PERFORMA 13: Pete Drungle – Dream Sequences for Solo Piano

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

Co-presented with Roulette

The virtuoso pianist and composer Pete Drungle – known for his epic 24 hour solo piano improvisation of Performa 07 – returns to the biennial and his roots in creating film scores for Dream Sequences For Solo Piano. Drungle has culled the dream sequences from Surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel, the artist responsible for the infamous eye slicing scene in Un chien andalou, and transformed them into a single hour-long sequence that will accompany him as he plays live on grand piano. In addition to his own exploration of music as performance art, Drungle has collaborated with artists such as Kronos Quartet, choreographer Sarah Michelson, visual artist Marianne Vitale and Yoko Ono.

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Doors open open at 7:15pm.

Founded in 2004 by art historian and curator RoseLee Goldberg, Performa is the leading international organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live visual art performance in the history of the twentieth century and to generating new directions for the twenty-first century, engaging artists and audiences through experimentation, innovation, and collaboration. Performa’s unique commissioning, touring, and year-round education programs, involving all disciplines, forge a new course for contemporary art and culture, and culminate in the Performa biennial in New York City every other November. In 2005, Performa launched the first-ever biennial dedicated to visual art performance, Performa 05, which was then followed by Performa 07 (2007), Performa 09 (2009), and Performa 11 (2011).

Since its inception, Performa has operated as both an urban and international project demonstrating how organizations can collaborate to present major arts programs that are both artistically innovative and internationally relevant. Performa has developed partnerships with major international institutions, commissioning, producing, and touring work from the Performa program from the very beginning. The Performa Institute, a platform for the research and educational components of Performa, presents lectures, panel discussions, and workshops on an ongoing basis that explore critical issues surrounding performance and its history across disciplines, including visual art, dance, film, music, design, and architecture.

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Performa 13 is supported by grants from Toby Devan Lewis, The Lambent Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, The Potter Charitable Trust, Trust for Mutual Understanding and public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.  International support is provided by The Royal Norwegian Consulate, The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Pro Helvetia, The Polish Cultural Institute New York, The Office for Contemporary Art Norway, The French-American Fund for Contemporary Theater, a program of FACE, and FUSED: French U.S. Exchange in Dance, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional funding from the Florence Gould Foundation, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, The Asian Cultural Council, and The Dena Foundation. Generous support is also provided by the Performa Board of Directors, The Performa Producers Circle, Curators Circle, and the Visionaries.