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THEATRES OF REVOLUTION: PERFORMANCE, PEDAGOGY, AND PROTEST

Focus Group Pre-Conference Events


Session Title:

(7504) Revolutionizing Our Core Classes

Focus Group:

Theatre as a Liberal Art; Two-Year College Program

Description:


This pre-conference will be a "teach in" to share experiences, syllabi, and assignments through panels and hands on workshops focused on pedagogical and practical approaches to our core classes and rehearsal/production practices.

Date:

8/1/2018

Times:

8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Location:

The Westin Boston Waterfront

Registration Fee:

Free

Contact:

Siouxsie Easter seaster@wells.edu



Session Title:

(7505) Immersive Theatre: An Ongoing Performance Revolution

Focus Group:

Acting, Directing, Design and Technology, ATME, Interactive Theatre Committee


Description:

From Sleep No More and Learning Curve to Boston’s Club Drosselmeyer 1939, Immersive Theatre has become a dynamic new performance force. Join us for an intensive two-day preconference focusing on this ever-evolving field. Day one of this preconference will include panel discussions and presentations from immersive theatre creator/artists/performers about their work, the nuts and bolts of creating immersive, the rules and ethics to be considered in the presentation of immersive theatre as well as fully experiential sessions conducted by Boston based artists. Day two will be entirely led by Jennine Willett, Co-Artistic Director of NYC’s critically acclaimed Third Rail Projects, creators of site specific, immersive and experimental performance. She will discuss Third Rail’s work and process and guide participants through examples of exercises they utilize in the development of their projects. This workshop should be of great value to individuals with little or no experience in immersive theatre to those who have a worked a great deal in this exciting art form.


Date:

7/31/18 - 8/1/18


Times:

7/31- 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM-10:00 PM
8/1/18 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Location:

The Westin Boston Waterfront

Registration Fee:

$25.00

Contact:

David Kaye djk@unh.edu



Session Title:

(7506) Association for Asian Performance Pre-Conference

Focus Group:

Association for Asian Performance


Description:

The Association for Asian Performance Pre-Conference is an annual event that showcases diverse scholarship on Asian theatre and performance. It features papers, workshops, round tables, an emerging scholars panel, graduate student networking, and “Schmoozefest” dinner.


Date:

7/31/2018 - 8/2/2018


Times:

7/31/2018 - 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
7/31/2018 - 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
8/01/2018 - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8/01/2018 - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Location:

The Westin Boston Waterfront

Registration Fee:

$25 regular
$15 student or retiree
$15 for grad student lunch


Contact:

Tarryn Chun Tarryn Chun



Session Title:

(7507) Revolutionary Pedagogy

Focus Group:

Women and Theatre Program


Description:

The WTP pre-con offers a full day of panels, workshops, and roundtables and will feature a keynote speaker and performance.


Date:

8/1/18


Times:

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Location:

Boston Playwrights Theatre

Registration Fee:

$30 - $50

Contact:

Jessica Del Vecchio delvecjs@jmu.edu



Session Title:

(7510) Dramaturgy Focus Group Pre-Conference - A Walking Dramaturgy of Boston’s Heritage Trails

Focus Group:

Dramaturgy


Description:

Continuing the Dramaturgy Focus Group's pre-conference tradition of visiting particular sites of interest in and around the conference host city, this year's pre-conference will take advantage of the unique history of Boston as a way to begin discussions on the conference's themes of Revolution, Resistance, and Protest. The pre-conference will consist of multiple history/heritage walking tours, interwoven with lunch and conversation with Jim Vrabel, archivist, community activist, and author of A People’s History of the New Boston.
Pre-conference participants will choose from one of four available tours: The Freedom Trail, the Black Heritage Trial, The Boston Women’s Heritage Trail, or The Irish Heritage Trail. Once the tours are completed, participants will be invited to lunch and a discussion of the tours with Jim Vrabel. Topics may include the dramaturgy of history storytelling, the performance of “interpretive rangers” and “costumed guides,” the intersection of identity and history, sites of protest and revolution on each trail, the preeminence and exclusion of different narratives in these various tellings of history. What acts of resistance are performed in these heritage tours? The critique and comparison of these different narratives of nearby historical sites will interrogate the dramaturgy of storytelling within the historical tourism industry.
Accessibility: For folks who would like an option to walking, please contact planners for information on how to participate.
Note: The DFG pre-conference aligns with the ATHE Conference panel, “Sites of Performance and Protest: Dramaturging Public Space in Boston.”


