Started in 1990, the Performance Journal is a printed forum created by and for artists, fostering the evolution of written and graphic languages that contemplate current issues of dance and performance.  Published twice annually, the Performance Journal provides a unique forum for critical rigor and a multi-disciplinary readership. Writings are specifically linked to events, artists, trends, and ideas associated with the current and upcoming performance season in New York, as well as nationally and internationally. The Performance Journal has focused on artists' of-the-moment concerns, with past topics including gender, environments, identity, technology, activism, dance writing and, most recently, an exploration of how contemporary dance negotiates with the larger culture, via a magazine format.

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Published one – two times annually in print, the PJ is distributed free in NYC at many local organizations and institutions related to dance and performance art. For delivery to your home or organization both outside and inside of NYC, become a subscriber today.

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Subscriptions and back issues are available for for individuals and institutions. In an effort to instigate discourse and connect our broader community, we also offer bulk subscriptions and bulk orders on select back issues for our fellow not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions around the world to distribute the journal to their audiences, constituents, and artists.

The following issues are available for bulk order: 3, 4, 5, 14 (reprint), 15, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26, 32, 33, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48
For these issues, 25 copies cost $25, 50 copies cost $35, and 100 copies cost $60.
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A FULL In-Print SET includes issues #s 1, 3-5, 9, 13-20, 22-24, 26-28, 30-35, 37-49. The set costs $60 for Individuals and $200 for Institutions. Shipping & Handling in the US and Canada costs $15, while Shipping & Handling internationally costs $50.

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PDF Excerpts Available for Download:

From MRPJ #45: On Performing Donelle Woolford
From MRPJ #44: Past Present Future

Issue #49

Features Cover Artist Trajal Harrell and includes an article that explores the historicization of loss in relationship to AIDS, a series of responses to European festivals, interviews with choreographer Latifa Laâbissi and Chicago's Director of Performing Arts Shoshona Currier, Project Pages by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko and Jillian Peña, and a text on curating the personal as political by Lenio Kaklea.

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