despair solo program

A performance-lecture by Marissa Perel
Production team: Emma Rivera and Teri-Ann Carryl


Friday-Saturday, April 29-30, 2016 @ 8:00pm | Limited seating


Sources: I Want/ I Vomit by Perel published in Culturebot June 2015

Excerpted Petra Kuppers quote from Crippled Poetics

Books: Volition by Gregg Bordowitz, “Response #13” by Corrine Fitzpatrick in Uncounted: Call and Response by Emily Roysdon, and Bluets by Maggie Nelson

Music: Long Distance Winner by S. Nicks & L. Buckingham

Special Thanks: Corrina Lesser, Petra Kuppers, Gregg Bordowitz, Emily Roysdon, Elizabeth Ward, Jeremy Wade, Miguel Gutierrez, Oli Rodriguez, Barbara DeGenevieve (RIP), Eva Yaa Asantewaa, iele paloumpis, Kyli Kleven, Sara Jane Stoner, Alison Rhoades, Elizabeth McSurdy, Margit Galanter, Emma Ayers, Denise Leto, Violet Juno, Jay Laubscher, Phillip Stands, Elliott Jenetopulos, and every gorgeous AIR and staff member at BAX, especially the matriarch, Marya Warshaw.

Additional Credits: despair solo is a work-in-progress that has been supported by the BAX Artist-In-Residence program, and originated in a performance in November 2015 by Marissa Perel and Gregg Bordowitz, Bodies at the Center, which was commissioned by the Chicago Humanities Festival in partnership with the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It was further developed for Konstfack, the College for Art and Design, Stockholm, Sweden, where Perel was a guest artist in January 2016.


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Artist Bio

Marissa Perel is an artist and writer based in New York. Her interdisciplinary work includes performance, installation, criticism and curatorial projects.  She often uses collaboration as a platform for the exchange of disciplines, working methods and discourses with choreographers, composers and visual artists.  She is interested in drawing from the polemics of identity and representation to create compositional models for performance and installation. She orchestrates an immersive world where text, objects, dance and video transmit experiences of personal and societal conflicts. Her materials are cathected objects, cues that connect an immediate physical and psychic state to past events. Her work has been shown at numerous galleries, theaters and performance spaces in the U.S. and abroad.

Perel asks, “How do we move across space and time with respect to our collected histories?” Her essays, reviews, experimental prose and interviews engage this question at the convergence of the fields of contemporary art and performance. She originated the column, “Gimme Shelter: Performance Now” for Art21 Magazine and edited Critical Correspondence, the on-line dance and performance journal of Movement Research. She also pursues this question in her curatorial work, seeking to bring visibility to a multitude of forms and discourses. She has curated performances, panels and talks at such venues as the New Museum, New York Live Arts and at the Aux Performance Space at Vox Populi where she served as Curatorial Fellow. Perel is currently an AIR at the SHIFT program at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts as well as at Brooklyn Arts Exchange.

Send thoughts or reflections on the work to Marissa at, and visit for more information on her work.


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