Performance Art as a Tool for Democracy Workshop - Portugal

Explore democracy through performance art, with a week long workshop programme in Central Portugal.

Monday 1st August – Sunday 7th August 2016

Expected arrival: 1st August (before dinner) – Expected departure: 7th August (after breakfast)

Hosted by Escola-Estúdio RAIZVANGUARDA – Associação Cultural, Góis, Portugal

After involving more than 100 people in Armenia and Georgia, the workshop “Performance Art as a Tool for Democracy” returns to Gois, Portugal. The Programme will be lead by Denisas Kolomyckis, an interdisciplinary artist with extensive experience in performance, acting, dance and visual arts. During 7 days, a small group of participants will get in touch with core concepts of performance, through different art works of international artists with a direct impact in social movements. In an open atmosphere, participants will perceive and perform different movements, improving our physical awareness and expression.

Participants will create a space of symbiosis with the surrounding nature, seeking deeper understanding of the use of their own body, engaging with new techniques through technical practice, reflection and performances. During this course, through exercises, discussions and research, participants will have the opportunity to present their own experiences and ideas in their own field of artistic practice.  Throughout this workshop, participants will be encouraged to create their own performances and execute it with direct support and guidance of our tutor.

What is included?

  • 6 nights accommodation in Escola-Estúdio RV
  • Full Workshop programme
  • 3 meals per day (excluding arrival and departure day which will have one meal)
  • Access to WIFI
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Research Resources sent before workshop
  • Transportation to/from Góis from Coimbra

09:00 Breakfast | 10:00 Workshop | 11:30 Coffee Break | 11:45 Workshop | 13:00 Lunch | 14:30 Workshop | 16:00 Coffee Break | 16:30 Workshop | 18:00 Free time | 19:00 Dinner | 21:00 Cultural session

COURSE INFORMATION: The programme is suitable for artists, students, musicians, activists, dancers and people interested in connecting art with activism.

LOCATION: Góis, in Central Portugal. The rural scenery is set in a small green valley. Immersion in this nature allows deep relaxation.

 HOW TO GET THERE: Arrival at Porto or Lisbon airport, then a train to Coimbra Train station for transit to Góis,

COST: 270 euros – early bird price if applying before Monday 16th May (this incudes a 100 euro non-refundable), 300 euros – standard price (this includes a 100 euro non-refundable deposit)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 5pm (GMT) Monday 30th May – applicants will be notified if their place is confirmed Wednesday 1st June, 2 days after the deadline.


  1. To register, please complete our online registration form HERE
  2. Once your place is confirmed, a 100 euro deposit must be paid to hold your place by Wednesday 8th June – this is non-refundable.
  3. Final payment due Monday 4th July 2016

About Denisas Kolomyckis:
Denisas Kolomyckis is an interdisciplinary, performance artist, dancer and activist. He worked with Lithuanian director Sarunas Bartas and avant-garde filmmaker Jonas Mekas in New York. He has presented his works (exhibitions and performances) in various cities in USA, Russia, Caucasus and many European countries.

Denisas is an activist for human and LGBT rights, he has been awarded with the prize for the Youngest Lithuanian Volunteer in 2006. In 2013, Denisas Kolomyckis spoke on the international platform TEDx about “Performance Art as a Tool for Critical Approach”.  Now living and working in Portugal as artistic director of artist in residency program Escola-Estudio Raizvanguarda.

For further information:

geral@raizvanguarda.pt | www.raizvanguarda.pt