Dance, Theater, and Performance Studies

Organizers

Christine Dunford, Theater
Lisa A. Freeman, English
Mario LaMothe, African-American Studies and Anthropology

This group will offer events that apply a theoretical and critical lens both to the art of theater-making and to the performative practices of everyday life.

Tuesday, September 17, 1-3 pm

The Dance, Theater, and Performance Studies (DTAPS) Working Group of UIC’s Institute for the Humanities invites you to its inaugural session of a series of reading discussions, workshops, and public presentations, on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 1pm-3 pm. Address:  Lower Level Stevenson Hall, 701 South Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60607.

This first shared-reading session is open to all interested in dance, theater and performance research, pedagogies, and practices.  We seek to cultivate a generative community at this and future sessions for discussions of questions such as: how do artists transform the world through performance?  how does theater shape and reshape, orient and reorient, our sense of history and human experience? how might everyday practices be viewed as performatives that contribute to the making of everyday realities?  how do dance, drama, and performance act as a lens through which to understand and investigate larger social, cultural, and political events and movements? what role do the fields of dance, theater and performance play in fostering collectivities and in shaping contestatory forms?

We imagine this first gathering to be collaborative and participatory, as, by way of provocation, we discuss the four readings posted to the website and work together to map out future working group sessions.

Our 2019-2020 calendar dates will be:  September 17, November 19, February 11, and April 21, 1pm-3pm.

Co-conveners:
Christine Dunford
Lisa Freeman
Mario LaMothe

Readings:

Inside/Beside Dance Studies

McMillan Embodied Avatars Introduction Part 1
McMillan Embodied Avatars Introduction Part 2
McMillan Embodied Avatars Introduction Part 3
McMillan Embodied Avatars Introduction Part 4

Conquergood Performance as Moral Act Part 1
Conquergood Performance as Moral Act Part 2
Conquergood Performance as Moral Act Part 3

Barnette Adapturgy Chapter 3 Part 1
Barnette Adapturgy Chapter 3 Part 2
Barnette Adapturgy Chapter 3 Part 3
Barnette Adapturgy Chapter 3 Part 4

Tuesday, November 19, 1-3 pm

The Dance, Theater and Performance Studies Working Group invites you to join us for our second session of the year. As a follow-up to our first discussion, this second session will be organized around a screening of a performed lecture by Susan Foster, “Kinesthetic Empathies and the Politics of Compassion” and a reading of her essay, “Textual Evidances.” We will continue our discussion of how dance, drama, and performance act as a lens through which to understand and investigate larger social, cultural, and political events and movements and extend that discussion to a consideration of how histories of dance, drama, and performance come to be shaped.

Susan Foster’s article, “Textual Evidances” in Representing the Past: Essays in Performance Historiography, eds. Charlotte Canning and Thomas Postlewait (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2010), 333-350, can be found on the working group website.

Tuesday, February 11, 1-3 pm

More information coming soon!

Tuesday, April 21, 1-3 pm

Lecture by Shane Vogel, Indiana University
Title to be announced.