PERFORMANCE THEORY, METHODS AND POLITICS: A MICROSEMINAR WITH DIANA TAYLOR
Prof. Diana Taylor and Cynthia Steele
Working at the intersection of scholarship, artistic expression and politics, performance explores embodied practice as a vehicle for the creation of new meaning and the transmission of cultural values, memory and identity. How would our disciplines and methodologies change if we took seriously the idea that bodies (and not only books and documents) "produce, store, and transfer knowledge"? This two-part workshop will explore methodologies of studying performance and the intersection between performance and politics. The readings are available in pdf form at the following Catalyst site, which is accessible to anyone with a UW address: https://catalyst.uw.edu/workspace/cynthias/28446/
Meeting One: Cynthia Steele Tuesday, May 8, 3:30-5:30 pm, Communications 202
1. Taylor, Diana. â€śChapter One: Acts of Transfer.â€? The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas. Durham: Duke UP, 2001. Pp. 1-15. 2. Taylor, Diana. â€śChapter Nine: Lost in the Field of Vision: Witnessing September 11.â€? The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas. Durham: Duke UP, 2001. Pp. 237-65. 3. Taylor, Diana. â€śYou Are Here: The DNA of Performance.â€? The Drama Review 46.1 (Spring 2002): 149-169.
Meeting Two: Diana Taylor Monday, May 14, 3:30-5:30 pm, Communications 202
1. Brecht, Bertold. â€śA Short Organum for the Theater.â€? In Brecht on Theater: The Development of an Aesthetic. Ed. And Trans. John Willett. NY: Hill and Wang, 1964. pp. 179-205. 2. Schechner, Richard.. Chapter Two: â€śRestoration of Behavior.â€? Between Theater and Anthropology. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 1985. Np. 3. Roach, Joseph. Preface and Chapters One and Two: â€śIntroduction: History, Memory and Performanceâ€? and â€śEchoes in the Bone.â€? Cities of the Dead. Circum-Atlantic Performance. NY: Columbia UP, 1996. Pp. xi-xiii and 1-71. 4. Thiongo, Ng#g# wa. â€śEnactments of Power: The Politics of Performance Space.â€? The Drama Review 41.3 (Autumn 1997). Pp. 11-30.
Meeting Three: Diana Taylor Lecture Tuesday, May 15, 7:00 pm, Kane 220
Diana Taylor Katz Lecture: Taking to the Streets: Arts and Activism in the Americasâ€?
Meeting Four: Diana Taylor Wednesday, May 16, 3:30-5:30 pm, Communications 202
1. Deleuze, Gilles. â€śPostscript on Control Societies.â€? Negotiations 1972-1990. NY: Columbia UP, 1995. Pp. 317-321. 2. CĂˇrdenas, Micha, Amy Sara Carroll, and Brett Staulbaum. â€śThe Transborder Immigrant Tool: Violence, Solidarity, and Hope in Post_NAFTA Circuits of Bodyelect(on)/ic.â€? Mobile HCI 09 (Sept 15-18 2009). Np. 3. Carroll, Amy Sara and Ricardo DomĂnguez , dir./ Electronic Disturbance Theater. Sustenance: A Play for All Trans [ ] Borders. Nd. 4. Fusco, Coco. â€śOn-Line Simulations: Real-Life Politics.. A Discussion with Ricardo DomĂnguez on Staging Virtual Theater.â€? The Drama Review 47.2 (Summer 2003): 151-62. 5. â€śThe Recombinant Theater and the Performance Matrix.â€? Pp. 56-81.
Meeting Five: Cynthia Steele Tuesday, May 22, 3:30-5:30 pm Communications 202 Wrap-up of discussions and readings.
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