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Faculty Lecture Series

The Center for World Performance Studies Faculty Lecture Series features our Faculty Fellows and visiting scholars and practitioners in the fields of ethnography and performance. Designed to create an informal and intimate setting for intellectual exchange among students, scholars, and the community, faculty are invited to present their work in an interactive and performative fashion.

Fall 2017 Faculty Lectures

Eryn Rosenthal
Dance and Dialogue: Human Contact and Democracy

Tuesday, 9/26 at 6pm
East Quad Room 1405
Space Limited, Registration Required

How can the body be a laboratory for examining dialogue, choice-making, roles and habits? In this interactive workshop, choreographer and King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professor Eryn Rosenthal will share some of her research on the connections between a dance form called Contact Improvisation and the political writings of Steve Biko, Ada Colau, Paolo Freire, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Judith Butler, and others. What can the body bring to larger discussions of dialogue-building, diversity, inclusion, and empowerment?

Anita Gonzalez
International Theatre for Social Change: Community Liaisons

Tuesday, 10/24 at 6pm
East Quad Room 1405

The presentation discusses three projects for social change based in Liverpool UK, Johannesburg South Africa, and with Chippewa communities of the Upper Peninsula and Canada.  Two of the projects focus on activism against gender-based violence and one explores Black identities in international context. Gonzalez discussed how social activist interventions can manifest as performance-based projects, academic writings, or public scholarship. Community-based activism requires ongoing engagement with partner organizations working for common goals.


Amy Chavasse

Tuesday, 11/14 at 6pm
East Quad Room 1405

Professor Chavasse presents research from her travels to the Malta Festival in Poznan, Poland, and to Berlin, Germany where she created a new dance work for Tanz Tangente. In Poznan, the panoply of dance, music and theater events focused on the festival theme-- The Balkans Platform, (Platforma Blakany), with the title of "We The People", analogous to our "not my president" protests. Chavasse will discuss the highly politicized works she witnessed as an audience member, posing questions about gender politics and social inequality and autocracy. She will also discuss the creation of a new dance created with Tanz Tangente in Berlin, called "Little Monsters,” in which movement exploration centered around pulsing, agitation, manipulation and absence.