Next Biennial: PERFORMA17: November 1 - 19, 2017



PERFORMA 15: November 1 - 22, 2015



Since 2004, Performa has been a leader in commissioning artists who together shape the next chapter of the multi-century legacy of visual artists working in live performance. Serving as an incubator for artists' projects, Performa encourages new directions for live performance while paying homage to the form's history and making way for its future.

Celebrating ten years since the founding of the Performa biennial in 2005, Performa 15, will premiere new works by artists Robin Rhode (South Africa), Pauline Curnier Jardin (France/The Netherlands), Edgar Arceneaux (United States), and Erika Vogt (United States), Performa alums Jérôme Bel (France) and Jesper Just (Denmark), as well as returning artist Francesco Vezzoli (Italy) in special collaboration with dancer David Hallberg (United States), to name a few.

Performa 15 will take place November 1 – 22, 2015 at various locations across New York City.

Images of projects by Ulla von Brandenburg, Volmir Cordeiro, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Simon Fujiwara, Christodoulos Panayiotou, and Erika Vogt.

Performa announces a pioneering partnership with Lafayette Anticipation, Fondation Galeries Lafayette, to launch during Performa 15.

Since its inception in 2004, Performa has been a leader in commissioning live performances by artists working in the field of visual arts. Likewise Lafayette Anticipation has established itself as a major player in producing ambitious new works by contemporary artists and designers since its creation in 2013. Both organizations strive to deepen this shared commitment and actively collaborate in mentoring and supporting artists to conceive, create, develop, and deliver stunning new works that will shape the visual art landscape of the twenty-first century.

From November 4 to 15, as part of the Performa 15 biennial, this collaboration will showcase cutting-edge works by artists Ulla von Brandenburg (Germany/France), Volmir Cordeiro (Brazil/France), Pauline Curnier Jardin (France/The Netherlands), Simon Fujiwara (United Kingdom), Christodoulos Panayiotou (Cyprus), and Erika Vogt (USA). This program is curated by Charles Aubin, Associate Curator for both Performa (since 2013) and Lafayette Anticipation (since March 2015), and will take place at various locations across New York City. This exciting collaborative program will establish the basis for an even more ambitious series of programs conceived together and co-presented by the two organizations in 2016 and 2017.

“It is rare for two organizations to be as thoroughly in sync as Performa and Lafayette Anticipation including in their willingness to collaborate,” said RoseLee Goldberg, Founding Director and Curator of Performa. “The working relationship with the foundation’s director, François Quintin and the rapport of both our teams, has been seamless and we’re thrilled to be building future programming together in Paris and New York but also further afield.”


All images © Paula Court

PERFORMA13: November 1 - 24, 2013



Performa 13 is the only biennial dedicated to commissioning, presenting and exploring new visual art performance across disciplines. For three weeks Performa and a consortium of innovative organizations will band together to transform New York City into an international platform for celebrating live art.

More than 100 separate events presented at over 40 venues across the city will be announced throughout August, September and October. Stay tuned for all the latest about art that will be coming from cities as far afield as Johannesburg, Delhi, Singapore, Oslo and Warsaw.

Performa Commissions: Rashid Johnson, Subodh Gupta, Rosa Barba, Alexandre Singh, Marianne Vitale, Raqs Media Collective, Ryan McNamara, Paweł Althamer, Tori Wrånes, and Florian Hecker

Performa Premieres: Maria Hassabi, Jérôme Bel & Theater Hora, Cally Spooner, Pieter Ampe & Guilherme Garrido, Einat Amir, Molly Lowe, Philippe Quesne, and Joan Jonas

Performa Projects: Pete Drungle, Noé Soulier, Man with a Projector (featuring Malcolm Le Grice, Guy Sherwin, Lynn Loo, and Keith Rowe), Akademia Ruchu, Flag NYC, Lina Viste Grønli, Jumana Manna and Sille Storihle, Radek Szlaga and Konrad Smoleński, Eleanor Bauer, In Tones from Light to Dark (featuring Jenny Hval, Stine Motland, C. Spencer Yeh, and Attila Csihar), Karol Radziszewski, Katarzyna Krakowiak, Ed Atkins, Voice is the Original Instrument (featuring Joan La Barbara, Maja Ratkje, and The M6: Meredith Monk Music Third Generation), Vishal Jugdeo, Cricoteka, Terry Adkins, Gabriel Lester, Pedro Gómez-Egaña, Three Duets, Seven Variations (featuring Benjamin Patterson, Zachery Fabri, Pope.L, Senga Nengudi, Tameka Norris, and Jamal Cyrus), Bedwyr Williams, and To Breathe is Not Enough (featuring Karl Holmqvist, Will Holder, and Angie Keefer)

NEW: Pavilion Without Walls

New to 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.

Read GalleristNY on the Pavilion Without Walls

Biennial Consortium
Presented in partnership with organizations and institutions throughout New York, Performa 13 will provide the most diverse overview of live performance and contemporary culture in a full-to-bursting schedule. Commissioning over half of the Performa 13 program, the Biennial Consortium is made up of the most exciting organizations and curators, joining forces to present exceptional curatorial programs across the city.

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.

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 beginning in September.

Performa 13 is supported by grants from Toby Devan Lewis, The Lambent Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, The Potter Charitable Trust, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts. International support is provided by The Office for Contemporary Art Norway, The Royal Norwegian Consulate, The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, The Polish Cultural Institute New York, The French-American Fund for Contemporary Theater, a program of FACE, and FUSED: French U.S. Exchange in Dance, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, and The Dena Foundation.  

Organizational support is provided by:
Performa Board of Directors
Performa Producers Circle 
Curators Circle

As well as the many generous artists who donate their time, creative energy and artwork in support of Performa.