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Tuesday, 23 October 2007

the second visual art performance biennial
October 27-November 20 2007


PERFORMA 07 will take place across New York City with an expanded roster of consortium members, ten major new PERFORMA Commissions, a lively and event driven educational program, and a focus on several new themes, including the relationship between the avant-garde dance and art worlds, with visual art projects that include choreographic precepts as material for art.

An exciting four week programme of performances, exhibitions, film, screenings, lectures and symposia, as well as PERFORMA TV and PERFORMA Radio, PERFORMA 07 has been organized in collaboration with 30 leading cultural institutions and their curators across the city to provide audiences with an overview of contemporary visual art performance.

Featuring more than one hundred international artists and projects including Allan Kaprow's 18 Happenings in 6 Parts (Reenactment), Dance After Choreography (with Xavier Leroy, Jerome Bel, Pablo Bronstein, Markus Schinwald, and more), the Long March Project from Beijing, amongst many others, PERFORMA07 will articulate a broad range of ideas and sensibilities across disciplines and media. Building on the important era of downtown New York of the Sixties and Seventies, when the area was a beacon for the newest developments in dance, film, music and visual arts, this second biennial re-imagines the past, with historical reconstructions such as Allan Kaprow's legendary "18 Happenings in Six Parts," and also looks to the future, with its focus on new media and the infinite possibilities of generating new directions for the visual and performing arts of the new century.

PERFORMA 07 sees the expansion of PERFORMA Commissions, with the programme featuring ten artists, including Francesco Vezzoli, Daria Martin, Isaac Julien, Yvonne Rainer, Kelly Nipper, Adam Pendelton, Nathalie Durberg, and Japanther amongst others.

PERFORMA 07 also launches PERFORMA publications, with PERFORMA: New Visual Art Performance, a chronology and a record of PERFORMA 05, that is as much artists' notebook as a new guide to cultural life in the city.

PERFORMA also hosts for the first time, with New York University, Performance Studies International, a four-day conference (8 – 11 November) of keynote addresses, panels and workshops that offer an exciting opportunity to provide a critical and historical context for the new work presented during the biennial. www.psi-web.org/psi13/main.html

Full PERFORMA 07 programme and venue details can be found on www.performa-arts.org


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