Infiltraciones (Infiltrations) is a research and teaching project in the Dolores Ibarruri secondary school in Abanto Zierbena (Biscay), run through the subjects ‘Games’ and ‘Mobilisation and Galvanisation of Groups’ in the Physical Education Department. Infiltraciones starts by asking to what extent we can introduce performance research and ‘performance studies’ within secondary school physical education, and specifically as part of the higher diploma in physical education (mid-level professional training). Can the physical education teacher also embody the role of performer and researcher?

The project offers a qualitative change in perspective on body movement to a group of physical education students and aims to extend the physiological and biomechanical efficiency of sporting movement to include poetic movement, as well as developing creativity through physical movement in different spaces.

The first phase draws on my ambition to bring art closer to life. I’ve learned about and delved deeper into the theory and practice of different concepts that I’ve been using to weave a research framework.

I have absorbed the designs set out by Richard Schechner in his manual Performance studies. An Introduction, especially his approaches to performance, ritual, play and performativity, moreover the concepts of play, non-theatre performance, basic research, attention and real experiment developed by Allan Kaprow in Essays on the blurring of art and life.

I have read the sections from the curriculum for Spanish secondary school physical education on play and body expression, to check how well performance research would fit into and complement the official syllabus.

Lastly, I have physically walked through the spaces in the Dolores Ibarruri Secondary School and discussed the proposal with the people involved: teachers of ‘Games’ and ‘Mobilisation and Galvanisation of Groups’ in the school.

  • Mediation
Date of resolution:
March 2017