Performance Art Festival NYC
May 17th - 25th, 2018
ITINERANT, the annual Performance Art Festival NYC, launches its 2018 program with the photographic exhibition “Entanglements” at EOArts on Thursday, May 17th, and performances at Last Frontier NYC on Friday, May 18th. The festival will run until Friday, May 25th featuring local, national and international artists at Queens Museum (May 19th), Staten Island Arts (May 20th), Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, BAAD (May 22nd), Smack Mellon (May 23rd),and BMCC Tribeca (May 24th). In addition, the festival will hold the Symposium “Bodies that Matter” at La Guardia Community College (May 21st), and public interventions at Flushing Meadows Park (May 19th). The closing event is scheduled for Friday, May 25th at Knockdown Center.
May 9th, 2018 (New York, NY) - ITINERANT, the annual Performance Art Festival NYC, invites the general public to a week of Live Action Art taking place at different venues throughout the five boroughs in New York City from Thursday, May 17th to Friday, May 25th. This year's program, organized and curated independently by interdisciplinary artist, Hector Canonge, focuses on works that explore, treat, and propose new alternatives to binary constructions regarding gender, nationality, identity, religion and/or ideological structures. Departing from the current socio-politico-economic transformations around the globe, and the questioning of habitual norms about race, gender, sexuality, and origin, ITINERANT 2018 will feature performance art works by local, national and international artists from Europe, Latin America, Asia, and North America.
Thursday, May 17th, 8-10 PM * Opening Night: EXHIBITION: “Entanglements” * EOArts 1080 Wyckoff Avenue, Ridgewood, NY “Entanglements” by Mara Catalán is a series of photographic mural compositions to commemorate the collective collaboration that exist among artists, performers, and the viewer as a visual dialogue. Giving agency to these collaborators in the form of an entangled relationship where the message lays inside the body questioning who is performing and when, Catalán delicately juxtaposes the numerous relationships between performers she has encountered into a compilation of bodies in motion. The large-scale mural invites the viewer to join through a physical dimension further constructing a landscape that breaks the boundaries and forming a complexity where viewer, performers, and artist participate to create a common language. For the past three years, Catalán has worked closely with performers developing relationship that challenges the traditional role of a photographer to only document or observe. Her artistic practice leads her to form intimate bonds with her subjects traversing from observer to equally observed, using her photography as a performative device reflective of her inner sub-conscious.
Friday, May 18th, 8-11 pm * Opening Night: PERFORMANCES * LAST FRONTIER NYC 520 Kingsland Avenue, Greenpoint, NY Participating Artists: Lisa Beerle (United States), Benedikte Esperi (Sweden), Katya Grokhovsky (Ukraine / Australia), Claire Zakiewicz and Siw Laurent (United Kingdom and Norway), Thomas Albrecht (United States), Christina Silvius (United States), Sungjae Lee (South Korea), and Arantxa Araujo with Gordon Berry (Mexico and United States).
Saturday, May 19th, 2-5 pm QUEENS MUSEUM NYC Building , Flushing Meadows, Corona, NY Participating Artists: anarkoartlab (World), Christoph Walter Pirker (Austria), Maxwell Abeles (United States), Amy Finkbeiner (United States), Heather Sincavage (United States), Nathaniel Wethington Hendrickson (United States), and Renee Regan (United States).
Saturday, May 19th, 5-7 pm Public Interventions FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK Queens, New York City Participating Artists: Heather Sincavage (United States), Renee Regan (United States), Kk de La Vida (Philippines) , and Maxell Abeles (United States).
Sunday, May 20th, 7-10 pm STATEN ISLAND ARTS 23 Navy Pier Court, Staten Island, NY Participating Artists: Katie Macyshyn (United States), Nathaniel Sullivan (Canada), Nicole Goodwin (United States), Rebecca Fitton (United Kingdom), Jorge Ismael Rodríguez (Mexico), and Lauren E. Schrader (United States).
Monday, May 21st, 7-9:30 pm * Symposium “Bodies that Matter” * LA GUARDIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE E Building, Room E-500 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, NY Participating artists and attending audience engage in open dialogue about Live Art.
Tuesday, May 22nd, 7-10 pm BRONX ACADEMY OF ARTS AND DANCE, BAAD 2474 Westchester Ave, Bronx, NY Participating Artists: Sophie Amieva (France), Courtney Brown (United States), Heeran Lee (South Korea), Joseph Liatela (United States), Patrick Bella Gone (United States), and Bronwyn Sims (United States).
Wednesday, May 23rd, 7-10 pm SMACK MELLON 92 Plymouth St, Brooklyn, NY Participating Artists: Jana Astanov (Poland) with Niko van Egten (United States), Neil Daigle Orians (United States), Christian Cruz (Mexico), Verónica Peña (Spain), and Giulia Mattera (Italy). Video Performances: Marsten L. Tarigan (Indonesia), Jeffrey Byrd (United States), Michele Manzini (Italy), Liss LaFleur (United States), Endika Basaguren (Spain), Saut Prayuda (Indonesia), and B Ajay Sharma (India).
Thursday, May 24th, 7-10 pm BMCC THEATRE PROGRAM, Black Box, Room S144 77 Harrison Street, Tribeca, NYC Participating Artists: Irene Chan (United States), Pei-Ling Ho (Taiwan), Sierra Ortega (United States), Qinza Najm (Pakistan), and Kevin Quiles Bonilla (Puerto Rico).
Friday, May 25th, 7-10 pm * Closing Night * KNOCKDOWN CENTER 52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, NY Participating Artists: Concha Vidal (Spain), Carl Lawrence (United States), Angeli (United States), and Steven Pestana with Sophia Sobers (Colombia / United States).
ITINERANT was created in 2010 by interdisciplinary artist Hector Canonge. The initiative was a small platform for Contemporary Performance Art, and had its origins in the monthly series A-Lab Forum that Canonge organized at Crossing Art Gallery in Flushing, Queens. Following the growing interest in Live Art, and the need to present performance programs in the borough, ITINERANT was launched in 2011 under the auspices of QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development. In 2012, ITINERANT was recognized by the City of New York as the first Performance Art festival taking place throughout the five boroughs that make the metropolitan area: Queens, Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island. In 2013, following the large scale venture in NYC, Canonge journeyed through Latin America creating the Spanish edition of the festival, Encuentro ITINERANTe which was presented in various cities in the Southern Hemisphere. In 2015, Canonge returned to the US, and brought back ITINERANT to New York City. Since then the festival has introduced the work of emerging and established local, national and international artists featuring their work at local museums, art galleries, performance art spaces, cultural centers, and well known public parks and historical sites.