Performa 13 Dates: November 1-24, 2013

Performa announces the dates for its landmark fifth biennial in New York City
Performa 13 will take place from Friday, November 1st through Sunday, November 24th. The 24-day program of more than 100 separate events presented at over 40 venues across the city will be announced over the coming months through video press releases, behind the scenes studio visits with Performa 13 artists, interviews with the more than 30 curators responsible for selecting and working with artists from around the world, and sneak previews from cities as far a field as Johannesburg, Delhi, Shanghai, Oslo, Warsaw and Singapore.

Get Ready for the Marvelous
Our historical "anchor" this year is Surrealism, and programming will reflect more than eighteen months of curatorial research and investigation on this topic. Performa 13 will address the legacy of Surrealism with such key inputs in modern and contemporary art as the liberation of the psyche, poetry, "the marvelous," and artists’ engagement with politics.

Central to the biennial will be the crucial role artists play to envision new kinds of citizenship for the twenty-first century by nurturing and championing new ways and desires to live together, wherever they may be. Idiosyncratic uses of the voice by performers will also be explored during the biennial; the disembodied voice, the voice as instrument of desire and menace, sound and song, and as a platform for the language of persuasion, coercion, seduction, and violence.

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

Pavilion Without Walls
New to the organizational structure of the biennial 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. During the biennial and throughout 2014, the Institute will present a special platform on the idea of “art schools of the twenty-first century” which explores the creative, political, economic, humanist, and ethical issues related to the education of artists of our time.

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.

Tickets for Performa 13 events will be available starting September 1st.

Planning for Performa 13 has been supported by grants from the Lambent Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, Toby Devan Lewis, 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 of Contemporary Art, The Royal Norwegian Consulate, The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, and The Polish Institute.  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.