A 99 hour performance

After this moment ... or still in this moment.
This long moment we are living in and living through.
The moment. Here and now, changing every second, different for each person.
Whatever it means, wherever it takes us … this moment asks questions.
How do we get together, who are with us, how do we share what we have. Together.
We don’t propose any easy answers but we want to struggle with the question.
We feel the need to explore, to dig in with you. We need to exhaust ourselves in this digging, this diving in. Because there is work to be done.
99 hours.
Being together, searching, establishing connection and staying connected, giving and receiving, watching, perceiving, listening. Non-stop.
99 hours.
We walk on the edge happy to never say we’re done. Never say we are not done. Never say the game is over.
We will perform for you non-stop. No let up. No giving in. A marathon. Never stop, never stop.
99 hours.
We keep going, but you are free to come and go.
Come and visit. Come and stay. Stay for as long or as short a time as you like. Come and see. Come and stay. Come and share.
Please be our guest.

Simona Gonella is a freelance director and dramaturg with a specific interest in contemporary plays, adaptation of classics, devising works and performing arts. She is a passionate teacher and traveler and she often does the two things together (at RADA Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, at FIT festival in Lugano, at Drama School in Milan, at ERT Drama School in Modena, among the others). She's been directing shows in Italy, UK, Romania, Spain, Switzerland. As a dramaturg she works with the Switzerland Company Trickster-p, (world wide tour installations .H.G., B., Twilight, Nettles and Book is a book is a book) and with Italian director Carmelo Rifici (most recently on an original version of Macbeth and a brand new work on Galileo Galilei and questions about science is about to come). Dino Audino publishing has recently released her “Introduzione alla regia teatrale”, a handbook for directors. She’s also a professional counsellor, and works as a coach and trainer for various international companies.

Peader Kirk is an artist and director working in the fields of performance and sound art. His work has been shown at The Southbank Centre and The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, The National Theatre of Greece in Athens, Academy of Fine Arts in Turin and The Hong Kong Repertory Theatre. The scale of the work ranges from intimate encounters in small rooms to large-scale public works in the urban environment. Peader makes work that engages directly with communities to ask questions about how we meet amidst difference and how we create change.
Peader also works with The BBC as a part of their development programme for new writers and as a mentor for emerging artists with hÅb, Manchester. While continuing to work with Mkultra Performance which he formed in 2000, Peader is also working with artists in the emerging field of Hip Hop Theatre and has directed work in this area for The Albany Theatre, London; Contact Theatre, Manchester and on national tour. Peader's most recent academic publication was “The Performative Museum and the site constructive work of Mkultra" in Performance Research Journal published by Routledge.

The MA in Contemporary Physical Performance Making (CPPM) is a ground-breaking course that takes postgraduate education out of the classroom and puts practical experience with world-leading makers of performance at the heart of the learning process. Students work alongside some of the most exciting directors, choreographers, performance artists and performers to further your own creative practice through active collaboration, devising and performance. CPPM accepted its first 16 students from 10 countries last summer and since then the quest artist teaching on the course include Tadashi Endo (Japan/Germany), Eddie Martinez (Wuppertal Tanztheater Pina Bausch, Germany), Kasper Vandenberghe (Jan Fabre Troubelyn, Belgium), Ryen Perkins-Gangnes (Gecko Teater, UK), Yorgos Karamalegos (Physical Lab, Greece/UK), Stacy Makishi (Hawai), Marilena Dara (Jasmin Vardimon Company, UK), Agnieszka Mendel (Poland), Will Bond ja Stephen Webber (SITI Company, USA), Guillaume Pige (Theatre Re, UK), Simona Scholari (Italy), Iona Kewney (Scotland), Ana Sanchez-Colberg (Greece), Giacomo Veronesi (Italy), Imanuel Schipper (Rimini Protokoll, Germany), Anne Türnpu, Madli Pesti, Maret Mursa, Anna Ranczakowska, Marin Johnson, Lilian Reinmets, Anne-Liis Poll. The course director for CPPM is professor Jüri Nael.
More information: www.mastersincppm.com