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
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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 #50

Transcripts of two speeches from Congressman John Lewis — one from 1963 and the other 2017 — wrap around Issue 50 of the Movement Research Performance Journal as front and back cover, simultaneously documenting a legacy of activism, and hopefully resounding in present collective consciousness as a reminder of the work to which we must hold ourselves accountable. There is no one-to-one correlation between these transcripts and the content in this issue, but there are links and an extension of scale beyond artistic and institutional practice into broader discussions of democracy and civic responsibility. "Work" is a line of inquiry that can be traced throughout the issue: the work an artist develops; the work that an institution does; the roles we all create and justify in local and global communities; "work" in the context of activism. Work is a collective process, especially in the multi-vocal nature of any society, social group, and certainly in performance practices. Click here to read the full Press Release.


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