Buffer Fringe VII (2020)

The Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival continues to bridge the divide in Cyprus and responding to the needs of the time, by bringing artists and audiences together from around the world in 2020 with an innovative artistic program, presented on the brand new festival blog.

By rising to the challenges presented by the Covid-19 and the restrictions in crossings, the blog is a new addition to the Buffer Fringe. Furthermore, the blog was developed to draw attention to the value of artistic creation and to provide an alternative platform where the artists can share their creative process behind their performances under the theme “Displacement”. The live festival will be presented on stage in early December, island wide.

Main Organizer: Home for Cooperation & Association for Historical Dialogue & Research (AHDR)

Co-Organizer: ONEK

Festival Partners:  IMPACT, Mitos, Pasaj, Gallatin Galleries and Open University 

 5 Things you should know about Buffer Fringe 2020!

The Buffer Fringe Blog can be accessed at www.bufferfringe.org where all details about this year’s edition, performers and performances can be found, as well as with the artists’ work in progress and their creative process.

Below is a line-up of each artist and a bit about themselves/their team, which can also be found in our blog!

Artists’ line-up:

1. PASHIAS

Country: Cyprus
Type of Performance: Inter-disciplinary
Bio:
PASHIAS is a visual artist, active in the field of performance art, installation and photography, heading this project in idea development, execution, as well as aesthetic and conceptual direction. Katerina Scoufaridou is an architect and designer, responsible for navigating the performance’s spatial relation to site-specificity and design parameters. Iosif Hadjikiriakos is the head of the Phivos Stavrides Foundation, responsible for idea development and archival research, composing documentation and writings assessing the artwork’s significance to current sociopolitical identity issues.

2. Die Wolke

Country: Greece
Type of Performance: Inter-disciplinary
Bio:
Drosia Triantaki: performance, choreography
Drosia will choreograph and perform the piece. She has extensive experience with interactive systems and working with qualities of movement.

Dani Joss: sound art, programming
Dani will implement the interactive system in the Supercollider programming language, and will compose the soundscape composition. He will also be present live on stage.

Ioannis Perisoratis: hardware & electronics
Ioannis will work on the hardware interfaces, sensors, wireless communication systems, and networking, as well as the necessary mechanical hardware.

Alfonso De Grandis: sound art
Alfonso will work with the non-interactive aspects of the soundscape composition. Alfonso and Dani are frequent collaborators in the sound art vehicle Paradigm Weave.

 3. Kat Kats

Country: Australia
Type of Performance: Inter-disciplinary
Bio:
Kat Kats is a writer and dramaturg who writes for stage, screen and live art. Her works have been performed in Australia and internationally. Kat holds a Masters in Writing for Performance and has trained alongside renowned Australian artists Jenny Kemp, Raimondo Cortese, and New York artists Sibyl Kempson, Mac Wellman and 7 Daughters of Eve.

Bryce Ives is an Artistic Director, theatre maker, director, writer, creative producer, and composer. His company, Present Tense, has produced work with Australia’s most significant arts organisations including the Castlemaine State Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Arena Theatre, big hART, Theatre Works, and Rawcus Theatre.

Kyriaki Theodorou is a Cypriot Fashion Art Director, focusing on illustration, styling, graphics, and mixed media collage. Her passion lies in working with different textures to create unique images. She is the creative director and founder of Κίτρινες Ποδιές – a creative arts centre for children in Larnaca.

 

4. Yasemin Collective

Country: Cyprus
Type of Performance: Performance Art- Theatre
Bio:
Γιασεμίν (Yasemin) is a local newborn artistic collective whose aim is to set Art free from its traditional settings to involve marginalised spectators and participants, where the benefits of Art wouldn’t normally reach them otherwise. Just like the native plant jasmine, the collective wants to allow Art to ‘smell’ in the whole island to all communities that live in and consider Cyprus their home. Three of the members of Yasemin, Natalia Panagiotou, Annie Sofocleous and Despina Chrysanthou, whose paths crossed recently, view Arts as a catalyst for social change. They all have a background in formal and non-formal Theatre and Performing Arts education from different parts of the world (Cyprus, England, France, Spain, Mexico, Chile) making their collaboration an abundance of knowledge exchange that blooms through their common thirst for understanding the world as a stage and the citizens as actors for a fairer world.

