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Performance Art

In this section, you’ll find content about work that falls into the category of performance art, which often includes interdisciplinary work, especially work that combines visual art and performance, and is based around the actions of the artist. A great place to start is the series Conversations Across Generations, featuring dialogues between UK-based performance artists discussing their work, lives, and inspiration.

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Livestreaming a Performance: Electric Gugak
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Livestreaming a Performance: Electric Gugak
A Multi-locational Live Concert which Features Performances from Seoul, New York City, and Los Angeles
Friday 5 November 2021
United States
Waves of Gravity
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Waves of Gravity
Through Raga, Polyphonic Overtone Singing, Experimental Music, Improvisational Flights of Fancy, and Spoken Word, Neel Murgai Creates a Psychedelic Universe of Sight and Sound
Thursday 21 October and Friday 22 October 2021
United States
Livestreaming a Performance: Downtown Variety: Mexico Edition
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Livestreaming a Performance: Downtown Variety: Mexico Edition
Bringing La MaMa's 1960s Café Aesthetic to a Virtual Platform that Links Performers and Audiences in Real Time Across Distance
United States
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Livestreaming a Performance: Electric Gugak
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Livestreaming a Performance: Electric Gugak

A Multi-locational Live Concert which Features Performances from Seoul, New York City, and Los Angeles

Friday 5 November 2021
United States

La MaMa and CultureHub present Electric Gugak livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 5 November 2021 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 9 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 10 a.m. KST (Seoul, UTC +9).

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Livestreaming a Performance: Downtown Variety: Mexico Edition
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Livestreaming a Performance: Downtown Variety: Mexico Edition

Bringing La MaMa's 1960s Café Aesthetic to a Virtual Platform that Links Performers and Audiences in Real Time Across Distance

United States

La MaMa and CultureHub present Downtown Variety: Mexico Edition livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv.

artist holding a sitar in front of an image of a galaxy.
Waves of Gravity
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Waves of Gravity

Through Raga, Polyphonic Overtone Singing, Experimental Music, Improvisational Flights of Fancy, and Spoken Word, Neel Murgai Creates a Psychedelic Universe of Sight and Sound

Thursday 21 October and Friday 22 October 2021
United States

La MaMa and CultureHub present Waves of Gravity livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 21 October and Friday 22 October 2021 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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Taylor Talks: HERE Resident Artists talk art & process with Taylor Mac
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Taylor Talks: HERE Resident Artists talk art & process with Taylor Mac

Episode 8: Sachiyo Takahashi & gamin

Tuesday 4 May 2021
United States

HERE presented Taylor Talks: Episode 8 with Sachiyo Takahashi & gamin livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 4 May 2021 at 10 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 12 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 1 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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Downtown Variety: Kenya Edition
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Downtown Variety: Kenya Edition

Bringing La MaMa's 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance

Friday 30 April 2021
Kenya

La MaMa and CultureHub presented Downtown Variety: Kenya Edition livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 30 April 2021 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 12 p.m. PDT (New York, UTC -4) / 7 p.m. EAT (Nairobi, UTC +3).

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Sonic Gathering In Person
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Sonic Gathering In Person

Featuring a rotating cast of dancers and musicians presenting new collaborative work of movement and sound

Wednesday 7 April 2021
United States

CultureHub presented Sonic Gathering In Person with Re-Fest livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 7 April 2021 at 3 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 5 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 6 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

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Taylor Talks: HERE Resident Artists talk art & process with Taylor Mac
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Taylor Talks: HERE Resident Artists talk art & process with Taylor Mac

Episode 6: Ximena Garnica & Shige Moriya

Tuesday 6 April 2021
United States

HERE presented Taylor Talks: Episode 6 with Ximena Garnica & Shige Moriya livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 4 April 2021 at 10 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 12 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 1 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

Glod: Political Theatre as a Civil Right event poster.
CRIME: A response to Crime and Punishment by Feodor Dostoievsky
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CRIME: A response to Crime and Punishment by Feodor Dostoievsky

Performance followed by a panel discussion

Monday 5 April 2021
Romania

Glod: Political Theatre as a Civil Right presented CRIME: A response to Crime and Punishment by Feodor Dostoievsky livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 5 April 2021 at 10 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 1 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 6 p.m. BST (London, UTC +1) / 20:00 EEST (Cluj, UTC +3).

Downtown Variety: Serbia Edition
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Downtown Variety: Serbia Edition

Bringing La MaMa's 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance

Friday 19 February 2021
Serbia

La MaMa and CultureHub presented Downtown Variety: Serbia Edition livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 19 February 2020 at 1 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 3 p.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 4 p.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

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Liberating Terror
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Liberating Terror

Clown and Activism

13 November 2020

Sayda Trujillo talks about white supremacy’s prevalence in clown pedagogy and shares how the invincible spirit of the clown has shaped her, “seeping through every tiny crack possible to make itself present to speak, to laugh, to sing, to bounce, to witness, and to encounter.”

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A Performance to Camera: Lavender Man
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A Performance to Camera: Lavender Man

An online conversation between two artists Tania El Khoury and Mohamad Ali “Dali” Agrebi

Saturday 24 October 2020
United Kingdom

performingbordersLIVE20 and Live Art Development Agency presented Lavender Man, a performance to camera, livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 24 October 2020 at 1:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 6:30 p.m. BST (London, UTC+1) / 19:30 CEST (UTC+2).

