Stefa Govaart

_Stefa Govaart has worked with choreographers, artists and scholars across the theater, visual arts and academic context in Europe (e.g., Eszter Salamon, Marija Cetinić, Claudia Pagès Rabal, PRICE). With Bojana Cvejić, Nikhil Vettukattil and Andrea Rodrigo, they co-organize the artists' gathering Spring Meeting at Performing Arts Forum (St. Erme, FR). As a founding member of the research group Sex Negativity (Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis), they are at work on a series of collaborative projects on Sentence / Essence / Woman / Negation / Sex. They have taught at P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels) and Sandberg Instituut (Amsterdam). Recent text- and performance-based works were presented at rile* (Brussels), Perdu, and de Appel (Amsterdam). They are based between Brussels and New York_

I stage scripts poised between the colloquial and philosophical. I have an interest in negativity as a condition of possibility. I consider body and voice as receptive sites of both subjugation and transformation. Seeking linguistic excess, I steal from dictionaries, thesauri, and grammar blogs; from poets, philosophers and friends. My main materials are the labor and trouble of embodied relationships, thinking gender/sex/love via money/barter/authority. The impact of collaborators, dialogue, and self-organized contexts where thought and performance meet sustains my work. A background in dance, gymnastics, and physical regimen form the basis for using performance as critical medium. I am driven by the absolute flimsiness and absolute persistence of language. The gradual construction of thought in speech is complicated. Neither straightforward propositions nor syntactically convoluted passive grammars suffice.