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Boris Charmatz, Flip Book Part of Musée de la Danse: Three Collective Gestures, 2008/2013. Performance view, Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 1, 2013.

Performa 13

Performa

Boris Charmatz, Flip Book Part of Musée de la Danse: Three Collective Gestures, 2008/2013. Performance view, Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 1, 2013.

In her groundbreaking book Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present, first published in 1979, RoseLee Goldberg traced the history of her subject within the context of the art world. This world turned out to be broadly defined, allowing the author to discuss many events that others might label dance, music, or theater. Performa, which Goldberg launched in New York in 2005 as the first biennial dedicated to “visual art performance,” is similarly catholic in its offerings. While featuring numerous artists’ virgin efforts in live performance, Performa has frequently presented choreographers, composers, and even standup comics.

Performa 13, which took place this past November, was no exception. The month was a mix of multiple curators’ projects and co-presentations with museums and theaters, spread throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. Whereas a typical biennial can be

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