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PRINT April 1983

FORUM

John Howell

TO JUDGE BY SURFACE evidence, the performance world has never been in better shape. An avalanche of press releases describes an unprecedented number of events; a performance circuit of capable, committed producers is in place and working away. A new “crossover” between performance spaces and clubs, experimenters and rockers, monologuists and stand-up comedians, multi-media events and variety shows, has created a whole new, creatively confusing performance field. Grant agencies continue to fund provocative work in the face of budget cuts and conservative bureaucratic pressure. And performance has been presented on a bigger scale than ever before, to large and enthusiastic audiences.

Yet there’s a feeling that the art world, once a direct, deeply involved patron of performance but now gone gaga over big paintings and big bucks, is not doing all it could to support performance, its poor

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