The Boy Who Cried Wolf
For his Performa Commission, Simon Fujiwara will present an original theatrical performance, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, that explores themes including homosexuality, family dynamics, and the secret sexual powers of Abstract Expressionist painting. Weaving new performance work created specially for New York with excerpts from a number of his previous acclaimed autobiographical performances and installations, The Boy Who Cried Wolf will ultimately be an epic narrative in three acts. Fujiwara’s absurd and labyrinthine narrative will be brought to the stage with the aid of actors, musicians, and a mobile set.
Other versions of The Boy Who Cried Wolf will also be presented at Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) Berlin, the Baltimore Contemporary Art Museum, and SFMOMA.
Performa 11, the fourth edition of the internationally acclaimed biennial of new visual art performance presented by Performa, will be held in New York City from November 1–21, 2011. The three-week biennial will showcase new work by more than 100 of the most exciting artists working today, in an innovative program breaking down the boundaries between visual art, music, dance, poetry, fashion, architecture, graphic design, and the culinary arts. Presented in collaboration with a consortium of more than 50 arts institutions and over 50 curators, as well as a network of public spaces and private venues across the city, Performa 11 will ignite New York City with energy and ideas, acting as a vital “think tank” linking minds across the five boroughs and bringing audiences together for brilliant new performances in all disciplines.
Founded by RoseLee Goldberg in 2004, Performa is the leading organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth-century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century. Performa launched New York’s first performance biennial, Performa 05, in 2005, followed by Performa 07 (2007), and Performa 09 (2009).
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