A premiere, a highly anticipated event, represents the first meeting with the public – the audience as viewer and critic.

Essentially, this moment is what validates the existence of any creation as a ‘work of art’. Maria’s PREMIERE takes its time and explores the first public encounter, underscoring movement in a space shared with others, while highlighting the figurative role of the performer as body and object.

PREMIERE brings together performers Biba Bell, Hristoula Harakas, Robert Steijn, Andros Zins-Browne and Maria Hassabi; sound design by Alex Waterman, styling by threeASFOUR, lighting by Zack Tinkleman and Maria Hassabi, dramaturgy by Scott Lyall.

Presented in partnership with Lakeside Arts Centre as part of neat14.

PREMIERE is a co-production of The Kitchen (NY) and Performa as part of Performa 13, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, Belgium), Kaaitheater (Brussels, Belgium), steirischer herbst (Graz, Austria),Dance4 ( Nottingham, UK) and is produced with the support of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Program.

The work has received additional funding from the MAP Fund, the Jerome Foundation, LMCC Manhattan Community Arts Fund and Mertz Gilmore Foundation’s Late-Stage Production Stipends. PREMIERE was developed through residencies at Kaaitheater (Brussels, Belgium), Pa-f (St Erme, France) and Mount Tremper Arts (New York).


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