Gavin Krastin & Alan Parker
photograph by Suzy Bernstein

Rough Musick, photograph by Suzy Bernstein 2013

Epoxy

Epoxy is a visual and visceral exploration of movement and momentum and the restriction thereof. The body, whilst physically restricted, experiences movement differently. Open and elongated gestures and journeys become labored and frustrated and a different kind of physical grace emerges. This desire to move when the body is confined and petrified offers a corporeal expression of broader themes relating to stasis, stagnation, loss and futility in the face of irrevocable change. Epoxy oscillates between volatility and poise, smooth transparency and languid masking as a solitary, vulnerable performer comes to terms with his plastic anatomy, viscous environment and a genuine desire to move and progress within an inhibiting petrified plastic shell.

  • Wednesday 17 September at 7:30 pm at Latitude 53
  • Friday 19 September at 7:30 pm at Latitude 53

Artist’s Statement

The body’s representation, limitations and operations within alternative, layered spaces is of particular interest in our work. Apart from operating within the conventional theatre context, we advocate the migration towards unconventional spaces where unknown risk factors are imminent. We are inspired by our immediate South African environment and the history embedded in its shifting socio-political climate. The social underpinnings and philosophies of space intrigue us and inspire a questioning of operational systems, thresholds, proximities and the politics of boundary-crossings and transgressions in our work. This approach often offers opportunity for intimate engagement and immersive journeys for the audience.

Artist’s Bio

Gavin Krastin and Alan Parker are award winning South African performance artists, theatre-makers, choreographers and designer-scenographers, based in Cape Town. Both Krastin and Parker hold Master of Arts Degrees in choreography and performance (with undergraduate degrees in drama, literature, art history and visual cultures). The dove-tailing of these various influences is evident in their multidisciplinary works which constantly seek to interrogate space, choreograph the visual and augment the body-silhouette. They have presented works at numerous festivals in South Africa and internationally and currently lecture at the University of Cape Town in the Schools of Dance and Drama.

Gavin Krastin and Alan Parker have worked together collaboratively for the last four years on various projects and productions, including Retrospective Altered Daily (2011), Discharge (2012) and Rough Musick (2013). Epoxy is the most recent collaboration and further expounds and explores creative methodologies and research enquiries uncovered in previous interfaces. The work is thus a component of a larger creative research project and is located within a broader body of work exploring interrelated concepts of theatrical experimentation and thematic probing.

www.gavinkrastin.com