April 12, 2013 - Performa - Performa 13
April 12, 2013

Performa 13

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Performa 13
November 1–24, 2013


Performa announces the dates of its landmark fifth biennial in New York City
Performa 13 will take place from Friday, November 1st through Sunday, November 24th. The three week program of more than 100 separate events presented at over 40 venues across the city will be announced in July with behind-the-scene studio visits, information from more than 30 curators responsible for selecting and working with artists from around the world, and previews from cities as far afield as Johannesburg, Delhi, Singapore, Oslo and Warsaw.

New Partnerships
Presented in partnership with the Biennial Consortium of organizations and institutions throughout New York, Performa 13 will provide the most diverse overview of live performance and contemporary culture in a full-to-bursting schedule. Commissioning over half of the Performa 13 program, the Biennial Consortium is made up of the most exciting organizations and curators, joining forces to present exceptional curatorial programs across the city.

Pavilion Without Walls
New to the organizational structure this year will be Pavilions Without Walls, our international initiative that in its inaugural year will be led by Norway and Poland. Both countries have been closely involved with the planning of the biennial to integrate programming that builds substantial trans-Atlantic connections between cultural producers and artists across disciplines through the commissioning, presentation, and research of live performance, both in their countries and beyond.

Performa Institute
A year-round think tank that includes public programs, conferences, and publications, the Performa Institute will provide the research and educational component of the biennial with more than 30 artist- and curator-led classes, as well as several symposia that traverse biennial themes.

Come for a few days or stay for three weeks. Our Fellowship and Internship programs made up of international post-graduates and curators, as well as our graduate Performa Intensive at the Steinhardt School at New York University, will provide guidance for Performa 13 visitors. November 2013 is the time to be in New York—please join us.

Performa Commissions, Premieres and the program will be announced in July. Tickets for Performa 13 events will be available starting September 1st.

Performa 13 is supported by grants from Toby Devan Lewis, The Lambent Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, The Potter Charitable Trust, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. International support is provided by The Office for Contemporary Art Norway, The Royal Norwegian Consulate, The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, The Polish Institute, The French-American Fund for Contemporary Theater, a program of FACE, and FUSED: French U.S. Exchange in Dance. Organizational support is provided by the Performa Board of Directors, The Performa Producers Circle, Curators Circle, and Visionaries, as well as the many generous artists who donate their time, creative energy, and artwork in support of Performa.

About Performa

Founded in 2004 by art historian and curator RoseLee Goldberg, Performa is the leading international organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live visual art performance in the history of the twentieth century and to generating new directions for the twenty-first century, engaging artists and audiences through experimentation, innovation and collaboration. Performa’s unique commissioning, touring, and year-round education programs, involving all disciplines, forge a new course for contemporary art and culture and culminate in the Performa biennial every other November.

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