Performa is pleased to announce Loudspeaker: A Symposium for Extra-Normal Vocals, a concert/symposium that considers the historic grounding of extended vocal technique as well as current developments within contemporary avant-garde performance. Pioneered by New York-based vocalists such as Joan La Barbara, Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, Meredith Monk, and Diamanda Galas, participants will demonstrate the range of sounds of which the voice is capable, from vocal trills and ululation (Joan La Barbara, Meredith Monk) to melisma (Whitney Houston and Beyoncé) and death growl (Napalm Death).
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.
Performa is pleased to announce that RoseLee Goldberg will deliver the keynote address at the panel discussion organized by Experienz, an innovative, forward-thinking, four-day platform dedicated to contemporary performance and live art, taking place at WIELS contemporary art center in Brussels (April 18th-21st). Other Performa artists taking part in this program include Liz Magic Laser (Performa 11), Davide Balula (Performa 09) and Guillaume Désanges (Performa 09).
“it seems possible that as ‘Bliss’ continues to unravel, it will expose human kindness as much as human imperfection, and that the key element extended into real time and space by Mr. Kjartansson and his collaborators will be the act of forgiveness conveyed by, but also implicit within, the countess’s few, achingly affecting notes.”
"Performa revived legends. But throughout the run, the festival also staged strong contemporary work."
"Up may be down, and down up, but in her clever performance Laser devised a way through all the blather."
"[The] exhibition should read like so many variations on the theme of rebelliousness."
"It is unexpectedly dazzling"
"Ms. Bauer channels everything from Karen Finley to “Swan Lake,” morphing with live-wire intensity from giant teddy bear to rebellious little girl to chameleon chanteuse."
"During the first preview performance on Thursday, most spectators sat respectfully still, but in later iterations, people moved around, as is encouraged, and struck up quiet conversations."
"TAREK ATOUI: VISITING TARAB" profile in the New Yorker
Elmgreen & Dragset profile preview in the New York Times by Randy Kennedy.
A PRE-PERFORMA 11 HALLOWEEN BASH AT SANTOS PARTY HOUSE ON FRIDAY OCTOBER 28TH!
"Live performance will be erupting, and possibly disrupting, New York for three weeks starting Nov. 1..."
"The well-loved performance biennial has released its full — and massive — schedule of events."
"The almost unbelievably epic calendar is available at Performa’s website."
“If all of us would dare to be more ridiculous, we wouldn’t be so neurotic.”
Performa on Artnet "Bigger than Ever!"
“RoseLee said to me, ‘Do your fantasy darling!’”
"Getting Pumped for Performa!"
"Repeat Performance: The Redoubtable RoseLee Goldberg’s Performa Festival is Back and Bigger Than Ever."
"This November, Performa 11 will hit New York City with an avalanche of performance art events..."