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Squash & Stretch: The International Performance Art Festival


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Squash and Stretch Live and Performance Art Festival
The term squash and stretch comes from the field of animation. Observation shows that only stiff objects remain inert during motion, while non-stiff objects tend to change their shape. As clay or dough our bodies are made of soft materials that are constantly squashing and stretching during day and night. When we smile our face squash, when we defecate our intestine slowly stretch out. The artists presenting in this second festival had been selected on how their work relates this principle. We hope people of Oxford enjoy this potlatch of eclectic live and performance art.

The Live Art and Performance Group was initiated in 2015 by Veronica Cordova de la Rosa and Peta Lloyd, with the aim of giving Oxford Brookes students, alumni and other interested performers, working in the local area, the opportunity to practice and develop their work in a supportive environment. During the academic years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Veronica secured funding in order to run programmes of visiting performers, including Poppy Jackson, Katy Baird and Harold Offeh. Some of these presentations were documented in the on-line journal ‘Vibrations Art Journal for Creative Writing’ https://vibrationsartjournal.com Curated performance events have included ‘SoloLive’ Fringe Art Bath (2016), ‘Elastic’ Oxford Brookes (2017), ‘Curiosity Carnival’ (2017) and ‘Volumes’ (2017). Veronica is currently organising monthly performance art meetings at a range of locations in and around Oxford.