Opening Night Benefit

Opening Night Benefit Featuring World Premiere of Elmgreen & Dragset's Happy Days in the Art World and Special Live Retrospective

Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
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Multiple Ticket Levels

Opening Night of the Performa Biennial is one of the most anticipated events on New York’s winter cultural calendar. Performa will celebrate the start of our fourth international biennial with the premiere performance of a new work by the artists Elmgreen & Dragset. This is the first large performance piece the internationally acclaimed artists have presented in New York City. The performance will be followed by an exceptional party featuring a retrospective of live performances by Elmgreen & Dragset.

7 pm            Doors open

7:30 pm       The World Premiere of Happy Days in the Art World by Elmgreen & Dragset
                    Starring Joseph Fiennes, Charles Edwards, and Kim Criswell
                    Directed by Toby Frow     

                    Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
                    566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South)

9 pm            Retrospective, Six Live Works by Elmgreen & Dragset
                    Cocktails and Light Dinner
                    Skylight Soho
                     275 Hudson Street (at Dominick Street)

$10,000 ticket package to Happy Days in the Art World and Retrospective with reserved
VIP seating for eight people

$5,000 ticket package to Happy Days in the Art World and Retrospective with reserved
VIP seating for four people

$1,000 ticket to Happy Days in the Art World and Retrospective with reserved VIP seating

$500 ticket to Happy Days in the Art World and Retrospective

$300 ticket for Retrospective at Skylight Soho starting at 9 pm

To purchase tickets and for more information, contact Loren Mullins, 212 366 5700 or loren@performa-arts.org.

About Happy Days in the Art World
The artists Elmgreen & Dragset (Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset) present the theatrical performance Happy Days in the Art World, a darkly comic self-portrait of the two artists, drawing references from Samuel Beckett’s play Happy Days (1961). The play tells the story of two main characters, played by renowned actors Joseph Fiennes and Charles Edwards and featuring Kim Criswell, and directed by Toby Frow. The characters use a droll sensibility to unveil their personal history together, their experience of being a “single work of art,” and their fears about what will happen to their substantial art careers when they break up.

 

 

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Elmgreen & Dragset
Happy Days in the Art World
  • Tue. Nov 1, 7:30 pm
  • Thu. Nov 3, 7:30 pm
Elmgreen & Dragset reflect on the artworld in a Beckett-esque self-portrait starring Joseph Fiennes and Charles Edwards. $25 and up
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Funding

Hosted by Julie Blakeslee and John Spong; Ambassador Sissel Breie, Consul General of Norway in New York; Amy Cappellazzo, Chairman, Christie’s International Post-War & Contemporary Art Development; Toby Devan Lewis; Wendy Fisher; Ambassador Jarl Frijs-Madsen, Consul General of Denmark in New York; Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman; RoseLee Goldberg and Dakota Jackson; Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn and Nicolas Rohatyn; Cindy Sherman.

Benefit Committee
Luisa Gui (Benefit Committee Coordinator), Peter Coffin, Mia Enell, Monica Eulitz, Anton Ginzburg, Dmitry Komis, Adina Popescu, Kathryn Rashid, Dan Sherer, Jeremy E. Steinke, Christian Wassmann, Vita Zaman

 

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