Performa Commissions

Performa Commissions, which originate new performances by inviting visual artists—many of whom have never worked live before—to create work especially for the Performa biennial. Artists receive unparalleled support to realize powerful, intellectually reflective, and artistically innovative works of live performance.

Mika Rottenberg and Jon Kessler · SEVEN

Mika Rottenberg and Jon KesslerSEVEN

  • Thursday, November 3, 6:00 pm
  • Friday, November 4, 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 5, 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 9, 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 10, 2:00 pm
  • Friday, November 11, 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 12, 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 17, 2:00 pm
  • Friday, November 18, 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 19, 2:00 pm

Nicole Klagsbrun Project Space MAP

A chakra sauna channeling chromatic body fluids from New York to Cradle of Humankind in Africa.
Frances Stark · Put a Song in Your Thing

Frances StarkPut a Song in Your Thing

  • Friday, November 4, 8:30 pm

Abrons Arts Center MAP

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A semi-autobiographical stroll through the creative chaos of the artist’s life, involving a dancer, and DJ from the dancehall “daggering” scene.
Gerard Byrne · In Repertory

Gerard ByrneIn Repertory

  • Saturday, November 5, 6:00 pm

Abrons Arts Center MAP

A process-based project installed underneath a theater, with viewers responding to installed props, mixing with actors employed in a subtle, interspersed fashion.
Tarek Atoui · Visiting Tarab

Tarek AtouiVisiting Tarab

  • Saturday, November 5, 8:30 pm

SIR Stage 37 MAP

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Artists from pop, hip hop, electronic, and improvised music re-imagine the world's largest archive of Classical Arab music.
Ming Wong · Persona Performa

Ming WongPersona Performa

  • Thursday, November 10, 8:00 pm
  • Friday, November 11, 8:00 pm

Museum of the Moving Image MAP

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After Bergman’s Persona, a human filmstrip of American cinema archetypes winds its way through the museum.
Shirin Neshat · OverRuled

Shirin NeshatOverRuled

  • Friday, November 11, 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 12, 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 12, 8:00 pm


Cedar Lake MAP
$35 General, $35 to $100 Opening Night

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A highly stylized performance set in a courtroom which references historical and contemporary Iranian and Arab uprisings against various forms of dictatorship and theocracy.
Liz Magic Laser · I Feel Your Pain

Liz Magic LaserI Feel Your Pain

  • Sunday, November 13, 8:00 pm
  • Monday, November 14, 8:00 pm

The SVA Theatre MAP
FREE, first come first serve.

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A constructivist-style “living newspaper” restaging America’s recent political contestations as a romantic drama.
Guy Maddin · Tales from the Gimli Hospital: Reframed

Guy MaddinTales from the Gimli Hospital: Reframed

  • Friday, November 18, 7:00 pm
  • Friday, November 18, 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 19, 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 19, 9:00 pm

Please note new performance dates and times.

Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center MAP
$25 in advance / $30 at the door. Discount for Performa and Film Society members/students/seniors ($20/$25).

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A live, dreamlike re-imagining of Maddin’s first feature film, produced in 1988, with a new score by acclaimed Icelandic musicians.
Ragnar Kjartansson · Bliss

Ragnar KjartanssonBliss

  • Saturday, November 19, 12:00 pm

Abrons Arts Center MAP
$30 / $10 ticket with discount code "figaro"

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A twelve-hour live loop of the final aria of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, with full orchestra, scenery, and period costume.