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November 1, 2017 to November 19, 2017

Multiple venues. See event website for details.

Performa Arts

Performa 17 Biennial

Performance and architecture have long been a focus of Performa, which has conspicuously taken the position to cross-pollinate the conceptual and actual underpinning of visual art and architectural vocabularies. For Performa 17, choreographers, architects, and performers create works that not only illustrate but also define new viewpoints for reading architecture, its spaces, and experiential substances, while utilizing existing plazas and buildings as frames and mirrors for action. Alongside these polemic inquires, and the programming they have produced, Performa, as with every biennial, selects a particular “historical anchor” to both build on our extensive archives, but also to provide reference and springboard for contemporary artists. This year, the powerful and disruptive Dada movement of a century ago continues to inspire and inform artists around the globe.

The Performa Biennial provides an extraordinary and very public platform for showing the essential role of art in society. Through live performance we touch people directly, change their minds, and introduce them viscerally to the complicated emotional and aesthetic expressions of artists responding to the world in which we live today.

About Performa:
Founded in 2004 by art historian and curator RoseLee Goldberg, Performa is the leading organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth-century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century. Since launching New York’s first performance biennial, Performa 05, in 2005, the organization has solidified its identity as a commissioning and producing entity. As a “museum without walls,” Performa contributes important art historical heft to the field by showing the development of live art in all its forms from many different cultural perspectives, reaching back to the Renaissance. Celebrated worldwide as the first biennial to give special attention to this remarkable history, the Performa Biennial transforms the city of New York into the “world capital of artists’ performance” every other November, attracting a national and international audience of more than 200,000 and garnering more than five million website hits during its three-week run. In the last decade, Performa has presented nearly 600 performances, worked with more than 700 artists, and toured commissioned performances in nearly 20 countries around the world.