Date:

8/1/18


Times:

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Location:

The Freedom Trail, the Black Heritage Trial, The Boston Women’s Heritage Trail, and/or The Irish Heritage Trail, plus Lunch.


Registration Fee:

$25.00

Contact:

Olga Sanchez Saltveit osanchez@uoregon.edu

Cut-Off Date:

7/31/18



Session Title:

(7511) Revolution in Four Acts

Focus Group:

Performance Studies


Description:

Titled Revolution in Four Acts, the 2018 Performance Studies Focus Group Pre-Conference at ATHE will expand upon the main ATHE conference theme of Theatres of Revolution: Performance, Pedagogy, and Protest. We will explore what types of revolutionary gestures, practices, and performances are possible within the format of the academic conference. Drawing upon Boston’s cultural institutions, public spaces, and intimate venues, the pre-conference invites attendees into the city through a progressive series of events over a day and a half (July 31-August 1). Such events include an exploration of intimacy and collaboration at one of the city’s queer venues, where attendees will have the opportunity to dialogue with conference-goes from other focus groups. This event, on Tuesday evening, aims to explore how to collaborate within and across ATHE’s focus group designations: what is revolutionary about interdisciplinarity? Likewise, the pre-conference will include: a collaborative session at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, a lunch session focused on advocacy and activism within academic job searches, and a curated roundtable on protest and pedagogy. The pre-conference is open to all and is designed to facilitate conversations about the pressing concerns currently affecting universities and cultural producers.


Date:

7/31/18 - 8/1/18


Times:

July 31st (off site): 9pm-11:30pm (off-site)
August 1st (off site): 9:15 am - 2:00pm (off-site)
August 1st (on site): 2:00pm - 4:00pm (hotel)


Location:

The Westin Boston Waterfront

Registration Fee:

$20 for grad students/unaffiliated
$25 for post docs/non-tenure-track faculty
$30 for tenure-track and tenured faculty

Contact:

Jessi Piggott jpiggott@stanford.edu



Session Title:

(7513) Intersecting Histories, Intersecting Revolutions

Focus Group:

LIA (Latinx, Indigenous and the Americas) and LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer), and TASC (Theatre as Social Change)


Description:

LIA (Latinx, Indigenous and the Americas) and LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer), and TASC (Theatre as Social Change) focus groups have teamed up this year to bring you a pre-conference that embraces the multiple and complex identities we share.  Intersectional coalitions are essential in this time of revolution for strategic purposes and for community wellness.  We are also partnering with and PSFG (Performance Studies Focus Group) on a special queer-themed opening event to fully embrace our varied roles and identities.


Date:

July 31 – August 1


Times:

7:00 PM – Late 8/1; 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM 8/2


Location:

Various off site; see below for full schedule

Registration Fee:

NA

Contact:

Laurelann Porter, MFA, PhD lporter@ben.edu


Day One: Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Welcome Dinner for LIA, LGBTQ, and TASC Pre-Conference


Description:

We will have three tables set up for each of the three groups to have a meet and greet dinner but also have the ability to hop back and forth between groups and tables.  Buffet will be served at Doyle’s in Jamaica Plain.  Dinner will be covered by a conference grant.  Members will be responsible for their own beverages. Possible Optional 6:00-7:00pm tour to Sam Adams brewery. (Additional cost may apply)


Times:

7:00 PM


Location:

Doyle’s in Jamaica Plain
3484 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Accessible by the Orange Line (Green Street or Forest Hills)


 

Late Night*


 

*Co-sponsored with Part 1:  The Revolution is Live


Description:

Exact Time and Location TBD:  Consult PSFG Pre-Conference Listing for details PSFG is going to charge a nominal fee per person to help cover the costs of the event.


