PERFORMATIVITY Educational Art Project was initiated and produced by TanzLaboratorium (Larysa Venediktova, Olga Komisar, Oleksandr Lebediev, with Larissa Babij) in 2011. For two weeks in Kyiv in the summer, choreographers, theorists, artists, and curators from Portugal, Russia, Poland, Canada and other countries converged for a series of events including research laboratories, lectures, performances, and discussions.
This project was really great to attend and see that through passion, concern, a hunger for dialog about art education, and what is actually happening in Ukraine, a new annual series could emerge. By inquiring about new alternatives, they have begun to establish one.
Larissa Babij, an American living in Kyiv and part of TanzLaboratorium, provided the following on their site:
"In Kyiv, there is little intercommunication between traditionally divided artistic disciplines (theater, dance, visual art, etc.). The lethally stagnant, formal approach to culture results in most artistic activity being either the repetition of old, established canons or the repetition of "new" international trends; neither of which involves significant reflection on art as art, as Ukrainian art, as part of a local and international artistic community-network.
Four members of TanzLaboratorium are discussing the need for alternative art education in Ukraine, more precisely, a platform that could propose a whole new kind of communication – through working together, learning by doing, exploring the concept of performativity. In the context of the project, we understand performativity as "time-based artistic activity that thematizes temporality; it researches the process of transformation of concepts (nouns) into action (verbs)."
She summarized it quite perfectly.