What is Activism in Performance?

Concept: To get in the studio with multiple dancers to explore some of the complex ideas of gender, identity, and race especially outlined in Paulo Friere’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed and other texts discussing the whys and hows oppression happens and how to evoke the empowerment to overcome these situations.…

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Mette Ingvartsen’s Yes Manifesto (2005)

Yes to redefining virtuosityYes to conceptualizing experience, affects, sensationYes to materiality/body practiceYes to investment of performer and spectatorYes to expressionYes to excessYes to ‘invention'(however impossible)Yes to un-naming, decoding and recoding expressionYes to non-recognition, non-resemblanceYes to non-sense/illogicYes to organizing principles rather than fixed logic systemsYes to methodology and proceduresYes to editing…

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