last year we accepted the concept of thematic workshops, that time the theme was Presence. The next important element and task for this year participants will be a creation of a common space that will form the workshop context for the first phase, and it will define the behavior of all participants.

I offer the theme “STATIC PERFORMANCE – DYNAMICS OF MOTIONLESS” for this year. We work with the moment of motionless, stop as culmination of an action. Of course, it does not mean that the classes will be abstract from the dynamics. On the contrary, our task will be to search for the relationship between the state of the motionless and the dynamic action. The use of the objects directs our attention to gravity, equilibrium, and overload. We must be aware of the flow of time and the associated exhaustion, which leads to the stoppage of the action.

We are aware of the allusion to the issues of the art of the second half of the twentieth century – I mean the traditions of body art, arte povera or art interventions, which operate such meanings as silence, motionless, emptiness and nothing. We will focus on such concepts as, at a minimum, silence, emptiness, to counteract it to the dynamics of chaos, exaggeration, and overage.

I would like to quote William Blake’s words: “Enough! That is to say, too much … “. They talk about the constant need for the reduction and the threat of unnecessary things and concepts. We are trying to confront restraint and chaos. If we are treating the notion of excess as a keyword, describing the issues of our actions, we can recall its opposite, encoded in the concepts of selection, reduction or the need for choice. So, we appeal to the reduction, excluding superfluous, often useful, but not obligatory things. Clearing the following circles of meanings and means, we approach the essence of the message, the rod around which the sign is constructed.

The issues of the workshops:

1 – Motionless, silence, nothing

2 – Gravity and motionless (a throw and a fall)

3 – Line or point

4 – Map – movement, wandering

5 – The paradox of “dynamics of motionless”

6 – Stop-performance is the art of stoppage.


the Program LABORATORY OF THE BODY by Martine Viale [2018]

September 02 – September 04, 10:00-14:00,
the Program LABORATORY OF THE BODY by Martine Vial in frame of the School of Performance 2018.

This workshop will be addressing  different ways to connect with time and space while using the body as a place of research.

We will be looking at how duration can transform our vision and inform the directions of our actions.

Through fine observations and exercices designed to broader our sense of attention, we will be integrating different possibilities of exploring intimacy with ourselves, with others and with places.

Working with a wide variety of experimental situations, participants will develop skills to communicate with the body and transform ideas into a performance work.

The emphasis will be placed both on solo and group explorations as well as on performance process.


MARTINE VIALE  born in 1968 in Montreal, Canada,  lives and works in Perpignan, France.

Viale creates installations using the process of performance.

In her work she values time, a direct engagement with the space and process action, allowing her to develop many perspectives at once.

For the last fifteen years, Martine Viale has been offering intensive workshops in Montreal, Canada as well as in Chicago, France and Brussels and more recently in Catalonia, Spain.



the Program IN THE SOUND WORK by Bartolomé Ferrando [2018]

September 01 – September 03, 10:00-14:00,
the Program IN THE SUND WORK by Bartolomé Ferrando in frame of the School of Performance 2018.

1 − First of all, I show you a system that I created, based on the history of phonetic poetry, for the decomposition of language.

2 − Through the use of newspapers, we create a new language and work both individually and collectively

3 − We work some historical pieces of phonetic poetry

4 − We do practices of semantic and asemantic oral simultaneism

5 − We work on the relationship between writing, gesture and sound

6 − We work on the relationship between performance and voice. Various practices.



BARTOLOMÉ FERRANDO Valencia, Spain, 1951
Performer and visual poet.
Teacher of intermedia and performance art in the Universitat Politècnica de València

Member of Flatus Vocis Trio (phonetic poetry), Taller de Música Mundana (object music) Rojo (free jazz and performance) and JOP (improvised music and voice)

Performances in: Spain, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Holland, Finnland, Sweden, Norway, Canadá, México, USA, Japan, China, Singapoor, Vietnam, Israel, Czech R, Slovaquia, Germany, Rumania, Korea, Denmark, Belarus, Chile, Ecuador, Argentina and Dominican R.

“I always take the poetic image as a starting point in my work in the realm of visual poetry, object poetry, object book, sound poetry, installation and performance. The sphere of poetry helps me to build, to construct pieces and structures which I can use to approach and head into the areas of music, plastic art and action.

The result of all this is an oeuvre that could be categorised and set in the field of intermediate art, a practice in which the most prominent feature is that a work can be interpreted from the angle of at least two different artistic domains, since it straddles both areas.

I would finally like to add the fact that humour can be found in many of my objects and performances, trying to make its presence felt from the interiority of the pieces.” Bartolomé Ferrando

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