 

5. Vikram Iyengar

Country: India
Type of Performance: Inter-disciplinary
Bio:
Vikram Iyengar: concept and direction

Vikram is an arts leader and connector based in Calcutta, India and working internationally. A dancer-choreographer, arts writer, and curator-presenter, his scope of work spans practice, discourse, critique and management, and revolves around the central tenet of creating deep connections with and through the arts.

 Lav Kanoi: researcher, performer and creative collaborator

Lav is an interdisciplinary academic currently undertaking doctoral research at Yale University jointly in the Department of Anthropology and the School of Environment. He is also drawn equally to text and performance, and has previously published creative and scholarly translations across classical and contemporary languages.

 Vicky Long : researcher and creative collaborator

Vicky is a multi-disciplinary artist, interested in how cultural practice can affect and effect change. Her studio practice – studiolong.co.uk – is based in Vauxhall, London. It sets out to make surprising, life affirming work, creating installations, environments and telling stories in unusual spaces.

 

6. Cie K&A

Country: Switzerland
Type of Performance: Inter-disciplinary
Bio:
8102, is a growing project & community initiated by the artist duo K&A, formed by Karla Isidorou & Alexandra Bellon. Mixing their different backgrounds and their complex cultural roots they spread poetical & political concepts. In their work the single signature is killed, they work within an equal collective atmosphere. By de-sponging & de-stealing the world K&A extract the matiére premiére that will be distilled again. Out of continuous distillations wor(l)ds arise to invite/invade the public. Part of 8102 is a growing community of humans with different ages, cultures, professions and conceptions of the world. Each one of them works on their notebook to create a world in more than 6000 years: 8102. A few of them: Jade (2006/FR), Hildegard (1942/NL), Giorgos (1975/GR), Christian (1955/CH) etc.

 

7.  Argyro Nicolaou

Country: United States
Type of Performance: Inter-disciplinary
Bio:
Argyro Nicolaou (writer, director, performer) – Argyro is a scholar and filmmaker based in New York City. Her research focuses on the representation of Mediterranean displacements in literature, film, and visual art. In her media practice, Argyro uses historical research and video to conduct a contemporary media archaeology which excavates liminal and underrepresented modes of being and knowing in Europe’s Mediterranean periphery. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton.

 Polymnia Tsinti (media archive researcher, media editor) – Polymnia Tsinti is an artist filmmaker and a Fine Arts graduate from the University of Nicosia. Her ongoing interest in notions of performativity of the everyday via the cinematic image is informed by critically engaging with video art and media theory.

 Argyro and Polymnia first worked together on Argyro’s short film I, Tony, about Cypriot fashion photographer Tony Moussoulides. They share a common passion for media art, performance, and decolonial theory.

  

8.  Collectiva Inanna

Country: Cyprus
Type of Performance: Inter-disciplinary
Bio:
Four women with roots in different parts of the Eastern Mediterranean will write and perform together:

Reem Maghribi is a UN consultant, NGO director, gender specialist, story curator and narrative artist (www.reemmaghribi.com). Manuella Mavromichalis is an exhibited artist, novel writer, art educator and poetry slam finalist. (www.manuellamavromichalis.com). Bahriye Kemal is a published British-Cypriot poet-performer, writer, activist, academic, university lecturer and post-colonialist. (https://bit.ly/3ewEjCg). Maria Kouvarou is a PhD in Musicology, a published creative writer and a performer. (https://bit.ly/3gC0wR9)

They will be supported by: Omar Alshikh is a journalist and poet and curator of the story collection “Belonging in the Diaspora”. Loizos Constantinou is a contemporary dancer, choreographer and instructor. Adi Atassi is a Syrian-Cypriot artist with a long history exploring and exhibiting on the island. Sharq.Org is an NGO specialised in story curation, cultural production and identities of the Mediterranean Basin & Middle East.

