For twelve days—from November 4 to 15, 2015—Paris foundation Lafayette Anticipation is united with Performa 15, the sixth visual art performance biennial, and sets up headquarters in New York at the Performa Hub and other venues across the city. It was clear from the beginning that the foundation, created in 2013 by Guillaume Houzé, would look abroad to shape its program, and Performa emerged as a natural peer and partner. Both organizations are driven by the same profound commitment to artists—mentoring and supporting them at every step in their process to deliver visionary, cutting-edge works. Indeed, commissioning and producing are key words connecting our two organizations. We both believe in giving artists full confidence—“100% risk, 100% trust” is Performa’s unofficial mantra—and it is hand in hand with the artist that we premiere each new work. 

A strong artistic bridge also connected us. We shared working relationships and friendships with terrific artists such as Ulla von Brandenburg, Simon Fujiwara, and Alexandre Singh, and we realized that, even without planning it, we had already collaborated on British artist Cally Spooner’s irresistible “conceptual” musical And You Were Wonderful, on Stage.

Presented during Performa 13 at the National Academy Museum, Spooner’s work matured into a full film production shortly afterwards, thanks to the invaluable residency that Lafayette Anticipation provided for the artist in Paris that same year. Having already co-produced one work, we were eager for more. Through our ongoing conversations, we agreed that we are looking in the same direction—challenging our understanding of what a flexible cultural institution, exhibition space, and educational hub of the future can be.

Over time we built our exciting program for Performa 15, creating a transatlantic bond with an important group of artists including Ulla von Brandenburg, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Volmir Cordeiro, Simon Fujiwara, Christodoulos Panayiotou, and Erika Vogt—six singular voices that come together under the joint Performa and Lafayette Anticipation banner. This pioneering partnership is designed to extend through 2016 to the next Performa biennial in 2017, adding innovative and exciting new material to our programs in New York and Paris, with Charles Aubin, associate curator for both of our organizations.

By François Quintin — Lafayette Anticipation Director
and RoseLee Goldberg — Performa Founding Director and Curator



PERFORMA 15, New York, November 1- November 22, 2015

For the fifth edition of the Performa biennal, Lafayette Anticipation produces and supports 6 projects:

Pauline Curnier Jardin
The Resurrection Project
November 4, 5 & 6, 8pm
Pioneer Works, Red Hook, Brooklyn

Ulla von Brandenburg
Baisse-toi Montagne, Lève-toi Vallon
Opening: November 5, 6pm - 8pm
Installation open to the public from November 6 to 15 (12pm-6pm)
Performa Hub, 47 Walker Street, New York

Volmir Cordeiro
November 6 & 7, 9pm
Danspace Project at St Mark's Church

Simon Fujiwara
New Pompidou
November 7, 3.30pm
Performa Hub, 47 Walker Street, New York

Christodoulos Panayiotou
Dying on Stage
November 7, 4.30pm
Performa Hub, 47 Walker Street, New York

Erika Vogt
Artist Theater Program
November 12 & 13, 9pm
Roulette, Brooklyn

Lafayette Anticipation, Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette is joining forces with Performa for a series of performances and screenings to be held in the context of the New York biennale from November 4th to 15th 2015.

Artists: Ulla von Brandenburg (Germany/France), Volmir Cordeiro (Brazil/France), Pauline Curnier Jardin, (France/The Netherlands), Simon Fujiwara (United Kingdom), Christodoulos Panayiotou (Cyprus), and Erika Vogt (USA).