About & CV

About the artist

Gavin Krastin is an award winning South African performance artist, theatre-maker, choreographer and designer-scenographer with an interest in the body’s representation, limitation and operation in alternative, layered spaces. His work is inspired by his immediate South African environment and the history embedded in its shifting socio-political climate. Apart from operating within the conventional theatre context, Krastin advocates the migration towards unconventional spaces where unknown risk factors are imminent. The social underpinnings and philosophies of space intrigue him and inspire a questioning of operational systems, thresholds, proximities and the politics of boundary-crossings and transgressions (and the myth making thereof) in his work. His approach offers opportunity for intimate engagement, immersive journeys and unique participatory involvement. 

Krastin holds a Master of Arts Degree in choreography and performance and an undergraduate degree in drama and art history and visual cultures. The dove-tailing of these various influences is evident in his multidisciplinary works which constantly seek to interrogate space, choreograph the visual and augment the body-silhouette. He presents works at numerous festivals in South Africa and internationally, has lectured at Rhodes University and worked with the First Physical Theatre Company. He currently practices from his studio in Cape Town, with his partner Alan Parker, and lectures at the University of Cape Town Department of Drama. 

Photo by Alan Parker


Curriculum Vitae

Education

BA [with distinction], Drama and Art History and Visual Culture, 2009, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

BA Honours [with distinction], Theatre Studies, Physical Theatre, Choreography, Theatre Design and Dance Culture and Education, 2010, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

MA [with distinction], Choreography, 2012, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

National Certificate Course (Level 4), Arts Administration, 2013, The Cultural Development Trust.


Artistic Output

2016

Pig Headed. Commissioned and produced by Rapid Pulse International Performance Festival and Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, Chicago, USA, and the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa. (Creator, performer and designer/scenographer)

Body. Commissioned and produced by Desenho de Cena, Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Artist)

Rough Musick. Commissioned and produced by the National Arts Festival Main Programme 2013. Performed at: Buzzcut Festival, Glasgow, Scotland; and at Desenho de Cena, Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Choreographer, performer and designer/scenographer)

2015

Trophy. Cape Town Fringe, Cape Town, South Africa. (Creator, performer and designer/scenographer)

Plastic Anatomies. Commissioned and produced by SharedSpace and the Prague Quadrennial for the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, Prague, Czechoslovakia. (Facilitator/Director)

On seeing red and other fantasies. Commissioned and produced by the National Arts Festival for the National Arts Festival Main Programme 2013, Grahamstown, South Africa. (Choreographer, performer and designer/ scenographer)

On seeing red. Commissioned and produced by the Dance Umbrella for the Dance Umbrella 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa. (Choreographer, performer and designer/scenographer)

2014

Rough Musick. Commissioned and produced by the National Arts Festival Main Programme 2013. Performed at: The Donald Gordon Institute of Performance and Creative Arts as part of Live Arts Festival 2014, Cape Town, South Africa; and at Chapter Arts as part of Experimentica Festival 2014, Cardiff, Wales. (Choreographer, performer and designer/scenographer)

Epoxy. In collaboration with Alan Parker. Commissioned by Latitude 53 for Visualeyez Festival of Performance Art at Latitude 53, Edmonton, Canada. (Creator, performer and designer/scenographer)

Brick. Created by Pam Patterson. Commissioned by Latitude 53 for Visualeyez Festival of Performance Art at Latitude 53, Edmonton, Canada. (Collaborating performer)

#omnomnom. The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa. (Creator, performer and designer/scenographer)

I Live Here. Performed in IKEA warehouse in Dordrecht, Netherlands, as part of The Unnoticed Arts Festival, Netherlands. (Creator)

The Leftover Sacre. Choreographed by Alan Parker and commissioned and produced by The Dance Forum, Johannesburg, South Africa. (Designer/scenographer and production manager)

2013

Rough Musick. Commissioned and produced by the National Arts Festival Main Programme, Grahamstown (premier). Then performed at: The Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Cape Town, South Africa; the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama at World Stage Design 2013 and Scenofest 2013, Cardiff, Wales. (Choreographer, performer and designer/scenographer)

Land Mine. Exhibition of documentation and costumes from Gavin Krastin’s body of work. World Stage Design 2013: the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, Wales.

