Elmgreen & Dragset Retrospective
Opening Night Celebration to benefit Performa
Opening Night of the Performa Biennial is one of the most anticipated events on New York’s winter
cultural calendar. Performa will celebrate the start of our fourth international biennial with the premiere
performance of a new work by the artists Elmgreen & Dragset. This is the first large performance piece the
internationally acclaimed artists have presented in New York City. The performance will be followed by an
exceptional party featuring a retrospective of live performances by Elmgreen & Dragset.
7 pm Doors open
7:30 pm The World Premiere of Happy Days in the Art World by Elmgreen & Dragset
Starring Joseph Fiennes and Charles Edwards
Directed by Toby Frow
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South)
9 pm Retrospective, Six Live Works by Elmgreen & Dragset
Cocktails and Light Dinner
Skylight Soho, 275 Hudson Street (at Dominick Street)
$10,000 ticket package to Happy Days in the Art World and Retrospective with reserved
VIP seating for eight people
$5,000 ticket package to Happy Days in the Art World and Retrospective with reserved
VIP seating for four people
$1,000 ticket to Happy Days in the Art World and Retrospective with reserved VIP seating
$500 ticket to Happy Days in the Art World and Retrospective
$300 ticket for Retrospective at Skylight Soho starting at 9 pm
About Happy Days in the Art World
The artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, consisting of Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, will present a
theatrical performance titled Happy Days in the Art World that draws references from Samuel Beckett’s play
Happy Days (1961) and Sarah Thornton’s book Seven Days in the Art World (W. W. Norton & Company, 2008). The production will take place in the tradition of Beckett’s absurdist theater on a traditional proscenium stage with sets designed by the artists. Happy Days in the Art World will feature famous actors playing the artists, and will expand on the duo’s ironic take on contemporary art and the art world’s intrigue with celebrity.
For more information, contact Loren Mullins, 212 366 5700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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