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Founded in 2014, Performa/Dance is a project-based company created by award winning choreographer Jennifer Hart in collaboration with Edward Carr, a company dancer with Ballet Austin. Our mission is to nurture and support new and creative voices in contemporary dance.

Based in Austin, Texas, Performa/Dance enriches the local arts community by engaging audiences and exposing them to the connective, transformative, and transcendent power of dance. We create dialogues with artists across geographies and media, inviting them to take risks and cultivate their art, with the aim of fostering cross-cultural understanding and deepening artistic excellence. Performa/Dance serves art, artists, and community, giving a voice to underrepresented artists, including women and minorities.

Performa/Dance is the winner of two 2014-2015 Austin Critics' Table Awards: best dance concert for IGNITE: Three Works, and best short work for On Truth and Love, and recently received multiple nominations for the 2016-2017 Austin Critics Table Awards: best dance concert for 4X3: Four Works by Three Choreographers, and, for Camille: A Story of Art and Love, choreographer (Jennifer Hart), dancer (Oren Porterfield), and best short work (for which we received our third Austin Critics' Table Award.)

Performa/Dance is a sponsored project of the Austin Creative Alliance

Performa/Dance is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department


photography by Anne Marie Bloodgood