Tales Frey, Cia Excessos

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Tales Frey, Cia. Excessos with Emily Nowell.  Tales works with the CIA. EXCESSOS – company composed together with Paulo Aureliano da Mata. The main feature in their conception is multidisciplinarity. This duo has been building a hybrid form of theatrical research, concerning the dialogue among video, theater, performance art and photography. The company also has invited artists to join the team in some works. In this case, they had the collaboration of the performer Emily Nowell to instate this work.

TALES FREY (Catanduva – São Paulo, Brazil. 1982) lives and works in Brazil and Portugal as theatre director, art critic, art performer and video maker. PhD in “Theatre Studies and Performance” at the University of Coimbra, in Portugal, where he developed a Practice-led Research: “Performance art and ritual: fashion and religion in body marks”. He did his degree in Theatre Direction at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He also did specialization and Master degree in Art Theory and Criticism at the College of Fine Arts at the University of Porto, in Portugal, where he wrote his thesis (that brought his book published by Paco Editorial): “Critical discourses through the poetic visual of Márcia X.” He showed his works in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Malaysia, Portugal, Serbia, Sweden, USA and Thailand.
He has (with Paulo Aureliano da Mata) a online magazine about performance art (www.performatus.net) and a institution in Brazil with the name Instituto das Artes de Inhumas (www.institutodasartesdeinhumas.org).

The Other Asphalt Kiss
This performance art work is part of the series “Kisses.”, The performance is inspired by the play The Asphalt Kiss by Nelson Rodrigues. In the original text, set in the year 1959, passersby and the press of Rio de Janeiro were merciless with the character Arandir, who is accused of being gay after kissing a dying man in the street. The transposition of this text to “performance art” would not be so different when, in an experiment with two artists, a kiss of 30 continuous minutes was performed in public spaces with the artists cross-dressing (he as a bride and she as a groom). We found that the prejudice was immense when the image carried a sexual connotation, still shocking in the morally conservative context.

RP 12 photos by Chelsey Sprengler

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