The Year of the White Bear and Two Undiscovered Amerindians visit the West

Performance Studies Notes #1: Overview + Coco Fusco

Performance studies marked itself between theater and anthropology. Produced interesting theoretical and practical work. Theater has been a lens to look at other phenomena. (political interactions) Choreography of social interactions—soundscape or musical composition of everyday life. Not just theater as lens. Social choreography in Northern Ireland—political parades, funerals, in connection with Irish dance. Bodies moved …

Unmarked The Politics of Performance

Performance Studies Notes #3: Peggy Phelan

Phelan, Peggy. 1993. “The ontology of performance: representation without reproduction” in Unmarked: The Politics of Performance, Routledge: London and New York. “Performance’s only life is in the present. Performance cannot be saved, recorded, documented, or otherwise participate in the circulation of representations ofrepresentations: once it does so, it becomes something other than performance” [146] Phelan’s first …

Carmelita Tropicana

Performance Studies Notes #5: Carmelita Tropicana

Carmalita Tropicana–what is she doing in terms of acting technique. Theatrical, political, and linguistic techniques that come into play in performance studies. Activism is theatrical and theater is activist. How did she become a performance arts… 5000… construction… arteest… manifesto of performance art… (shorthair, she’s shorts Laurie Anderson. Live artist. Hlly Hughes: in the costumes …

Performance Studies Notes #6: Interculturalism + Nietzsche

Multiculturalism vs. Interculturalism: Interculturalism tends to be talked about by practitioners in the 1970’s and 1980’s—continues to have a lot of relevance but—Interculturalism: strategies of arts and political activists have changes radically in the last couple of years. Political strategies moved from “melting pot” to privilege notions of diversity. National culture: unified through diversity… troubling …

Performance Studies Notes #7: Public & Street Performance

Street Performance post-9/11, the public spaces were used to process trauma. How productive politically and psychologically are these performances for the processing of trauma. Very few street performers are women. Women get heckled and harassed. Vessel, performance group. Use of space: from a scenographic perspective Every space is over-determined space with layers and layers of …

Mikhail Bakhtin’s Rabelais and his World

Performance Studies Notes #8: Bakhtin & the Carnivalesque

Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975)* Notion of Carnival—literary phenomenon that has a relationship to the spectacle, multiplicity of languages. Term came from Mikhail Bakhtin’s Rabelais and his World. Rabelais’ draws its energies from the historic practices of carnival which preceded and surrounded it in Renaissance Europe. Carnival rituals are utopian irruption into the workaday world, a time of …

act up and out

Performance Studies Notes #11: ACT UP/OUT

Aestheticizing political issues: does it degrade them? Susan Sontag Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and its Metaphors http://www.susansontag.com/SusanSontag/books/illnessAsMetaphor.shtml She had cancer & wrote about her own experience , drew on moments in history in which certain diseases are metaphors for other things. We must take analysis out of the illness—she wrote AIDS in its Metaphors.. …

Performance Studies Notes #12: Victor Turner & Richard Schechner

Ritual/Liminality Victor Turner: Turner gained notoriety by exploring Arnold van Gennep‘s threefold structure of rites of passage and expanding theories on the liminal phase. “Limin”: the line… Dionysus deals with what it means to cross the ‘line.’ Van Gennep’s structure consisted of a pre-liminal phase (separation), a liminal phase (transition), and a post-liminal phase (reincorporation). Separation Marginalization …