William Kentridge, Ursonate, 2017. A Performa Commission. Photo by Paula Court. 




Our supporters play a vital role in sustaining Performa’s ambitious mission and programs -- enabling us to support and nurture the artists whose work we commission and present. 


Our 2018 activities and programming included a public conversation about the newly discovered Julius Eastman’s Symphony No. II. The Faithful Friend (1983), continuing to manage Yvonne Rainer’s dance company, which presented seminal early works at MoMA during the fall as a part of MoMA’s extraordinary exhibition, Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done, a presentation of the Performa Orchestra of Noise Intoners at Cornell Universitya tribute to the work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude at our annual galathe exhibition Commissions from Performa’s Archives at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, and the publication of our Founding Director and Chief Curator RoseLee Goldberg’s latest book from Thames & Hudson Performance Now.


We are pleased to announce the dates of the Performa 19 Biennial, which will run from November 1- 24, 2019 at venues throughout New York City. Please save the date, and stay in touch as we announce the exciting commissions and special productions for Performa 19 by emerging and established artists from around the world.


We continue to lead the field in the study and commissioning of live performance, highlighting its history and producing new live work that reflects the profound humanism at the heart of the artists with whom we work. 




Every contribution, no matter how small, is gratefully received. Our various levels of annual giving help sustain all of our activities and give you insider access to our programming and our process. Our Commissioning Council and Commissioning Fund provide support directly to the production of new work by artists from around the work and gives you access to artists and a front row seat.  


Thank you for playing a pivotal role in shaping our exciting programming with a 100% tax-deductible donation or engaging in our community through the purchase of a membership. Every gift, no matter the size, is significant support of Performa artists and the organization.


On behalf of the Performa Board of Directors, staff, and our family of artists, thank you for your incredible generosity!


For more information, please contact Sarah Haimes at or by calling 212-366-5700. 


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