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Portnoy (Born 1936) Improvises – with an introduction by Claire Bishop

The Swiss Church, 79 Endell St, London WC2H 9DY

Michael Portnoy

UK premiere, supported by Arts Council England. With thanks to Pramma.

Renowned performance artist Michael Portnoy has also revealed the shocking news that he is 35 years older than he has claimed and has been disguising his true age with prosthetic makeup throughout his career. At the festival, in Portnoy (Born 1936) Improvises, he reveals himself for the first time without a mask, improvising and confusing us in his inimitable way with the collision of movement, language and alien logics. Art historian Claire Bishop
will give an introductory lecture on Portnoy’s newly discovered early history in New York in the late 1950s, discussing his influences and antagonisms within the avant-garde communities of dance, poetry and visual art.


Photos by   Manuela Barczewski