REVOLUTION YOGA 2017

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.

HATCH : MASS

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

http://www.hatchnottingham.org.uk/?p=2391

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.

Update

Yugo Yoga : the Long March will feature on Saturday 13th October at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester as a part of Emergency 2012. 

Lara will perform a durational performance, lasting about 4 hours and featuring some 60 yugo yoga postures. More info about the venue, the festival and my work below:

Word of Warning presents Emergency
A day-long free marathon of the bold, the bizarre and the beautiful.
Saturday 13 October 2012, Manchester

Word of Warning’s second performance collection launches with a manic weekend of all things live on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 October 2012.  Presented as part of the Manchester Weekender, the city explodes in a wave of all things cultural.

The 13th Emergency is the biggest yet: 40 live works in a daytime of installations and interactions at BLANKSPACE and Castlefield Gallery, followed by an evening programme of sit-down performance at Z-arts – and as ever, all free:

A man rolling a giant ball of rubber bands around the city; a woman emerging from a bed of earth; iconic communist iconography through the medium of yoga; and a bear having a shave… canapé-wielding mirror-twins; a Sex and the City homage and a rock-ukulele-pop concert.  1 day, 3 venues, 40 live works.

Emergency takes place on Sat 13 Oct at BLANKSPACE + Castlefield Gallery (12-5pm) and at Z-arts (6-10pm) FREE.  Participating artists include:
70/30 Split  |  Angel Club (north)  |  aswespeakproject  |  Diego Bowie  |  Burrow + Lee  |  Clare Charnley  |  Josh Coates |  Stephanie Douet  |  Evans + Gaskell  | Chris Fitzsimmons  |  Georgie Grace  |  Kitty Graham  |  anton hecht  | Larkin’ About | Liam Herne  |  Yoko Ishiguro  |  Wayne Steven Jackson  |  Miyuki Kasahara  |  Alexandra Kraszkó   |  Alice Malseed  |  Massive Owl + Jenny Duffy  |  Leo Olamerino  |  Julieann O’Malley  |   PK Fiskulturnik  | Platt, Birchall + Hussain  |  Kris Rowland  |  Clarissa Sacchelli  |  Sedated By A Brick  |  Qasim Riza Shaheen  |  Sh!t Theatre  |  Robin Sidwell  |  Lena Simic  |  Nicola Smith  |  Moreno Solinas  |  Streethead  |  Sturgeon’s Law  |  Allan Taylor  |  Katie Taylor  |  Jojo Townsend  |  Sam Treadaway

http://www.wordofwarning.org/current/2012-emergency/CastlefieldGallery/index.html

 

The week after, on Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th  October, Lara will showcase a version of the same performance in London at Testbed 1 Gallery as a part of Acts of…

 

RECENT PERFORMANCES

On Friday 5th October, Lara took  part in Fiona Templeton’s ‘ Bodies of memory’ performance at the Tate Britain.  

 

 

WHITSTABLE BIENNALE – WEEKEND 3

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.

 

National Theatre London – July 7th & 8th

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.