Detritus, by Alan Parker and produced by the Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary (Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Distell, the Baxter Theatre, Business Arts South Africa). The Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Cape Town, South Africa. (Designer, scenographer and stage manager)

Cellardoor, produced by the First Physical Theatre Company and the Johannesburg Dance Umbrella – collaboration between Alan Parker and Gavin Krastin. National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa. (Designer and performer)

Artists on Africa, produced by Joule City, Resonance Bazaar and CATHSSETA. A series of freely-available podcasts on/about various artists and creative strategies, methodologies and philosophies from and of the African continent – a collaboration with Kadiatou Diallo, Victoria Wigzell, Tazneem Wentzel, Clementine Hugo-Hamman, Jess Kramer, Themba Tshabalala and Kwanele Matakane. www.artistsonafrica.com. (Researcher, producer, content creator)

That was when the penny dropped. A collaborative performance intervention between Victoria Wigzell and Gavin Krastin as part of the “Restructuring Encounters” exhibition, curated by Kabelo Malatsie and Katherine Ten Velthuis. Sanlam Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

In The Wings, by Jared Kruger and produced by the Chaeli Campaign, Western Cape schools Festival and Artscape’s Women’s Festival. Artscape Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa. (Production manager)

2012

DISCHARGE, produced by the National Arts Festival and the First Physical Theatre Company – collaboration between Alan Parker, Rat Western and Gavin Krastin. National Arts Festival Main Programme, Grahamstown. (Choreographer, performer and designer)

The Missus/Misses Series. An independent three-part public performance intervention in and around Grahamstown, South Africa. (Choreographer, performer and designer)

Cellardoor, produced by the First Physical Theatre Company and the Johannesburg Dance Umbrella – collaboration between Alan Parker and Gavin Krastin. Dance Umbrella, Johannesburg, South Africa. (Designer and performer)

2011

Retrospective – Altered Daily. Produced by the First Physical Theatre Company – collaboration between Alan Parker and Gavin Krastin. Dance Umbrella, Johannesburg, South Africa. (Designer and performer)

sub-. Produced by the Rhodes Drama Department and the National Arts Council. National Arts Festival Fringe Programme, Grahamstown. (Choreographer and designer)

Ways of Exposure: Rush, by Nicola Elliott and produced by the First Physical Theatre Company. Out The Box, Cape Town, South Africa. (Designer)

Goat Song, as part of the New Voices programme, by Sonja Smit and produced by the First Physical Theatre Company. National Arts Festival Fringe Programme, Grahamstown, South Africa. (Collaborating performer)

2010

Volstruise Paleis, by Juanita Finestone-Praeg and produced by the First Physical Theatre Company. Commissioned for the KKNK, Oudtshoorn, South Africa. (Designer)

Ama-no-gawa, by Frauke and produced by the First Physical Theatre Company. National Arts Festival Fringe Programme, Grahamstown, South Africa. (Assistant designer)

The cybernetics of two lost lovers, as part of the New Voices programme, produced by the First Physical Theatre Company. National Arts Festival Fringe Programme, Grahamstown, South Africa. (Choreographer and designer)

2009

Die Bannelinge by Heike Gehring and produced by Rhodes University Drama Department. The KKNK, Oudtshoorn, South Africa. (Assistant designer)

Listening to the Rain by Acty Tang and Gary Gordon and produced by Rhodes University Drama Department. Rhodes Theatre, Grahamstown, South Africa. (Designer)


Awards

2014
Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award (for #omnomnom).

2013
- Theatre Arts Administrative Collective Award (for Rough Musick)
- Selected as one of Art South Africa’sBright Young Things”; in Art South Africa, volume 11, issue 03, autumn 2013.

2012
Standard Bank Aha Award (for Lady exhibiting satirical fruit salad as part of The Missus/Misses Series).

2011
Standard Bank Ovation Award (for sub- as part of the "inTranceit programme").
- Investec Rhodes Top 100 Award for Arts, Culture and Media.

2010
- Investec Rhodes Top 100 Award for Arts, Culture and Media.


Employment History

2014 to current
- Lecturer (part-time), University of Cape Town Department of Drama (contemporary performance, movement studies, directing).

