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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.

Upcoming Performance Research Workshops

March 30 @ 2:00 pm | Zoom
Performance Research Workshop: Rhaisa Williams, “Three Black Mothers in a Cleveland Cabaret as the City Comes Crumbling Down”

April 21 @ 12:00 pm | 310 Silverman Library/Capen Hall
Performance Research Workshop: Trevor Boffone and Danielle Rosvally, “Digital Elevator Pitches: How to Put Your Research on TikTok”

See Past Performance Events »

Fall 2018

“Playing With Arts and Identity in the Theatre of Koffi Kwahulé,” Judith G. Miller (New York University)
Thursday, September 27, 2pm, Clemens 904
Master class and practical workshop with Judith G. Miller
Friday, September 28, 1pm, Alumni Arena 190
Co-sponsored with the Melodia E. Jones Chair, the Gender Institute, and the Modernisms Research Workshop

“Beautiful Tangles: Neo-Futurism, Truth, and the Brain,” Chloe Johnston (Lake Forest College, Chicago Neo-Futurists)
Thursday, October 4, 2pm, Clemens 904
Neo-Futurist Performance Workshop with Chloe Johnston
Friday, October 5, 1pm, Alumni Arena 188
Co-sponsored with the Department of Theatre & Dance

“Staging Creolization: Renewing the Theatrical Activism of Edouard Glissant,” Emily Sahakian (University of Georgia)
Friday, October 12, 11am, Capen 107 (Honors College)
Bricolage workshop with Emily Sahakian
Friday, October 12, 1pm, Alumni Arena 190
Co-sponsored with the Gender Institute, the Honors College, and the Modernisms Research Workshop

Performance of “The Worth of Women” (Il Merito delle donne), by Moderata Fonte, translated by Virginia Cox; directed by Jay Stern, in collaboration with Laura Caparrotti; performed by Kairos Italy Theater
Monday, October 29, 2018, 5pm, Student Union Theatre
Co-sponsored with the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures

Discussion with Netta Yerushalmy, choreographer and Guggenheim fellow, on the creative process of Paramodernities
Tuesday, November 14, 2-3.15pm, Baldy 200G
Coordinated with Rob Falgiano, Center for the Arts

Discussion of Manmade Earth, created by 600 HIGHWAYMEN
Led by J Dellecave (Theatre & Dance)
Saturday, November 17, 2018, Torn Space Theatre

Works-in-Progress: “Mostess,” a five-course performance experience, created by J Dellecave (Theatre & Dance)
Thursday, November 29, 2pm, Park 280

Spring 2018

Annual membership meeting
Thursday, February 15, 2pm, Clemens 904

Works-in-Progress: “Transient Witness: Livestreaming the Real,” Lindsay Brandon Hunter (Theatre & Dance)
Thursday, March 1, 2pm, Clemens 904

Works-in-Progress: “Hermeneutics and Poetics of Violence in the Plays of Bárbara Colio,” Margarita Vargas (Romance Languages & Literatures)
Thursday, March 29, 2pm, Clemens 904

Works-in-Progress: “Crossing the Mediterranean: Haptic Encounters with Berni Searle,” Hershini Bhana Young (English)
Thursday, April 12, 2pm, Clemens 904

“Brothers’ Keepers: Notes from a Black Dance Dramaturg,” Nadine George-Graves (University of California, San Diego)
Thursday April 26, 2pm, Knox 110
Respondent to Performance and Conflict undergraduate research symposium
Thursday, April 26, 9am, Alumni Arena 188
Co-sponsored with the Department of Theatre & Dance

“Back ‘AT BUFFALO,’” public debriefing by Dr. Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin (U Georgia), on her tenure as 2017-18 College of Arts and Sciences Visiting Professor, and collaboration through the “AT BUFFALO: The Musical” November 2017 residency
Friday, April 27, 11.30am, Baldy 200G

Fall 2017

Discussion of The Fever, created by 600 HIGHWAYMEN
Led by Dr. Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin (UB College of Arts and Sciences Visiting Professor) and Lindsay Brandon Hunter (Theatre & Dance)
Saturday, September 16, 5.30pm, Torn Space Theater

“‘How on Earth Can You Be Both Simultaneously?’ Transgender Performance and the Limits of Drag,” Janet Werther (CUNY Graduate Center PhD candidate)
Thursday, September 21, Alumni Arena 188
Ballez workshop with Janet Werther (CUNY Graduate Center PhD candidate)
Monday, September 18, 3pm, Center for the Arts B84
Co-sponsored with the Department of Theatre & Dance

“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-Chicago)
Friday, September 22, 1pm, Clemens 904
Co-sponsored with the Queer Studies Research Workshop, the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, and the Caribbean, Latin American, and Latino Studies Program

Book Club: Soyica Diggs Colbert’s Black Movements: Performance and Cultural Politics (2017); free copies provided to PRW graduate student membership
Tuesday, October 10, 11am, Alumni Arena 190

“Hypertrophic Theatre: Male Bodybuilding, Theatricality, and the Evidence of the Body,” Broderick Chow (Brunel University)
Thursday, October 26, 11am Alumni Arena 188
Seminar and practical workshop with Broderick Chow
Tuesday, October 31, 12.30-3.30pm, Alumni Arena 190
Co-sponsored with the Department of Theatre & Dance

“AT BUFFALO: The Musical” November 2017 residency: collaboration between the AT BUFFALO team, Dr. Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin (2017-18 College of Arts and Sciences Visiting Professor), and local artists and students
· Saturday, November 10, 11.30am, public rehearsal, Michigan Street Baptist Church
· Tuesday, November 13, 1pm, public performance presentations, with the students of “Exposing Race Archives”, Buffalo Museum of Science
· Thursday, November 15, 6pm, public rehearsal, Buffalo Historical Museum
· Friday, November 17, 7pm, and Saturday November 18, 2pm, staged readings, Katharine Cornell Theatre
Co-sponsored with the Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, the Gender Institute, the Humanities Institute, the Melodia E. Jones Chair, the Techne Institute, Torn Space Theatre, and the Departments of History, Transnational Studies, and especially Theatre & Dance


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