Performa 09: Creative Takeover

"Parades and Changes, replays", photo by Jérôme Delatour

This Friday marks the beginning of Performa 09, the third biennial of a city-wide, three-week festival of performance art.  Unlike the last two festivals, Performa 09 will attempt to break down the boundaries that exist between artistic mediums.  In a recent post on WNYC, festival director RoseLee Goldberg said, “This year we’re doing dance, theater, film, fashion, food, architecture, graphic design, and poetry. The idea that we can talk about all media, all the time, that’s what takes this biennial to the next level.”

Performa 09 will present new work by more than 150 contemporary artists in collaboration with more than eighty of the city’s arts institutions.  Check the full calendar of events for dates and ticket information (though many of the performances are FREE).  Friday’s opening night benefit, which includes a food installation by Jennifer Rubell (and indoor apple picking), sounds like an exciting way to kick off the festival.

One of the highly anticipated dance offerings comes from Deborah Hay and Yvonne Rainer, two of the founding members of the Judson Dance Theater and both influential voices in post-modern dance.  They’ll present new work and share the stage at Baryshnikov Arts Center from November 17 to 19.  Another exciting dance event is Anne Collod’s restaging of Anna Halprin’s 1965 work, Parades and Changes, at Dance Theater Workshop from November 18 to 21.

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