December 10, 2012 § Leave a comment
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.
October 11, 2012 § Leave a comment
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
On Friday 5th October, Lara took part in Fiona Templeton’s ‘ Bodies of memory’ performance at the Tate Britain.
September 13, 2012 § Leave a comment
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.
August 21, 2012 § Leave a comment
Recorded at the National Theatre, London 07/07/12
June 26, 2012 § Leave a comment
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.
June 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
Upcoming Event – come and join us!
Yugo Yoga with Performance Klub Fiskulturnik
07 July 2012
From 11am-4pm Performance Klub Fiskulturnik will guide you through Yugo Yoga – a unique body / mind discipline fusing yoga, mass dance choreography, poses from public sculptures, political slogans and new age messages of self improvement. As you step back in time you’ll experience the echoes of ‘Eastern Block’ mass games and the past and present will collide. Performance Klub Fiskulturnik will be on hand all day for you to experience their unique yoga practice or join them in a mass class at 3pm on the terrace.
FREE, no mats necessary!
Part of Big Dance 2012
June 10, 2012 § Leave a comment
We are presenting a work in progress piece on 12th of June at Jacksons Lane as as a part of Lab:Time evening during the Postcards festival together with 9 other scratch acts / pieces.
We’ll present a 10 min performance conceived during an intensive research day at the Circus Space back in April.
Visual artist / director Lara Ritosa Roberts and circus artist Zoe Jones collaborated on ways of staging a narrative based on the Yellow Wallpaper story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman – a prominent American sociologist, novelist and writer, described as a ‘utopian feminist’.
Written in 1890, in a diaristic style, it follows a woman suffering from ‘mental exhaustion’ and depression, confined to a rest room by her doctor husband in order to recuperate. As a part of her recovery therapy she’s forbidden from writing, expressing herself or socialising. Locked in her room she becomes obsessed with the wallpaper patterns…
For this scratch performance, we added the creative input of film maker and artist Duncan Reekie, a founder member of the infamous Exploding Cinema Collective, who provided projections for the piece. The soundtrack features Marcel Duchamp ‘La mariée mise à nu par ses celibataires même’ and words from the story narrated by Elise Roberts.
More info about the whole evening can be found here.