- Self-employed as a performance artist, designer for performance, choreographer, researcher/writer and creative facilitator in Cape Town. 

2013
Self-employed as a performance artist, designer for performance, choreographer, researcher/writer and creative catalyst in Cape Town. 

2012  
- Associate lecturer and teacher at Rhodes University Drama Department, Grahamstown.   

2010-2012   
- Part time performer, choreographer, designer, archivist and researcher for First Physical Theatre Company, Grahamstown.

2011  
- Teacher at Rhodes University Drama Department, Grahamstown.

2009-2011   
- Teacher at Rhodes University Drama Department, Grahamstown.


Residencies and Fellowships

Theaterformen Fellowship, by Festival Theaterformen. Braunschweig, Germany. July 2016.

OPENLab Public Arts Residency. Richmond and Bloemfontein, South Africa. July 2014. This collaborative programme explored the creative processes and social relevance of public and land art.

Joule City Arts Incubator Progamme, by Resonance Bazar and CATHSSETA. Cape Town, South Africa. March –August 2013. The focus of the programme was on strategies employed in making contemporary multidisciplinary arts on the African continent.


Catalogues and Books

Cohen, A. (Ed.). (2016). Desenhos de Cena #1. Sao Paulo, Brazil: Sesc Pinheiros

Cepcova, L, Lotker, S, et al (Eds.). (2015). Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2015 – Shared Space: Music Weather Politics. Prague, Czech Republic: Arts and Theatre Institute.

van Lent, F. (Ed.). (2014). Unnoticed Art. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Frans van Lent.

Britton, M and Egelhof, K (Eds.). (2014). I Praise the Dance: Celebrating Contemporary Dance in South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Performing Arts Network of South Africa.

Burnett, K. (Ed.). (2013). World Stage Design 2013 Catalogue. Cardiff, Wales: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Manson, C and Nelson, J (Eds.). (2014). Contemporary Performance Almanac 2013. New York, USA: Contemporary Performance.

Gebhardt, A, Malatsie, K et al (Eds.). (2013). Restructuring Encounters: Revisiting the Sanlam art collection through performance. Cape Town, South Africa: Sanlam Life Insurance Ltd.


Publications

“Thoughts on contemporary dance’s (disappearing?) spectatorship: In conversation with the National Arts Festival director, Ismail Mahomed”. (2013). In Samuel, G (Ed.). South African Dance Journal: Volume 2, Number 1. Cape Town: UCT School of Dance.

“Ruptures, Remediations, Reconfigurations –‘Dancing’ towards the Post-Choreographic”. (2012). In Greyling, E (Ed.). Confluences 6: Physicality and Performance. Proceedings from the Sixth South African Dance Conference. Cape Town: UCT School of Dance. Read it here, on page 141 of the PDF document.


Conferences and Presentations

Guest talk: Problematising Body and Space: The Audiacity of Being Difficult. The Performance Research Hub and UAL Performance Research Network: University of the Arts London and The College of Fashion, 2016.

African Theatre Association Annual International Conference: Querying Africa. University of Cape Town Drama Department with the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts, 2012. Paper presented: Querying Spaces, Querying Audiences: (sub-) strategies in forging an activated and connected spectatorship.

Confluences 6: Physicality and Physicality and Performance. University of Cape Town School of Dance, 2011. Paper presented: Ruptures, Remediations, Reconfigurations –‘Dancing’ towards the Post-Choreographic.

Synthetic Dirt Colloquium. Rhodes University School of Fine Art, 2011. Paper presented: A Retrospective, Altered Daily - Synthesising Meaning from ‘Dusty’ Dances.

Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference. Rhodes University, 2011. Paper presented: Ruptures, Remediations, Reconfigurations – ‘Dancing’ towards the Post-Choreographic.

Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference. Rhodes University, 2010. Paper presented: Infiltrated Bodies: The Corporeal Politics surrounding Stelarc’s Theoretical and Artistic Practice, using his Ping Body (1996) as a case study.



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  2. Hi!
    I am proud of my relative and I am searching in what degree we are.
    You stayed in São Paulo and I didn't know, like others relatives who stayed in Rio de Janeiro about 1965, one of then were an artist like we are and my mother too.
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