CPR is a contemporary performance laboratory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn dedicated to providing artists with the time and space to create, develop, and present new work in contemporary dance and performance.

CPR focuses on supporting innovative processes, and works that integrate visual design, installation, and technology, while maintaining a strong focus on environmental responsibility and sustainability.

Spring Movement 2019. ‘Phantom Duet’ by Rourou Ye [pictured].  © Kathryn Butler.

CPR Presents

CPR Presents hosts evening length programs of work by prominent and emerging national and international artists who are redefining performance as a contemporary art form and providing opportunities for artists within CPR’s community to present their work in various stages of production. CPR Presents initiatives include Performance Studio Open House, New Voices in Live Performance, Sunday Salons, Performance Philosophy Reading Group, and Fall and Spring Movement.

CPR -Center for Performance research is a participating organization with IDNYC. Upon presenting a valid IDNYC card at the door, any eligible cardholder receives a 15% discount to any CPR Presents program (max 2 per order).
CPR Presents programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. This program is also funded by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Fall Movement 2018. ‘a little more magic .01‘ by Janeill Cooper [pictured]. © Kathryn Butler.


CPR’s residency programs support the development and creation of new dance and performance work. Our Artist-in-Residence program provides a group of up to 10 artists each year with 150 hours of deeply subsidized rehearsal hours at advanced booking. Our Technical Residency provides one to two selected artists with one week of access to CPR’s highly flexible performance space and the support of our Technical Director. Artists are invited to apply to both the Artists-in-Residence and Technical Residency programs.

Studio Rentals

CPR’s rehearsal rental program provides deeply subsidized rehearsal space to artists. Additionally, CPR runs a subsidized performance rental program that offers independent producers a highly flexible and well-equipped performance facility at affordable rates.

For more information on how to book rehearsal space, please go here. For more information on our performance rental program, email


CPR hosts performances, classes, workshops, and open rehearsals in each studio space. Learn about upcoming events at CPR here.


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