The Performance Studio
The Performance Studio is a production and rehearsal space, set up by independent curator, David Thorp to provide a creative ‘hub’; a free space for invited artists to experiment with and cultivate live art related activities over an extended period of time.
Based upon Thorp’s longstanding interest in performance, and the burgeoning live art scene, this small-scale, process-led project places performance centre stage and offers a creative refuge, free from market driven forces. The Performance Studio is an inward focused undertaking, based upon low expenditure and skill trading to support its operation. It exists solely for artists to develop new projects in experimental theatre, live art and moving image without a commercial agenda or public pressure, so that ideas in gestation can grow freely and unconstrained.
The Performance Studio is a flexible, modest, independent and unashamedly idealistic operation that seeks to establish a viable option to unethical sponsorship, the fiscal-driven art market/dealer system and the public accountability demands of public funding bodies. Allowing an open-ended freewheeling environment for the exploration of ideas with performance centre stage as an artistic discipline.
Rising from the ashes of V22 in Bermondsey, The Performance Studio moved to a new space close to London’s Marble Arch. Completely different in character from the windowless white cube at V22, the new space consisted of second floor rooms above shops in New Quebec Street, W1. The change from light industrial to domestic scale had a bearing on the way artists choose to make use of the Performance Studio – a focus for research, discussion and action.
Throughout 2015 /2016 The Performance Studio was in residence at The Nines on the Copeland Estate in Peckham, in a dedicated space leading off the main cafe and bar, hosting a fortnightly programme of events encompassing performance, screenings and talks with invited artists, curators and guest speakers.
Now The Performance Studio is nomadic, a peripatetic operation that works with other sympathetic organisations and artists.
In 2017 The Performance Studio started an ongoing collaboration with HOP Projects and the Slovenian artist JAŠA. During 2018 Matthew Hilton and Taran Carter’s experimental community opera My Mau Mau is being produced in partnership with Firstsite, Colchester.
Home at V22
Home at ROOM, New Quebec Street
Home at The Nines
JAŠA at HOP Projects