Revolution Yoga is a 2017 take on PK Fiskulturnik’s Yugo Yoga piece (2008-2013) as a nod to 100 years since the Russsian revolution. It will be performed at Test Dept’s Assembly of Disturbance festival at Red Gallery, London on 6 & 7th Ocotober 2017.
Join PK Fiskulturnik in this participatory performances that fuses elements of yoga, archived physical exercises (fiskultura), poses from socialist-realist sculptures, revolutionary slogans and New age messages of self improvement. Whilst emphasising a need for theory to manifest itself as a practical deed, Revolution Yoga wishes to communicate through an act of embodiment – directly to and through the body. The viewers are invited to immerse themselves directly in the artwork thus arousing the spirit of egality and collaboration.
Final Yugo yoga performance this year will happen on 12/12/12 at Nottingham’s Spanky Van Dykes. More info about the event can be found at the link below
Yugo yoga is a series of participatory performances that cross over visual art, live art & movement theatre by fusing elements of yoga, archived physical exercises (fiskultura), poses and gestures from figurative revolutionary sculptures, political slogans and New age messages of self improvement. Coined from ‘Yugoslavia’ – (the country of Lara Ritosa Roberts’ birth that no longer exists) & ‘yoga’, the union, the performance revisits European communist cultural heritage whilst raising issues of collectivism & social happiness in contemporary society. It also draws a parallel between physical effort and determination of spirit – a need for theory to manifest itself as a practical deed. Yugo yoga is adaptable, site specific & responsive piece that wishes to communicate through an act of embodiment – directly to and through the body. Since its conception in 2008, Lara has been developing Yugo yoga both as a solo and group piece in a variety of settings and contexts: from parks, city squares, clubs, theatres and galleries to workshops and conferences. The material is often presented as a group 20 min long ‘intervention’ or lately as a durational installation piece using projections. Yugo yoga featured at many festivals and events including Tate Britain (2010), Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade (2011) & Whitstable Biennale (2012) to name but a few.
Lara was invited to present her PK Fiskulturnik performances at this years Whitstable Biennale. She’s joined for this occasion by a contemporary dancer Klaudia Wittman and acctress Elise Roberts.
Three themes run through this years performance programme as a whole: Delivering Text, Moving Sculpture and Faith & Trickery. We’re performing Fragments from The Yellow wallpaper, Yugo yoga and A Story Which will never be finished on saturday 15th September At The Royal Native Oyster Store from 8pm.
At 5pm on the 16th – come and join us in mass Yugo yoga practice on the beach in front of the Biennale HQ.
Recorded at the National Theatre, London 07/07/12
We are presenting our new work in progress performance at Watch This Space, National Theatre, London as a part of Gone in 20 Minutes(Gi20) festival, on the 7th & 8th of July 2012, at 5 pm.
Gi20, now in its second year, is a national showcase supporting 10 emerging artists and companies to develop and present new work at two high-profile arts festivals in the UK.
Lara Ritosa Roberts is working with a contemporary dancer Lisa Hood and circus artist / trick bike performer Alice Allart on devising a new 20 minute piece ‘ A Story Which will Never be Finished…’ combining movement theatre, performance art and sound within a minimalist setting that echoes the aesthetics of protest. The sound collage features poems by Vladimir Mayakovsky & text by Leonid Andreyev.