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Nov. 21, 2013
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The performance art biennale Performa 13 opens (Nov. 1-24, 2013)
Performa 13 is a New York performance art biennale founded by RoseLee Goldberg, the art historian known for her book Performance Art from Futurism to the Present. Now in its fifth holding, the 2013 Performa 13 program runs for roughly three weeks from November 1 with performance art events spanning and crossing the boundaries of the genres of visual arts, music, dance, fashion, design, architecture, etc. at more than 60 venues.
This biennale has a program to support the creative activities of visual artists doing performance works, and this time the Polish artist Paweł Althamer, German electronic music artist Florian Hecker, native New Yorker Rashid Johnson and nine other artists/groups were commissioned to present works. In his first large-scale public work for New York City titled BIBA PERFORMA, Paweł Althamer uses a restaurant in Brooklyn as the stage for events and performances involving artists with people from the local community. The work by post-black artist Rashid Johnson titled Dutchman is a reimagining of Dutchman, the famous play written in 1964 by Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones). It is staged at the Russian & Turkish Baths in the East Village with the audience wearing swimsuits and sandals to experience the performance in the unique environment of the hot, confined spaces of the baths.
In the Performa Premieres program of works being presented for the first time in New York is Philippe Quesne’s work BIVOUAC, the work Disabled Theater by Jérôme Bel in collaboration with Theater HORA, the duet work Still Standing You by Pieter Ampe and Guilherme Garrido and other works.
The Pavilions Without Walls is a new Performa initiative starting this year modeled on the idea of the Venice Bienniale's pavilions with the aim to foster deeper levels of cultural and artistic exchange, and the partner countries this time were Norway and Poland.
Among the other events is an exhibition by New York-based Japanese artists Aki Sasamoto titled We Live With Animals. And, principal dancer of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Miki Orihara performs in the dance piece Surreal Graham.

Festival Outline
Performa is a performance art biennale founded in 2004 by art historian RoseLee Goldberg and sponsored by the organization of the same name. Held every other year since 2005, the biennale has a range of innovative programs that break down the boundaries between visual art, music, dance, poetry, fashion, architecture, etc. Central among these is the commissions program to support visual artists in creating performance works, which includes among it past participants the musician Arto Lindsay, choreographer and video artist Yvonne Rainer, the painter Wangechi Mutu and artist Mike Kelley. Some of the works from this program have gone on to be shown around the world after premiering at Performa.