Times:

Late Night


Location:

TBD


 

Day Two: August 1, 2018


Times:

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM


9:00 - 9:30 AM

Coffee meet and greet (APM Coffee next door to Pao Center)

9:30 - 10:45 AM

Announcements

Howlround/Latinx Theatre Commons round table discussion Members of HowlRound will meet with members of LIA to discuss the Latinx Theatre Commons and best ways to incorporate this database into our work


10:45 - 11:00 AM

Break

11:00 -12:30 PM

Workshop with Asantewa Sunni-Ali

Acts of Liberation and Self-Care when the Revolution is Live
Workshop Description: In grounding ourselves in the notion that revolution is, and must be, now and always, we will explore ourselves outside of matrices of oppression and devise scripts for daily performances of healing and liberation.

Bio: Dr. Asantewa Fulani Sunni-Ali is a scholar, teacher, performing artist, and theatre practitioner. She currently serves as Director and Program Coordinator of the Fulani Institute of Academics and Arts for youth, Director of the Center of Pan-African Culture and Assistant Professor of Pan-African Studies at Kent State University. Dr. Sunni-Ali is also the Founding Director of Acts of Liberation, LLP, a platform through which radical self-reflection and arts intersect to empower, educate, and engage disenfranchised communities. Her educational background includes an AAS in Theatre Management, a BA in Africana Studies, an MA in African American Studies, and a PhD in Theatre for Youth. Dr. Sunni-Ali is the author of various publications and plays which explore her interlocking research interests: Black childhood, performance, agency, and liberation.


12:30 - 2:00 PM

Lunch on your own

2:00 – 4:00 PM

Translating dances as histories of resistance: Workshop in Afro-Brazilian movement practices with Mestre Monza Calabar

The workshop will combine instruction in dances of the sacred Orixás of the Candomblé religion along with oral histories of the myths and history of Afro-Brazilian culture. The Orixás are associated with natural elements (such as Iemanjá being associated with the ocean and Ossain being associated with medicinal plants. Each Orixá also has an archetypal persona associated with him or her, such as Ogum, the warrior, and Omolú, the healer.

Bio: Mestre Monza Calabar, native to Bahia, grew up in Salvador and São Braz and still has deep family ties to the region. São Braz is a designated Quilombo community (a community descended from escaped slaves and deeply rooted in histories of resistance). Monza has more than 20 years’ experience as a percussionist, dancer, choreographer, and professor of “Dança Afro” (dances of the Orixás adopted from the sacred dances of the Candomblé religion). Monza is also an ordained Ogan in the Candomblé religion.


4:00 PM

Everyone is encouraged to walk together to the conference hotel for the first session at 4:30 PM


Location:

Pao Arts Center
99 Albany Street, Boston 02111
(25 minute walk from the conference hotel)



Session Title:

(7514) Manifesting Contemplative Teaching: A Meditation and Yoga Workshop


Focus Group:

Theory & Criticism


Description:

This pre-conference is in keeping with the tradition we have had of contemplative practice preceding ATHE conferences for the past three years, but this year, the focus will be on writing and revising individual teaching manifestos.

On Day One, participants will meet for a meditation and light yoga session, followed by a guided contemplative writing session.

On Day Two, participants will have an opportunity to share their manifestos and receive feedback from the group, followed by another meditation and yoga session.


Dates:

7/30/18 - 8/1/18


Times:

7/31/18 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
8/1/18 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Location:

The Westin Boston Waterfront

Registration Fee:

Free

Contact:

Jane Barnette jane@ku.edu



Session Title:

(7515) Intergenerational Queer Ritual

Focus Group:

Religion and Theatre, LGBTQ


Description:

With performances by Annie Sprinkle, Beth Stephens, and Taja, this pre-conference seeks to put into conversation the performance rituals enacted by these performances artists as intergenerational understandings of queer ritual. By using seasoned artists with an artist of a new generation, this pre-conference seeks to investigate the origins of queer ritual as well as tracing its continual evolution. The artists will join us in the conversations as a means of digging more deeply into the rationale and thought process behind the use of ritual as a queer performance space.


Dates:

8/1/18


Time:

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Location:

The Westin Boston Waterfront

Registration Fee:

$20.00

Contact:



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