LIVE WORKS Performance Open Call

Created in 2013 by Centrale Fies, in collaboration with Viafarini, LIVE WORKS – Free School of Performance 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.

The open call LIVE WORKS includes creative residency periods for the 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 project 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 announcement is open to a wide range of performative actions, also including 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 and with no limits on age can enter the announcement, as individuals or in groups, with a single project. The open call only accepts unpublished or long-term projects that need to be developed and/or concluded, for which participation would represent an evolution of the project or its final chapter.

6 artists will be selected and each artist will have:

  • an annual fellowship of € 3,000.00
  • Kick Off Seminar in the dates 19-20-21 July 2024, during Live Works Summit 2024*
  • a 15 day individual residency at Centrale Fies
  • a collective residency together with all the selected artists, at Centrale Fies, in the summer 2025
    in the frame of Live Works Summit 2025

The production of the performance projects during the residency will be supported by diverse types of curatorship, from theoretical to technical development, a Free School of Performance with studio visit, critical session and reading groups.

During the residency phase, Centrale Fies will provide a production and curatorial staff to assist the artists as they develop the selected projects. For the two residencies at Centrale Fies, Centrale Fies covers the travel costs to reach Centrale Fies, food and accommodation for the two residency periods.
The budget of € 3.000,00 will be guaranteed even if the programme changes the form for sanitary emergency reasons.
The performances produced will be presented at Centrale Fies in summer 2025, during the fifth edition of Live Works Summit 2025. On this occasion the projects will be discussed by a board of international professionals, working for festivals, institutions, residencies and production programs that sustain and produce research in performance.
During each evening a program of established guest artists will be presented alongside the projects of the 6 Live Works artists.

The application is online, with a deadline midnight on the 29th March 2024. The artist needs to:

  • Attach their portfolio, including a personal statement (a brief description of the objectives, issues and methodologies you address in your practice) and curriculum vitae. Required format: .pdf. Accepted languages: English, Italian. The documentary material must be contained in a single compressed folder, no bigger than 10 MB.
  • Attach a description of the performance project to be developed during the residency period. The description should include an abstract (max 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 10 MB.
  • 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.
  • Other possible members of the group (co-authors or performers) have to be included within the on-line application form “Names and surnames of other members”, specifying the role of everyone within the submitted project.
  • Pay a € 10,00 registration fee, which partially covers the administrative costs, via the on-line form, or bank transfer.

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