Performance Philosophy Reading Group

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Performance Philosophy Reading Group 
at Center for Performance Research


This monthly reading group series, in conjunction with the international research network, Performance Philosophy (PP), will be co-hosted by select CPR Artists-In-Residence and staff members. We will read exhilarating and thought-provoking texts from PP’s publications as a springboard into generative discussion and thought-experimentation. In this series of reading groups, we will engage with texts in whatever way seems most productive.

Performance Philosophy (PP) is a relatively new field of exploration that seeks to rethink what precisely thinking is. To do this, the members of PP draw from methodologies in philosophy, performance studies, theatre studies, dance, music, the visual arts, practice-as-research, and other cognate disciplines to play around with, deconstruct, and rearrange the centuries-old hierarchy of academic thought. Learn more about Performance Philosophy

Registration required in advance. Email for more information.

Performance Philosophy Reading Group, co-hosted by Antonio Ramos, 2017 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation AiR

Performance Philosophy Reading Group, co-hosted by Antonio Ramos, 2017 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation AiR

Upcoming Reading Groups:
Stay tuned!

Performance Philosophy Reading Group February 2019. Photo by Asya Gorovits

Past Meetings and Readings:

Wednesday, November 1 | 6:30PM co-hosted by CPR 2020 AiR
*gathering virtually through Zoom*
ASL interpretation available upon request.
Email to RSVP/ Zoom link.
Listening: Dementia in the Age of Coronavirus, the October 16, 2020 episode from the NPR Podcast The Forgetting. 

Wednesday, October 21 | 6:30PM co-hosted by CPR 2020 AiR Londs Reuter
*gathering virtually through Zoom*
ASL interpretation available upon request.
Email to RSVP/ Zoom link.
Chapter 2, “Private Inventory is a Dance-Logic System” from the Book Private Inventory by Londs Reuter
A note from Londs: Private Inventory is a movement practice for individuals to be accountable to their bodily material — its nuance, its mundanity, its wild capacity. Londs Reuter has developed a logic system to distill and examine a moment of action and question it further, asking, why this dance? What allowed for this movement? And how might this dance end? Private Inventory offers the reader a chance to examine their own matter and acknowledge this resource. The hope is: if we know what we have, the better chance we’ll use our resources well.

Wednesday, September 23 | 6:30PM co-hosted by CPR 2020 AiR, J. Bouey
*gathering virtually through Zoom*
A note from J. Boueywe are all grieving. witness and be witnessed”.

Wednesday, August 26 | 6:30PM co-hosted by CPR 2020 AiR, 
A note from Christopher: “Thank you for wanting to be part of this virtual discussion where we will talk about the historical, social, and symbolic meanings that have been given to the disabled body. We will work together from a bio-political perspective on the notions of domesticity in times of quarantine and how this intersects with the home-based practices for disabled artists”.   

Wednesday, July 29 | 6:30PM co-hosted by CPR 2020 AiR, mayfield brooks
*gathering virtually through Zoom*
Reading: ‘The Plot of Her Undoing’ by Saidiya Hartman, (Reading pp 1-6)
Commissioned by the Feminist Art Coalition (FAC) 
Waiting to Fall by David Marriot CR: The New Centennial Review, Michigan State University Press, Volume 13, Number 3, Winter 2013, pp. 163-240 ( pp. 210-217)
Manifesto for Fred Holland and Ishmael Houston-Jones’s 1983 Untitled Duet at Contact at 10th and 2nd 
ViewingContact At 2nd & 10th Fred Holland & Ishmael Houston-Jones, 1983. 
Listening: Abbey Lincoln’s song Down Here Below (inspired by Frank Wilderson’s film Reparations Now)
A note from mayfield:My hope is that this assortment of readings/listenings/viewings will spark discussion about Black feminist frameworks for falling down, breaking down, undoing or down falling, and residing in spaces below in Black contemporary dance, discourse and theory. Lately, I’ve been thinking about falling into earth as an act of endless movement into an “understory or forest compost” and how it relates to death but also to unearthing something else. I’m not so sure what this something else is, but since I’ve been working with decomposing dance in my own work and it seems to reside “down below” as Abbey Lincoln sings about, I thought it would be interesting to use Ishmael and Fred’s dance as a jumping off point to discuss falling & undoing in the context of Hartman & Marriot.”

