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November 26

50 Years to 1968: A Sit-In Seminar

Photo by Paul Klee. From the Collection of Paul Cronin.

Monday, November 26
Segal Theatre
All Day Seminar

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

In 1968, the student body emerged on the global scene as a cohesive revolutionary movement fighting alongside oppressed people in India, East and Western Europe, South and North America, and articulating a new political horizon. 50 years later, what remains of that emancipatory promise?

In an all-day event, the Segal Center and the Doctoral Students of Theatre and Performance will stage a critical homage to the 1968 sit-ins and alternative modes of congregation, inviting students, activists, scholars, artists and workers to share the space, sit together, talk, perform, meet and listen. The sit-in at the Segal will create an open forum for participants from different groups and areas to debate, experiment and re-imagine the political roles and potential of the student body and its collaborators today – both inside and outside the university.

Created in collaboration with Doctoral Students of Theatre and Performance, Amir Farjoun and Mara Valderrama.

Date: November 26
Venue: Segal Theatre
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December 10

Performing Knowledge: What Does Learning Feel Like?

Joseph Beuys, Untitled (Sun State), 1974.

Monday, December 10
Segal Theatre
All Day Lecture Performances with Meg Araneo, Patricia Clough, Amir Farjoun, Jon McKenzie, Aneta Stojnic, and others

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

What is the role of aesthetics in the production and dissemination of knowledge and research? In what new ways can we perform our knowledge, and to what new ends?

Un-covering and celebrating the latent performative potential of any pedagogical situation, prominent scholars and graduate students convene to consider such basic, yet often neglected questions: what does learning feel like? Philosopher and political scientist Wendy Brown calls upon scholars to recover “what is ineffably moving, sublime, or meaningful in the humanities.” Performing Knowledge seeks to do exactly that, focusing on the Humanities’ struggles with trends of neoliberalism.

Performing Lecturers include Meg Araneo, Patricia Clough (The Affective Turn), Jon McKenzie (Perform or Else) and Aneta Stojnic, and Graduate Students.

Performing Knowledge is an initiative by Amir Farjoun, Ph.D. Student of Theatre and Performance at the Graduate Center CUNY, in collaboration with the Segal Center. Co-produced with Mara Valderrama.

Date: December 10
Venue: Segal Theatre
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December 12

Devised Theatre: Curating, Producing, Presenting (A Practical Roundtable)

Covers of Moment Work: Tectonic Theater Project’s Process of Devising Theater and Ensemble-Made Chicago: A Guide to Devised Theater.

Wednesday, December 12
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Discussion + 3:00pm Workshop + 5:30pm Book Talk

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

What is devised theater? This form, which confounds traditional notions of theatermaking, is itself confounding. It has come to mean many different (and sometimes conflicting) things, depending on the context. Join our working group discussion, featuring producing institutions, funders, artists, legal experts, and scholars, as we attempt to create a comprehensive definition for the “devised theater.” What happens when the collaboration expands beyond traditional definitions? How is the work curated, produced, presented, compensated and credited?

3:00pm Workshop
Register at mestc@gc.cuny.edu for a special Devised Theatre afternoon workshop with the Dramatists Guild, who organized an International Devised Theatre Conference as a part of their 2018 National Conference.

5:30pm Book Talk
with Jimmy Maize, Moment Work (2018), and Chloe Johnston, Ensemble-Made Chicago: A Guide to Devised Theater (2018)

Organized and led by Andrew Kircher, Director of The Public Theater’s Devised Theater Initiative + an afternoon workshop with the Dramatist Guild on their new devised theater contract templates.

Andrew Kircher is the Director of the Devised Theater Initiative and associate dramaturg at the Public Theater. As a creative producer, he has worked with companies including Ars Nova, Les Freres Corbusier, and Jollyship the Whiz-Bang, and was previously the associate director of the Under the Radar Festival. He has served on panels with NEFA, Creative Capital, among others. He curated the 2017 and 2018 PRELUDE Festival.

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