 

9. Instant Dissidence

Country: Ireland
Type of Performance: Dance
Bio:
Artistic Director: Rita Marcalo

Project Manager: Kristina Lomas

Dancers: Amber Howells, Amber Bosteels, Nora Aas, Isla Hurst, Luis Dunn, Kieran West

 

10. Omiros Panayides and Eva Korae

Country: Cyprus
Type of Performance: Inter-disciplinary
Bio:
Omiros is an Assistant Professor at the School of Fine and Applied Arts at the Cyprus University of Technology and coordinator at the Semiotics and Visual Communication Lab. He is broadly interested in hand-on exploitation and experimentation of various materials and printing techniques, letterforms, storytelling and narrative by exploring/utilizing various graphic design aspects and mediums.

Eva has been working as Special Training Staff at the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology. Her research interests lie in the visual aspect of contemporary art, dance and theatre. She designs, makes and exhibits her own contemporary furniture/ three-dimensional designs with an emphasis on sustainability and upcycling.

 

11.Monica Ann Day

Country: United States
Type of Performance: Inter-disciplinary
Bio:
Placeholder straddles two worlds, academic research and artistic expression, as does the creative team. Lead researcher/artist Monica Anna Day regularly uses creativity to inspire personal transformation, peacebuilding and social justice. Her expertise is in literary arts and creating sensory experiences, and she is also a master’s degree candidate in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at Arcadia University. Her advisor and program director Dr. Warren Hafar will oversee the academic aspect of the project. Rounding out the team are two visual artists who will assist in translating the raw sensory data into visual art. Oju Ayọ is a Brooklyn-based artist, intuitive face painter, and creator of Dragon Coloring Meditation Journal Series. She holds a bachelor’s in art with a concentration in psychology. Stefanie Menack is a NJ-based multimedia intuitive artist with a B.Sc. Hons. in Psychology with a minor in Fine Art and Design from Middlesex University in the UK.

 

12. CCFT

Countries: Scotland, England, Norway and Cyprus
Type of Performance: Inter-disciplinary
Bio:
Susan Brind & Jim Harold (Artists, Glasgow School of Art), Yiorgos Hadjichristou (Architect, University of Nicosia), Duncan Higgins (Artist, Nottingham Trent University and University of Bergen), Linda Lien (Designer, Norway), Shauna McMullan (Artist, Glasgow School of Art), Johan Sandborg (Artist, University of Bergen), Ana Souto (Architectural Historian, Nottingham Trent University).

 

13. Balin Palmer and Mixalis Aristidou

Country: Cyprus
Type of Performance: Inter-disciplinary
Bio:
Balin Palmer is a creative movement artist who researches the concept of reaching into our highest potential through the use of movement and breath. She has studied various disciplines such as dance, pilates, yoga, holistic psychology, breath, etc to have a wide range of knowledge to further her understanding of the body’s relation to its surrounding. She has dedicated her life to uncover a method that would carry the individual to her highest potential by transforming their perception through movement and breath.

Mixalis Aristidou trained as an actor before moving to the UK to pursue an MA in Training Actors at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he specialised in movement. Currently, he teaches movement for actors at Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and is the Lead Movement tutor for the BA Acting programme at University of Northampton. As movement director he has worked for productions in the UK, France, Spain and Cyprus. www.mixalisaristidou.com

 

14. BFPAF 2020 Partnership with MITOS & PASAJ

Elena Agathokleous and Nurtane Karagil

Country: Cyprus
Type of Performance: Inter-disciplinary
Bio:
Elena Agathokleous is a director, performer and culture operator, as well as co-founder, artistic director and production director of MITOS (Limassol centre of performing arts). With post-Grotowski theatrical education, she participates in international/European programs and meetings on performers’ techniques and the role/responsibilities/functions of the performing arts. She designs/leads European programs, festivals and residency programs. She works for the sustainability of the art space Vinegar Factory. Lastly, she is a theatre instructor for the lipasma program, for theatrical workshops in school-priority zones and for international workshops for professionals/amateurs.

Nurtane Karagil is a Famagusta based multi-disciplinary independent artist. She has university teaching experience, collaborates with non-profit community organisations, works with/mentors young people and creates mural painting. Her work utilises the power of memory, dreams and surreal fantasies to create another reality that combines her childhood memories and chaotic everyday life in Cyprus. Her collaborative work seeks possible potential among participants towards their creative optimum, as a mentor and consultant.

The participant artists will be confirmed.