In the early stage of development, I tested my brand new performance, “Body’s Law”, on a “Freshly Scratched” night at the Battersea Arts Centre in London. It was the first opportunity to present the performance to the audience although it was not in the definitive version. In the spirit of the “freshly scratched” night, I assumed the risk to present the performance at this stage of development, something that normally artists do only with peers.
It was a very interesting experience also because the audience seemed to be prepared to attend to a type of live art quite different from mine. So, the features that appeared negative to the audience, are, in positive, the features that for me define a piece of performance art: it is not for entertainment (it is not made for show business), it is not narrative (otherwise it would be theatre) nor choreographic (otherwise it would be dance). It was also very interesting that the raw use of the body, in that case the use of a fluid of the body, saliva, causes hilarity as it happens when children discover some features of the body that culture, generally, deplores. In any case, at the end of this experience, I went over to another stage of development and my performance took on a new form.