Performance Art

Bel – Esse / Performance Art Exchange


Germany/N. Ireland from the 21st to the 27th Oct


Programme of Events


Date/Time Venue/Location
Tue 21st Oct, 6.30pm R-Space Gallery, Lisburn
Wed 22nd Oct, 6.30pm R-Space Gallery, Lisburn
Fri 24th Oct, 6.30pm Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company, L/Derry
Sat 25th Oct 12noon Performance Art Monthly Meeting with visiting artists, location L/Derry
Sat 25th Oct, 6.30pm Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company, L/Derry


Venue Addresses:


R-Space Gallery, The Linen Rooms 32 Castle St, Lisburn, Northern Ireland BT27 4XE. Tel: 028 9266 3179.

Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company, Waterloo House, Hangman’s Bastion, Magazine St, Derry – Londonderry, BT48 6HH, Northern Ireland. Tel: 028 71308883.


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Performance Art: Personal Rituals of/for Postmodern Times. Workshop.



Practical Laboratory of Performance Art

Alastair Maclennan & Elvira Santamaría

Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast


Beyond a form of art, performance art is the practice of personal values as well as a relational expression of our times. The existence of the artist/person is made manifest by the aesthetic acts he/she proposes.

In this 3 day practical lab/seminar we intend to observe aspects of the construction of the artist’s/ person´s concepts, values, strategies, etc., engaging issues of: personal risk, identity and it’s constructions, individual versus (?) the collective, questions re ethics/aesthetics… and other themes which emerge during the practical lab/seminar.

Alastair Maclennan proposes exploration through diversity of physical activity. Focus will reside in developing and activating concentration, intention, insight, innovation, flexibility, adaptability…and ‘being in the moment’.
Elvira Santamaría will propose some exercises according to emerging concerns expressed during the practical lab/seminar process and will give some historical references to the topics, ways and statements expressed in individual works and concerns.

We will engage both individual and group performances, involving private/public, social/cultural considerations, using the whole group of participants as a teaching/learning unit, offering feedback, as appropriate. References will be from Art and Life, negotiating actuality in the ‘here and now’.

The Public Presentation, on Friday, 20th June, at the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, will be of simultaneous showing of participants’ final solo performances…(+)


Each participant should bring several objects (5 to 10) which have a particular significance to him/her, which he/she could use in performances.

Each participant should bring sufficient casual clothing and footwear to move around easily in.

Each participant should bring a short 3 minute presentation of his/her performance art work, or any other artwork, in CD or DVD format… or other imagery, to show an aspect (briefly), of his/her recent creativity to the group.


Note: The money raised from this workshop is going to worth match funding for the Bel-Esse, German Exchange. Bbeyond thanks Alastair Maclennan and Elvira Santamaria for their contribution.


Dates and Times:Workshop: Tue to Thur, 11.00hrs to 16.00hrs.

Presentations: Fri 16.00hrs to 18.00hrs

Cost: The cost of the Workshop will be £50. This price includes a light lunch.

Booking: To book your place, please contact Brian Patterson either at or 07968643871

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Next Performance Monthly on Sat 17th May


Next Performance Monthly will be on Sat 17th May, in Lisburn. meet at 12noon at the R Space Gallery, The Linen Rooms,32 Castle St, Lisburn BT27 4XE, we will be going to the park next door to the gallery.

The train is the best and cheapest way to travel from Belfast and there are two train options, leaving Great Victoria St train station at 11.10hrs and 11.40hrs arriving respectively at 11.30hrs and 12.00hrs. There are plenty of return times leaving Lisburn every half hour at 8 mins and 38mins past the hour. The return fare cost is £3.90.

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Holding Time II, Performance Event at Stormont on Fri 23rd May


Holding Time II, Performance Event at Stormont on Fri 23rd May, at 18.00hrs.


