Archive | September 2013

Hemi Encuentro 2014–Manifest!: Choreographing Social Movements in the Americas–Application deadline extended to Oct. 9, 2013

The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and Concordia University invite scholars, activists, and artists of all disciplines to examine the practical, ethical, aesthetic, and theatrical, and performative dimensions of manifests and manifestations throughout the Americas at the ninth Encuentro, to be held in Montréal, Québec, June 21-28, 2014.

Choreographing Social Movements in the Americas

How are performances mobilized and syncretized in civic, community, and cultural contexts to create manifold forms of political expression? How do public, theatrical events produce ‘evidence’ that manifests ideas otherwise invisible, hidden, or unspeakable? What new manifestations, manifestos, festivals, and manifs emerge via our changing visions of political spaces, intellectual arenas, and the everyday street? The 2014 Encuentro invites artists, activists, and scholars to engage with and investigate the aesthetic, social, and choreographic techniques that transform political ideas into collective images, through actions, embodied utterances, and ways of being.

Such questions resonate in the host city of Montréal, where la manifestation has a rich and ongoing history. We invite your manifestations, provocations, and proposals for work group participation, roundtables, exhibits, urban interventions, workshops, and performances.
Among others, the term MANIFEST! contains the following potential valences:

The published list of a ship’s, train’s, or airplane’s cargo or its passengers, as in the inventory of a slave ship; synonym for the verbs to show, to appear, or to publish, manifestar; as a noun, synonym for evidence, appearance; as an adjective, clearly revealed to the eye, mind, or judgment; open to view or comprehension.

A written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives, or views of its issuer; a political, religious, or artistic statement proclaiming a cause, position or stake in a conflict; a genre of public speech—manifeste in French, manifiesto, in Spanish—associated with radical social movements and aesthetic vanguards.

Short for manifestation, the French language word for street demonstration.

Short for festival, and with strong referential affinities to fiesta or festa, denoting celebration and ritual performance in Spanish and Portuguese.

A racialized ideological trope coined and disseminated in the mid-nineteenth century to encourage and justify the white settlement of the entire North American continent, and the subjugation or extermination of the native peoples therein through colonization, relocation and genocide.

The incorporation of a spirit, such as an orisha or the Holy Spirit, in the body of a medium.

Prefix referencing the Latin root word for “hand,” as in manual, manicure, manipulation.

Encuentro participation is by application only.

To apply, see the Application Guidelines and Work Group descriptions on our website and then fill out the Online Application Form.

The application deadline for the Encuentro is September 25, 2013.

Once accepted, participants will be required to pay a registration fee, which covers tickets for all performances, exhibits, workshops, lectures, discussions, Trasnocheo, and receptions. For participants residing in the US, Canada or Europe, the registration fee is $350 USD and the discounted fee for enrolled students is $300. For participants residing in Latin America, the registration fee is USD$150 and the discounted fee for enrolled students is USD$100. Payment deadline will be in March 2014.

Fees are waived for artists whose performance, exhibit or installation is accepted and programmed into the Encuentro schedule.

To find out more about the Hemispheric Institute, visit


“Watching is anything but….” spectacle and agency in Jérôme Bel’s “Disabled Theater”

Dr. Ann Cooper Albright
Thursday, October 3
Ohio Union Great Hall Meeting Room 2
Reception at 4pm, Presentation at 5

flyerA dancer and scholar, Ann Cooper Albright is Professor of Dance, and Chair of the Department of Dance at Oberlin College. Combining her interests in dancing and cultural theory, she is involved in teaching a variety of dance, performance studies and gender studies courses that seek to engage students in both practices and theories of the body. She is founder and director of Girls in Motion an award winning afterschool program at Langston Middle School and co-director of Accelerated Motion: Towards a New Dance Literacy, a National Endowment for the Arts-funded digital collection of materials about dance. She is the author of Engaging Bodies: the Politics and Poetics of Corporeality (2013); Modern Gestures: Abraham Walkowitz Draws Isadora Duncan Dancing (2010); Traces of Light: Absence and Presence in the Work of Loie Fuller (2007); Choreographing Difference: the Body and Identity in Contemporary Dance (1997) and co-editor of Moving History/Dancing Cultures (2001) and Taken By Surprise: Improvisation in Dance and Mind (2003). The book, Encounters with Contact Improvisation (2010), is the product of one of her adventures in writing and dancing and dancing and writing with others. Currently, Ann is working on an interdisciplinary book entitled Gravity Matters: Finding Ground in an Unstable World.

Sponsored by Abilities, Disability Studies, and the Human Rights Working Group at the Humanities Institute