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Welcome to Contemporary Performance, a social network and community organizing platform providing artists, presenters, scholars and festivals a platform to meet, share work, and collaborate. The term Contemporary Performance is used to describe hybrid performance works and artists that travel between the fields of Experimental Theatre & Dance, Video Art, Visual Art, Music Composition and Performance Art without adhering to one specific field’s practice.

Editor In Chief: Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble bigartgroup.com and network, blog, and publisher, contemporaryperformance.com. He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

Editor: Jemma Nelson is co-founding member of Big Art Group and co-editor of Contemporary Performance. He grew up in the heart of the Silicon Valley of California, studying art history and computer music at CCRMA; and contributed to one of the first immersive CD-ROMs, The Residents’ Freak Show. He has written and composed sound for Rampart, SOS, The People, Cinema Fury series, Dead Set#2 and #3, House of No More, Empty Island, Flicker, and Shelf Life, and has published several articles about contemporary performance. He makes collaborative political pop music in New York, and his visual work has been exhibited in Performa festival and galleries in Europe and the US. Jemma Nelson received a 2009 Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

In this site you will find:

  • News – blog posts on performances, creations, artists, touring, and  theory
  • Members – join a growing global network of artists, curators, venues, and scholars
  • Vote – vote for the next member to be featured on the network
  • Resources –
  • Artists – links to artists and companies creating contemporary performance
  • Festivals – links to festivals of contemporary performance
  • Venues – links to venues that present contemporary performance
  • Writings – links to artist’s and critical thinker’s blogs
  • Books – a curated list of books about contemporary performance

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