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November 3 - 5


Performa 17 presents

Kemang Wa Lehulere

I cut my skin to liberate the splinter

Fri, Nov. 3, 8:30pm — 9:30pm
Sat, Nov. 4, 8:30pm — 9:30pm
Sun, Nov. 5, 8:30pm — 9:30pm

Tickets: $25, $15

Cape Town artist Kemang Wa Lehulere creates a new set of machines—sculptural instruments—for his collaborators to play, working with theater director Chuma Sopotela to conduct actions and movements borrowed from children’s games.  The artist also composes an accompanying sound work that was galvanized by Cosmic Africa, the 2003 documentary about Thebe Medupe, an astrophysicist who traveled throughout the continent and shared knowledge about the universe, ancient artwork in Namibia and Egypt, and myths with villagers along the way. The artist’s Commission bridges these planes of knowledge with constellations drawn from indigenous astrology, tribal wisdom, and religious rites.

Image credit: Kemang Wa Lehulere, Red Winter in Gugulethu 2016. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg

Curated by RoseLee Goldberg

November 17 - 19

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Performa 17 presents

Yto Barrada

Tree Identification for Beginners

Fri, Nov. 17, 7:00pm — 8:00pm
Sat, Nov. 18, 7:00pm — 8:00pm
Sun, Nov. 19, 7:00pm — 8:00pm

Tickets: $25, $15

In the turbulent summer of 1966, the artist’s mother, a 20-year old Moroccan student-socialist, was one of some fifty “Young African Leaders” invited on a State Department-sponsored propaganda tour of the USA. In this film, Barrada interweaves events of political history with her own family stories and myths. These "sediments of history" come together here through archives and reports, journals, and textiles. As in Barrada’s photography, films, sculptures, prints, textiles, and installations, this performance references ethnography, natural history, and archeology; catalogs personal objects and ephemera; and explores child-centered educational methods. This journey revisits the revolutionary potential of the Pan-African, Tricontinental, Black Power, and anti-Vietnam war movements.

Image credit: Yto Barrada, Material for Tree Identification for Beginners, 2017

Curated by Adrienne Edwards

Director of Photography: Steve Cossman
Animator: Steve Cossman
Editor: Kate Abernathy

Rent the Theater

Theater, Film, Events

One of NYC’s best off-off-Broadway theaters!
— Time Out New York

The Connelly Theater is unique in New York City: an intimate house with a classic proscenium arch and a raised stage.

The Connelly is available for rental for theater productions, film and photo shoots, and events. Lighting and sound package included.