Sixth Annual Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival 2017  |  RETROSPECT
JUNE 01-04 | 2017 | Click for Advance Tickets

Embracing the theme: Retrospect, this edition of Rapid Pulse looks back at our first five years by inviting alumni artists to present new works:

2012 | Industry of the Ordinary | Michael Thomas/Lucky Pierre
2013 | Fereshteh Toosi | Carlos Salazar Lermont
2014 | Alison Crocetta + Peter Reese | Diaz Lewis | Mikey McParlane + Erica Gressman
2015 | Ayana Evans
2016 | Eli K Gold

Rapid Pulse 2017 launches with a Vernissage on Thursday, June 1 at 7pm. In addition to live performances, each day  of Rapid Pulse includes a Video Program and STǓ, a curated late-night post-performance soup kitchen. Co-curators Giana Gambino and Joseph Ravens have kept the festival intimate in order to focus on the digital and physical archives from the first five editions of the festival. Rapid Pulse 2017 will debut prototypes for five catalogs, one for each edition, 2012-16. This retrospective concludes a series and marks the end of the festival in its current format. Following a hiatus, Rapid Pulse will return in new form to champion performance art.

Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival is curated by festival director, Joseph Ravens, and assistant director, Giana Gambino, along with support from Julie Laffin and Steven Bridges (Co-curators 2012-15). Rapid Pulse is produced by Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery a.k.a. DFBRL8R Ltd., a 501c3 organization dedicated to the creation and presentation of performance art. Fostering local talent while invigorating Chicago with artists of exceptional calibre from around the world, Defibrillator champions work that looks to the body in concert and conversation with time, object, space, architecture, and society.

Advance ticket sales help a lot and there is NO FEE! Consider contributing in advance by getting tickets through THIS LINK.  Support Rapid Pulse by purchasing RAFFLE TICKETS through June 4. And, of course, good ol’ fashioned donations to our 501c3 organization are always welcome! Donate to DfbrL8r with PayPal.

2012 Rapid Pulse INDUSTRY of the ORDINARY photo by Zach Michael and Melody Snyder
2012 Rapid Pulse MICHAEL THOMAS/LUCKY PIERRE photo by Rossi Dimitrova
2013 Rapid Pulse CARLOS SALAZAR LERMONT photo by Keijaun Thomas
2013 Rapid Pulse FERESHTEH TOOSI photo by Giana Gambino
2014 Rapid Pulse DIAZ LEWIS photo by Kevin Sparrow
2014 Rapid Pulse MIKEY MCPARLANE photo by Arjuna Capulong
2014 Rapid Pulse ALISON CROCETTA+PETER REESE photo by Emerson Sigman
2015 Rapid Pulse AYANA EVANS photo by Sam Chao
2016 Rapid Pulse ELI K GOLD photo by Holly Arsenault