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What Contemporary Performance Network has made fo me? For us.

Following a suggestion from a friend, also a performance artist, Fernando Ribeiro, I reached CPN almost 2 years ago now. It was amazing to discover how remarkably well the work has been done to create a real performance social network. I presently use my blog in CPN as my main international information field. I’ve been so welcomed in it, that they even turned me into Regional Editor, a very honoured function, a task which I regret to do not perform as well as I would like or even am I supposed to do.

But most of all, the Network helped other artists of my country – a vast land with various kinds of natural performativity as well as hundreds of young and old performance artists – to discover itself in terms of a true performance scene. This is something unvaluable and I can say that CPN had an important role in it.

Now that brazilians and Brazilian Art – specially performance art – turned to attract more and more international interest, we may say that this is one of the side effects of an effort like Contemporary Performance Network.

All the best

Lucio Agra


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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, 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.

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