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A Performance of Re-Re-Generation
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A Performance of Re-Re-Generation

Re-imagining performances originally created for Re-Fest 2020, CultureHub’s annual festival that brings together artists, technologists, and activists

Saturday 19 September 2020
Los Angeles, California

CultureHub LA presented a performance Re-Re-Generation livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 19 September 2020 at 7 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles, UTC -7) / 9 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 10 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

Downtown Variety: Juneteenth
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Downtown Variety: Juneteenth

An ancestral healing tele-protest to extend the resilience of Detroit and Flint artists to the multiverse of the global Black movement

Friday 19 June 2020
Untied States

La MaMa and CultureHub presented Downtown Variety: Juneteenth livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 19 June 2020 at 2 p.m. HST (Honolulu, UTC -10) / 4 p.m. AKDT (Juneau, UTC -8) / 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 6 p.m. MDT (Denver, UTC -6) 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 8 p.m. EDT (Detroit, UTC -4).

artist on stage with green projections
Downtown Variety: X
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Downtown Variety: X

Bringing La MaMa's 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance

Friday 5 June 2020
United States

La MaMa and CultureHub presented Downtown Variety: X livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 5 June 2020 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

School of resistance event details.
School of Resistance - Episode Two: Make the World Habitable Again
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School of Resistance - Episode Two: Make the World Habitable Again

Climate, economy and protest in the Global South. A dialog with Vandana Shiva and Vanessa Nakate hosted by Lara Staal

Thursday 28 May 2020
Ghent, Belgium

NTGent presented School of Resistance - Episode Two: Make the World Habitable Again livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 28 May 2020 at 10 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 11 a.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 16:00 BEST (London, UTC+1) / 17:00 CEST (Ghent, UTC+2) / 18:00 EAT (Kampala, UTC+3) 20:30 IST (New Delhi, UTC+5:30).

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Café La MaMa Live: Take 7
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Café La MaMa Live: Take 7

Weekly live performances that experiment with form.

Tuesday 26 May 2020
New York City

La MaMa Experimental Theater Club and CultureHub presented Café La MaMa Live: Take 7 livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 26 May 2020 at 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 7 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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Downtown Variety: Take 9
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Downtown Variety: Take 9

Bringing La MaMa's 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance

Friday 22 May 2020
New York City

La MaMa and CultureHub presented Downtown Variety: Take 9 livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 22 May 2020 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

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culturecapital:online
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culturecapital:online

Two players compete online for sweet art money in culturecapital, the arts economy trading card game

Wednesday 20 May 2020
Canada

National Theatre School of Canada presented the first ever culturecapital:online livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 20 May 2020 at 6 p.m. PDT (Vancouver, UTC-7) / 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 9 p.m. EDT (Toronto, UTC-4) / Thursday 21 May 10:00 KST (Seoul, UTC+9) / 13:00 NZST (Auckland, UTC+12).

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Café La MaMa Live: Cope-a-Pandemic
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Café La MaMa Live: Cope-a-Pandemic

Weekly live performances that experiment with form.

Tuesday 19 May 2020
New York City

La MaMa Experimental Theater Club and CultureHub presented Café La MaMa Live: Take 3 livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 19 May 2020 at 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 7 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 1 p.m HST (Honoloulu UTC-10) / 3 p.m. AKDT (Anchorage, UTC-8).

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School of Resistance - Episode One: This Madness Has to Stop
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School of Resistance - Episode One: This Madness Has to Stop

Opening speech of Wiener Festwochen by Kay Sara. Followed by a debate with Tania Bruguera and Milo Rau, moderated by Lara Staal

Saturday 16 May 2020
Ghent, Belgium

NTGent presented School of Resistance - Episode One: This madness has to stop livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 16 May 2020 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) / 17:00 BEST (London, UTC+1) / 18:00 CEST (Belgium, UTC+2).

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Downtown Variety: Take 8
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Downtown Variety: Take 8

Bringing La MaMa's 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance

Friday 8 May 2020
New York City

La MaMa and CultureHub presented Downtown Variety: Take 8 livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 8 May 2020 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

blue digital background with text cafe la mama live
Café La MaMa Live: Take 5
Video

Café La MaMa Live: Take 5

Weekly live performances that experiment with form.

Tuesday 5 May 2020
New York City

La MaMa Experimental Theater Club and CultureHub presented Café La MaMa Live: Take 5 livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 5 May 2020 at 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 7 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

digital image of woman's face in blue
Downtown Variety: Take 7
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Downtown Variety: Take 7

Bringing La MaMa's 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance

Friday 1 May 2020
New York City

La MaMa and CultureHub presented Downtown Variety: Take 7 livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 1 May 2020 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

an actor onstage
I Am the Damage We Have Done to the Earth
Essay

I Am the Damage We Have Done to the Earth

Intersections of the Climate Crisis and Disability

28 April 2020

Performance artist Hanna Cormick talks about how she uses her body as a metaphor for the damage humans do to the earth, and calls for a more sustainable relationship to our bodies and nature.

digital image of woman's face in blue
Downtown Variety: Take 6
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Downtown Variety: Take 6

Bringing La MaMa's 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance

Friday 24 April 2020
New York City

La MaMa and CultureHub presented Downtown Variety livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 24 April 2020 at 5 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 7 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 8 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).