Associate Professor, Performance Studies
Office: 721 Broadway 6FL
Ph.D., 2001; M.A. 1995; Performance Studies, New York University
B.A., 1990; Cultural Anthropology, New University of Lisbon (Portugal)
André Lepecki (Brazil, 1965) is Associate Professor at the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. He is also a curator, writer and dramaturg. Doctoral degree from NYU (2000). Graduated in Cultural Anthropology at the New University of Lisbon, where he was also a Post-Graduate Junior Research Fellow at the Center for Sociological Studies (1990-3). Author of Exhausting Dance: performance and politics of movement
(Routledge 2006), currently translated into 6 languages. He edited the anthologies Of the Presence of the Body
(Wesleyan 2004), The Senses in Performance
(with Sally Banes, Routledge 2007), and Planes of Composition: Dance Theory and the Global
(with Jenn Joy, Seagull Press 2010). His writing has also appeared in Performance Research
, The Drama Review
, Art Forum, Nouvelles de Danse
, among other publications in Europe, Brazil, and the Middle East. He belongs to the editorial board of Performance Research
, e-mispherica, inflexions,
among other academic journals.
He was the curator of the festival Nomadic New York for Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2007). He was the curator of the 2008 and 2009 editions of the performing arts festival IN TRANSIT also at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. His co-curatorial and directorial work on the re-doing of Allan Kaprow's 18 Happenings in 6 Parts (commissioned by Haus der Künst, Munich) received the International Art Critics Association Award for "Best Performance" (2008). In 2010 he co-curated with Stephanie Rosenthal the Archive on Dance and Visual Arts since the 1960s for the exhibition Move: choreographing you, for the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Center, London. Also in 2010 he co-curated with Eleonora Fabião the event Activations, Passages, Processes for ArtCena Festival, Rio de Janeiro.
In 2009 he was a Resident Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies on the Interweaving of Performance Cultures, Freie Universität, Berlin. Grants and Fellowships include the Gulbenkian Foundation and the Luso-American Foundation Doctoral Fellowships, the Rockefeller Foundation Group Fellowship at the Bellagio Research Center, among others. He has given numerous talks in Europe, the US, Brazil, Australia, including at Brown University; the Gauss Seminars at Princeton University; Centre National de la Danse, Paris; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Haus der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin; MoMA; Centro Itaú Cultural, São Paulo; the University of Ghent; Roehampton University; Tate Modern; Freie Universität, Berlin, among many other academic and cultural venues. Currently Lepecki is working on a book on dance and sculpture.