October — Performance Art
The Embassy of Foreign Artists will host a collective residency involving 3 artists, this residency project was initiated by the Embassy of Foreign Artists’ Richard Le Quellec and with Pro Helvetia Zurich. The idea was to test a new format of collective residency.
The invited artists include Iranian dancer and choreographer Mohammad Abbasi, South African performance artist Gavin Krastin, and Anastasia Proshutinskaya, a curator and researcher on dance and performances practices from Russia.
Krastin is a performance/live artist, theatre-maker, scenographer and arts educator with an interest in the body’s representation in alternative and layered spaces. His work is inspired by his immediate South African environment and the histories and performative identities embedded in its shifting post-colonial and de-colonial socio-political climate.
Krastin holds a Master of Arts Degree in choreography and performance and an undergraduate degree in drama and art history and visual cultures.
“The dove-tailing of these various influences is fundamental to my work as I aim to interrogate space, choreograph the visual and augment the body-silhouette,” he says.
He has lectured at Rhodes University and worked with the First Physical Theatre Company. He currently operates from nomadic creative spaces in Cape Town, often collaborating with his partner, choreographer Alan Parker, and lectures part-time at the University of Cape Town.