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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.

Click here for the Performance Research Workshop Events Calendar.


Fall 2017

Saturday, September 16 | 5.30pm

Roundtable discussion with Lindsay Brandon Hunter (UB Theatre & Dance), Dr. Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin (UB College of Arts and Sciences Professor), and other UB scholars about “The Fever” by 600 HIGHWAYMEN (NYC), part of Torn Space Theater’s RESPONSE Performance Festival

Monday September 18 | 3:00-4:20pm | CFA B84
Ballez Workshop with Janet Werther (Graduate Center at CUNY). Attendees can participate or observe the 50 minute workshop, followed by a 30 minute Q&A with Janet Werther, a dancer with Ballez NYC. Ballez celebrates complexly gendered embodiment, re-choreographing what has traditionally been for classical ballet a strictly gendered approach to movement vocabulary.

Thursday, September 21 | 11:00am -12:00pm | Alumni 188
“‘How on Earth Can You Be Both Simultaneously?’: Transgender Performance and the Limits of Drag.”
Janet Werther, CUNY Graduate Center PhD candidate, UB Theatre & Dance Alumnus Event organized by the Department of Theatre & Dance. Details coming soon!

Friday, September 22 | 1pm |Clemens 904

“At the Juncture of Performance, Queer, and Caribbean Studies”
Co-sponsored by the HI Queer Studies Research Workshop and the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures

“Collaboration/Rasanbleman: Working in and through Kreyòl Modes of Performance”
Dasha Chapman, Hampshire College, Five College Consortium

“Our Love on Fire: Gay Men’s Stories of Violence and Hope in Haiti”
Mario LaMothe, University of Illinois at Chicago

Tuesday, October 10 | 11am | Alumni 190

PRW reading session, Black Movements: Performance and Cultural Politics (2017) by Soyica Diggs Colbert
Free copies of Black Movements are available to PRW student members on a first-come first-serve basis through September 28; contact Judith Edmister ( to reserve a copy.

Late October

Broderick Chow, Brunel University (London),
Dynamic Tensions, Details coming soon!

Week of November 13

AT BUFFALO events like public site-specific rehearsals in actual historic locations and archival institutions of the musical’s narrative, and the November 17 and 18 concert readings (including selected faculty and student experimentations). View the Performance Research Workshop events calendar for details on this exciting production about Buffalo’s 1901 Pan-American Exposition!

All AT BUFFALO events made possible through a UB Creative Arts Initiative residency and co-sponsorship from the Humanities Institute, Techne Institute, Gender Institute, Baldy Center, Melodia E. Jones Chair, HI Performance Research Workshop, Torn Space Theater, Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo Museum of Science, Deadria D. Harrington Productions, and the Departments of History, Romance Languages & Literatures, Theatre & Dance, and Transnational Studies; the events are organized in tandem with work by Dr. Amma, the 2017 College of Arts and Sciences Professor.


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.