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Faculty Coordinators: Christian Flaugh (RLL); Ariel Nereson (Theatre & Dance); Lindsay Brandon Hunter (Theatre & Dance)

“The fields of organizational, cultural, and technological performance, when taken together, form an immense performance site, one that potentially encompasses the spheres of human labor and leisure activities and the behaviors of all industrial and electronically produced technologies.” (J. McKenzie, Perform or Else, 12).

Performance and “performative” have become widely adopted critical and theoretical concepts across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. As such, the concept of performance extends beyond aesthetic and cultural considerations to operate both as an object of study and as a critical methodology across disciplines. This new research group will support transdisciplinary inquiries, collaborations, and projects centered around the concept of “performance” across areas and cultures to connect and extend our notions of performance practices both historically and in contemporary contexts. Specifically, the group will feature: (i) an ongoing reading series; (ii) presentations and feedback for faculty and graduate work in development (including drafts, project critique, and other forms of critical response); and (iii) visiting speakers focused on the deployment of performance in diverse contexts.


Fall 2017

Details to come soon on events, including the series of public talks, archival installations, site-specific rehearsals, and concert readings built around the following two co-sponsored and co-organized residencies:

Dr. Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin, WBFO Visiting Professor of the Arts

And the Creative Arts Initiative residency of the AT BUFFALO creative team


Fall 2016

Thursday 10/27/16: “Queering Dominican Frames: Beyond the Local, Global, and Diaspora”, Maja Horn (Barnard College/Columbia University), co-sponsored with the HI Queer Studies Research Workshop and the Gender Institute, CFA Screening Room

Spring 2017

Friday 2/17/17: The Asylum Project, a solo performance by Elizabeth Mozer, Founding Artistic Director of Theatre in the Flesh (Binghamton University), co-sponsored with the HI Embodied Research Working Group and the Department of Theatre & Dance, Katharine Cornell Theatre

Tuesday 2/28/17: HI New Faculty Seminar – Ariel Nereson (Dance)
“Democracy Moving: Models of Civic Life in Bill T. Jones’ Lincoln Dances,” 904 Clemens

Tuesday 3/7/17: “Television Scales; or, How to Watch Strathern (in) TV,” Nick Salvato (Cornell University), Student Union Theater

Tuesday 3/28/17: Performance RW Work in Progress Session, Millie Chen (UB Art), “Silk Road Songbook,” Center for the Arts B13

Friday 4/14/17: AGA Collaborative present win. place. show. and Walking in the Academy. AGA Collaborative are three performer/choreographers and a dramaturg: Gretchen Alterowitz (UNC Charlotte), Alison Bory (Davidson College), Amanda Hamp (University of New Mexico), and Jean marie Higgins (UNC Charlotte). This performance and lecture are culminating events for a week of activity at UB that also includes guest classes, workshops, and setting a new work on Zodiaque Dance Company. Co-sponsored by the Techne Institute, the Department of Theatre & Dance, and the HI Embodied Research Working Group; Center for the Arts B53

April 13-May 12, 2017, “Ill at Ease: Dis-ease and Art,” co-sponsorship of the Department of Art event that includes three performance artists: Ann Moody (April 13, 5pm), Ames Hawkins (April 18, 6pm), and Joan Giroux (April 26, 7pm); Center for the Arts B45

Click here for events from previous years.