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A research project devoted to uncovering and archiving the history of Performance Art in Wales.

Prosiect ymchwil i ddadorchuddio ac archifo hanes Celf Perfformio yng Nghymru.

Winner of the David Bradby TaPRA Award for Research in International Theatre and Performance 2011.

If you have any information on performance in Wales that could be of use to the project, please get in touch!

Whether you are an artist who has made performance work in Wales, or an audience member who once witnessed a performance (voluntarily or involuntarily!), we would be pleased to hear from you.
Any material will be of interest - from actual pieces of documentation to vague memories of events caught out of the corner of one's eye.
mail@performance-wales.org

Cysylltwch â ni os oes gennych unrhyw wybodaeth am berfformio yng Nghymru a allai fod o ddefnydd i'r prosiect!

Efallai eich bod yn artist sydd wedi gwneud gwaith perfformio yng Nghymru, neu'n aelod o gynulleidfa a welodd berfformiad unwaith (o'ch gwirfodd neu'n anwirfoddol!). Pwy bynnag ydych chi, hoffem glywed gennych.
Bydd unrhyw ddeunydd o ddiddordeb - o ddogfennau gwreiddiol i atgofion amwys am ddigwyddiadau a welwyd o gornel y llygad.
Mae'r manylion cyswllt wedi'u rhestru dan 'Cyswllt' yma, neu gallwch anfon e-bost i'r cyfeiriad hwn: mail@performance-wales.org

Project Director Cyfarwyddwr Prosiect: Heike Roms
Dept Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University
Adran Astudiaethau Theatr, Ffilm a Theledu Prifysgol

Contact: Professor Heike Roms
Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies
Adran Astudiaethau Theatr, Ffilm a Theledu Prifysgol
Aberystwyth University
Adeilad Parry-Williams Building
Aberystwyth SY23 3AJ,
UK phone ffon: (+44) 1970 - 621911 (direct uniongyrchol) mail@performance-wales.org

Funded by Wedi ei drawsgronni gan:
ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL (AHRC) (2009-2011)
(CYNGOR YMCHWIL Y CELFYDDYDAU A’R DYNIAETHAU) (2009-2011)
ARTS COUNCIL OF WALES (ACW) (2006-2008)
CYNGOR CELFYDDYDAU CYMRU (CCC) (2006-2008)
SIR DAVID HUGHES PARRY AWARD 2006, 2008
ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FUND (2007)

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What's Welsh for Performance? Beth yw 'performance' yn Gymraeg?

:15 events from 15 years: 1978

:1965 :1966 :1967 :1968 :1969 :1970 :1971 :1972 :1973 :1974 :1975 :1976 :1977 :1978 :1979

   

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Nigel Rolfe

Red Tower and The Treatment of Individual Parts

09 June 1978 and 10 June 1978

Cardiff: Chapter Arts Centre, Gallery

[Photo: courtesy of David Brier Archive Collection (Private)]

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Red Tower

On Friday June 9th 1978 at 8pm Nigel Rolfe will present a Sculptural Performance in Chapter Gallery Market Road Canton Cardiff. He would be glad to see you there.
(Invitation Card: reprinted in: Nigel Rolfe. Archive. Dublin: Irish Museum of Modern Art, 1994, without page number)

'Nigel gives art knockdown look' - by Mike Slater

CRUNCH! THAT'S Nigel Rolfe proving that if you want to get around in the art world you have to use your head.
For Nigel is into sculpture in motion - head first into it you might say - and at Chapter Arts Centre last night he gave Cardiff a preview of "Red Tower", the work he is shortly taking on a British tour.
First he painstakingly builds a tower of red tiles.
Then, donning a crash helmet, he dives into it knocking it flat.
A similar performance at the National Eisteddfod at Wrexham last year aroused a storm of controersy but Nigel insists that the 300-plus audience there understood and applauded.
"I dont' think I work in a sensational way", he said last night. "This is the sort of thing I do privately, quietly in my own home and have been doing for some time."
The 28-year-old lecturer in sculpture at the National College of Art, Dublin, is resigned to criticism of his work.
"I accept it", he says. "Like a lesson in life."
He is going to America soon to exhibit there but Red Tower is something New Yorkers will miss out on.
"There are problems in taking the thing with me," he said, "and I couldn't just pick up any old tiles across there and use them."
(Western Mail, Saturday 10 June 1978, page 1)

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The Treatment of Individual Parts

On Saturday June 10th 1978 at 8pm Nigel Rolfe will present a Sculptural Performance in Chapter Gallery Market Road Canton Cardiff. He would be glad to see you there.
(Invitation Card; reprinted in: Nigel Rolfe. Archive. Dublin: Irish Museum of Modern Art, 1994, without page number)

Marking a body area. Shaving it. Four Geometrics.
Eating a foodstuff. Treating inside/outside.
A six foot square white tiled plinth with a slightly raked surface.
Three shelves for materials. A spotlight.
Materials.
White tiled plinth. White frame/White Shelves.
Red Spotlight.
Shelf One ... Marking and Shaving.
Shelf Two ... The Inside, Eating/ Drinking.
Shelf Three ... Marking the plinth, textural materials.

Towel. Cleaning materials.
Red Shirt/ Shorts.
Atmosphere. Metronome. (Tape atmos:)
Presentation Time. 30 minutes approx.

Documentation.
5 panels. B/W and colour photographs, drawings etc.
Each framed 4' x I'.
Colour Video Cassette. (Requires player/Monitor.)

(Score, reprinted in: Nigel Rolf. Archive. Dublin: Irish Museum of Modern Art, 1994: without page numbers)

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For more information on the event and on its available documentation search our database.

Or listen to our oral history conversation with Nigel Role and our oral history conversation with curator David Briers.