Tori Wrånes's Yes NIX, 2013, from Performa 13.

Performa Announces Dates, Commissions, and Theme for 2017

Performa 17 will take place this year from November 1 to November 19. The new edition of the performance biennial will feature commissions from Yto Barrada, William Kentridge, Tarik Kiswanson, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Julie Mehretu and Jason Moran, Zanele Muholi, Wangechi Mutu, Kelly Nipper, Jimmy Robert, and Tracey Rose. This year’s thematic focus will be on Dada (according to Performa’s press release), and the festival will specifically examine how “contemporary artists are responding to the movement 101 years later,” in addition to “exploring the importance of performance art as a key vehicle for [Dada’s] radical beliefs since its inception in 1916.”

This year, the biennial is also launching the Performa Commissioning Council to provide one-to-one support to all the commissioned artists throughout the many stages of development for their projects. The council will invite patrons to invest in and gain access to all the intimate facets of the artists’ creative processes.