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Local, national and international artists are taking risks and pushing boundaries everyday in their various forms of expression and performance. The USA has many venues from small centers to larger establishments dedicated to supporting and presenting groundbreaking performances. Here is a look at some of the best venues in the USA to experience contemporary performance art.
Started by artists in 1982, DiverseWorks is a non-profit art center located in Houston in the Midtown Cultural Arts District. The center focuses on the visual, literary and performing arts and provides a place where artists in various stages of their careers are free to test new ideas and take risks. Presenting a variety of stimulating performances each year, DiverseWorks strives to host experimental shows. It’s current project which can be seen in the current project Oliver Herring: Areas for Action by German artist Oliver Herring is also a social experiment because the show relies on the participation of volunteers.
DiverseWorks, 4102 Fannin St., Suite 200, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 223 8346
The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performance Arts Center, better known as EMPAC, is a space where the arts, sciences and technology come together and interact. Located in Troy, New York on the campus of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the venue strives to give visitors different sensory experiences than what might be familiar. A 220,000 square-foot center complete with four main spaces plus studios and labs, EMPAC hosts numerous, diverse performances each year from live filming to multidisciplinary shows. A future production, Extra Shapes, created by DD Dorvillier, will feature three different media—sound, light and dance—on three separate horizontal spaces taking place at the same time.
EMPAC, 8th St. & College Ave., Troy, NY, USA, +1 518 276 3921
Founded in 1971, The Kitchen is one of the oldest nonprofit spaces in New York City and one of the first spaces to fully embrace video and performance art. An internationally acclaimed art space, the center features both emerging and established artists who work in a variety of media including dance, art and more. Known for being a place where artists can experiment with their craft, The Kitchen hosts numerous exhibits and performances each year. Throughout the years, artists such as post-modern dancer and choreographer Lucinda Childs and choreographer and performer Elizabeth Streb have been showcased here.
The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th St., New York City, NY, USA, +1 212 255 5793
Founded in 1879 by Thomas Barlow Walker in Minneapolis, Walker Art Center is one of the most visited contemporary art museums in the United States. A multidisciplinary venue, the center focuses on contemporary visual, media and performing arts. Hosting artists from around the globe, the museum sometimes holds performances within its galleries, including the upcoming Sound Horizon, which explores the space between live sound and visual art. The center also features a European-style theater with a contemporary feel where spectators can watch various productions such as choreographer Tere O’Connor‘s dance show BLEED.
Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN, USA, +1 612 375 7600