Bbeyond has been invited to make a performance in the Great Hall, Stormont on Fri 23rd May at 18.00hrs. This performances is called Holding Time II and will be a variation on the Titanic and L/Derry performances. Anyone wishing to take part in this event please contact Brian Patterson, before the 10th May, either at or 07968643871

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The 6th Birthday Party for the Performance Monthly Meeting on Sat 21st June



The 6th Birthday Party for the Performance Monthly meeting will be on Sat 21st June from 12noon onwards in Writers Square, Belfast, Opposite St Anne’s Cathedral. The 6th Birthday isn’t generally a significant date but in our case it is the first time that the actual date and day corresponds with the original date six years ago, the Summer Solstice, with over 72 meetings, representing 126 hrs 40mins approx. So if you have been part of this on-            going process please make a special date in your diary to attend this one.

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Bbeyond Development Weekend

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Bbeyond have having a Development Weekend, this weekend, 22nd and 23rd Feb in the University of Ulster, as part of a development initiative supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and we wish to invite you, especially if you feel you have something to contribute to the overall development of the organisation and in particular performance art in Northern Ireland, you are more that welcome to join us.

Date Morning Afternoon Evening
Sat 22ndFeb 10.00-10.30hrsIntroductions +History of Bbeyond, Brian Connolly 

10.30-11.30hrsBoris Nieslony Presentation inc Q+A




11.45-12.45hrsLois Keidan Presentation inc Q+A


1.15-14.00hrs Break for lunch14.00-17.30hrs Open Space Session facilitated by Bonnie Soroke, with Lois Keidan, Boris Nieslony, Committee and Members


Sun 23rdFeb 13.00-17.00hrs Open Space session with Bonnie Soroke, and Committee to collate information collected.

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Bel-Mad, Spanish Exchange thanks and acknowledgements

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Bbeyond would like to acknowledge the Bel Mad, the Spanish Exchange project, many people have said that they’ve had a very enjoyable week and its all thanks to the performers and audience alike, especially to those who travelled any distances to witness Bel-Mad. You have contributed to a important event for performance art in Northern/Ireland and we are grateful for all your contributions and hopefully more positive things will grow from these experiences.

A special thanks and acknowledgments to the following who made the Bel-Mad project a success
Firstly, the artists for creating such an exciting programme of diverse performances. Your performances extend way beyond the ‘performance framing’ of the seen/scene into the life of the person and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to have again experienced this, your presence.
Fernando Baena, Brian Connolly, Nieves Correa, Yolanda Perez Herrera, Paul King, Abel Loureda, Ana Matey, Ciara McKeon, Rainer Pagel, Aine Phillips, Pavana Reid and Karine Talec.
In Acción!Mad, Madrid and in Seville and Malaga: Pauline Cummins, Hilary Gilligan, Jennifer Hanley, James King and Frances Mezzetti.
In L/Derry, James King, Donna McFeely, Caroline Murphy, and Emma Stuart.
A special thanks to Nieves Correa for her wonderful Workshop, it was very insightful couple of days even though we couldn’t see for one day! What a trip around Belfast, will never forget it.
And to the participants for the wonderful final presentation performance/s, namely, Sandra Corrigan Breathnach, Christof Gillen, Hilary Gilligan, James King, Brian Patterson, Anne Quail, Catriona Skeena Smyth and Keike Twisslemann.

To the organisations who supported the project, namely Acción!Mad in Madrid, Catalyst Arts In Belfast and Echo Echo Dance in L/Derry.
An important thanks our main sponsor The Arts Council without which the project couldn’t have been possible. This project was supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.To Cultural Ireland. To Gobierno De Espana for the support of the Spanish artists travel to Northern Ireland.

Last but not least, the Bbeyond Sub-Committees, Curation: namely, Alastair MacLennan and Elvira Santamaria, Publicity: Elvira Santamaria, design Fausto Méndez, Photography Jordan Hutchings, and who have made this project a reality and lastly the Board of Bbeyond who meet regularly and keep the organisation on an even keel, thanks!
Also, a big thank you for those helping out with some of the invisible logistics of this operation and our on-going Performance Monthlies, namely:  Jane Butler, Sinead Breathnach Cashell, Brian Connolly, Christof Gillen, Jennifer Hanley, Jordan Hutchings, Fausto Mendez, Anne Quail, Jonathan Ross. Your reliable, dependable and supportive natures are a very important attribute to the overall well-being of the organisation and in particular to promoting performance art in Northern Ireland.

Brian Patterson and Sinead Breathnach Cashell
On behalf of Bbeyond

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