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Friday, June 14 • 1:30pm - 4:45pm
Workshopping Ways of Encountering Self / Encountering Others: A Participatory Sharing of Theatrical, Digital, and Art Installation Performance Practices (DOUBLE SESSION) LIMITED

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Program Description: This workshop examines three methods of liberationist performance of identity in relation to community: live, scripted theatre; digital storytelling forums; and pop-up art installation performance. 

Abstract: Christina Rodriguez De Conte reimagines TO for live, solo performance.  By performing her story, My Very Own Cuban American Story of Origin, she showcases a performance of personal search for identity.  She explores how the witnessing live performance, coupled with Theatre of the Oppressed tools, and story circles, can inspire participants to devise their own micro-theatrical story of origin.

A South Asian academic, immigrant, and community-based researcher, Jashodhara Sen’s project, Leaving Home, Finding Home, sees digital storytelling as a communicative practice, providing lasting and safe platforms for creating community. Sen’s digital forum is an open-access website for South Asian women to network and share stories about home, identity, freedom, and equality. Sen works beyond conventional theatre spaces with diverse communities, initiating dialogue about immigration and migration. Sen shares excerpts from her project, inviting participants to reflect on how digital media relates to their own work, stories, networks of solidarity, and safe spaces.

Bridget Close and Aaron Ellis draw upon Close’s eco-centric art and movement practices, and Ellis’s Other-centric activism, scholarship, and performance work. They develop embodied processes for de-centering “self” and re-centering marginalized “Others.” They curate relevant material to create temporary “constellations” that inform their ongoing embodied responses to institutional and interpersonal injustice and oppression. Close and Ellis will present a pop-up performance installation of their embodied process. Afterwards, participants are invited to curate their own “constellations” and generate personal movement practices to support their liberationist work.
Challenging Questions
1. In this session, we see examples of theatrical production, digital storytelling, and art installation performance: what differences/overlaps do you see in these distinct approaches to liberatory performance practice?

2. Have you witnessed or participated in theatrical, digital, and/or art installation exploration of “identity” before? If so, how do these experiences relate to this workshop, especially relative to liberationist politics and practice?

3. How was your experience of this workshop – what did you notice, what struck you, what will you take away from it, and why? How does (or doesn't) this workshop inspire your work for justice?


Jashadora Sen

PhD candidate/part time instructor, CU Boulder

Aaron Ellis

Florida State University School of Theatre / School of Dance
Aaron Ellis is a PhD Candidate in Florida State University (FSU) School of Theatre. In his dissertation research, Ellis uses ethnographic methods to study the Bronx-based work of an Italy-based theatre company, the Open Program of the Workcenter of J. Grotowski and T. Richards. He... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 1:30pm - 4:45pm MDT
Tundra 008a/b (Lower Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA