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“Artists Call”—Performance

Danspace, Franklin Furnace, P.S. 122, and Taller Latinoamericano

As part of the “Artists Call against U.S. Intervention in Central America” program, a nationwide political-action series of exhibitions, panels, video, film, and such, four New York spaces (Danspace, Franklin Furnace, P.S. 122, and Taller Latinoamericano) sponsored eight evenings of performance works as benefits. At the two programs I attended the audiences were unexpectedly large and enthusiastic, and an obvious feeling that these were unusual events ran through both the performances and the audience’s reactions. According to the sponsors, this was also true of the other evenings.

The conjunction of a specific political orientation and the work of some sixty different performers might seem strange at first. After all, some of performance’s most salient basic qualities—it’s ultra-personal, idiosyncratic, and willfully independent—would appear out of sync with a narrowly defined political

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