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Performa announces new commissions for 201 New York

Artist Simon Fujiwara, Mika Rottenberg and Jon Kessler, Frances Stark and Ming Wong will participate in the Performa Commissions program, which funds artists to produce a performance work for the biennial venue.

“These awards allow artists to take off in whatever direction they choose and bring their ideas to life in extraordinary ways,” Roselee Goldberg, founding director of Performa, told ARTINFO.

Performa is a non-profit interdisciplinary arts organization devoted mainly to performance. The Performa Biennial brings more than 40 of New York’s art and cultural institutions and 25 curators together to present live works over the course of three weeks.

Among the works to be included, Ming Wong has 24 actors of different ages and nationalities invited to create a performance at the Museum of the Moving Image. This project will recreate scenes of American actresses in famous filmstrips. Fujiwara will present a theatrical performance mixing African exploration and Abstract Expressionism in some way.
New participants will include Michigan-based musician and performer Robert Ashley who will present a remake of the 1970s cult classic “That Morning Thing.” French choreographer Boris Charmatz will debut his “Dancing Museum.”

Performa 2011 is scheduled for November 1-22, 2011.

A still from Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives, 1984, produced at the Kitchen.