Wednesday, June 24 | 6:30pm co-hosted by CPR 2020 AiR, 
*gathering virtually through Zoom*
Reading‘Whiteness and the Politics of Post-Racial America’ by Laura Gray-Rosendale, Stephanie Capaldo, Sherri Craig and Emily Davalos from ‘The Performance Identities of Lady Gaga: Critical Essays’ edited by Richard J. Gray II.
The music videos ‘Bad Romance’ and ‘Telephone’ by Lady Gaga will serve as additional viewings for discussion.

Wednesday, May 27 | 6:30pm co-hosted by CPR 2020 Technical Resident, Dean Moss
*gathering virtually through Zoom*
Films for DicussionPocahontas Was A Mistake, and Here’s Why! by Nancy Ellis (2017). Racism and Contemporary Dance by Royona Mitra, Arabella Stanger and Simon Ellis (2019) 

Wednesday, April 29 | 6:30pm co-hosted by 2020 CPR AiR,
*gathering virtually through Zoom*
Reading: Pavleheidler (2020) ‘The Physical Consequence to Knowing: A Speculative Report’  from Performance Philosophy. Vol 5 (2), 260-292.

Wednesday, March 18 | 6:30pm co-hosted by 2017 CPR AiR, Antonio Ramos
****In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, PPRG March has been postponed. CPR – Center for Performance Research will continue to actively and closely monitor this evolving situation. Updates will be shared on this page or can be found on our website:****

Wednesday, February 19 | 6:30pm co-hosted by 2020 CPR AiR,
Reading: Soneji, Davesh (2011). ‘Producing Dance in Colonial Tanjore’ Unfinished Gestures : Devadasis, Memory, and Modernity in South India, (University of Chicago Press) pp 27-69.

Wednesday, January 22 | 6:30pm co-hosted by 2020 CPR AiR, Lu Yim
Reading: Gretchen Jude (2019)  Vocal Performance Through Electrical Flows: Making Current Kin Performance Philosophy Vol. 4 (2) 393-409.

Wednesday, December 11 | 6:30pm co-hosted by 2019 CPR AiR, Mee Jung

Wednesday, November 20 | 6:30pm co-hosted by 2019 CPR AiR,
Reading: José Esteban Muñoz (1999). ‘Performing Disidentity: Disidentification as a Practice of Freedom’ Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics. (University of Minnesota: Minneapolis and London), pp. 161-180.

Wednesday October 23 | 6:30pm co-hosted by 2019 CPR AiR, Ivy Baldwin
Reading: Jeanne Tiehen (2018). ‘Climate Change and the Inescapable Present. Performance Philosophy Vol 4 (1) 123-138.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 6:30pm co-hosted by 2019 CPR AiR, Jordan Demetrius Lloyd
Reading: Jodie McNeilly’s (2016). ‘Bodily Schemata and Sartre’s i and me: Reflection and Awareness in Movement’. Performance Philosophy Vol 2 (1) 83-98.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 | 6:30pm co-hosted by 2019 CPR Technical Resident, Annie B. Parson/Big Dance Theater
Reading: Generative Constraints (2019). ‘Break Up Variations: An Annotated Score.’ Performance Philosophy Vol 4. (2) 591-600.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | 6:30pm Co-hosted by 2019 CPR AiR, jess pretty
Reading: Genevieve Hyacinthe (2019).‘The Shape of Humidity: Performing Black Atlantic Theory Making’ Performance Philosophy Vol 4. (2) 434-451.

Wednesday June 26, 2019 | 6:30pm
Reading: Teoma Naccarato and John MacCallum (2019).Collaboration as Differentiation: Rethinking interaction intra-actively Performance Philosophy Vol 4. (2) 410-433.

Wednesday May 29, 2019 | 6:30pm co-hosted by 2019 CPR AiR,
Leslie Cuyjet
Reading: Annette Arlander (2019). Resting with Pines in Nida: Attempts at Performing with Plants Performance Philosophy Vol 4. (2) 452-475.

Wednesday April 24, 2019 | 6:30pm
Reading: Keti Chukhrov (2019). Repetition as the Performative Syndrome of Dying‘ Performance Philosophy Vol 4. (2) 236-1631.

Wednesday March 20, 2019 | 6:30pm
Reading: Christel Stalpaert and Sophie Doutreligne (2019). ‘Performing With the Masquerade: Towards a Corporeal Reconstitution of Sophie Taeuber’s Dada Performances. Performance Philosophy Vol. 4 (2): 528-545.

Wednesday February 20, 2019 | 6:30pm
Reading: Erin Brannigan (2019). Talking Back: What Dance might make of Badiou’s Philosophical Project‘ Performance Philosophy Vol. 4 (2): 354-373.

Wednesday January 23, 2019| 6:30pm
Reading: Hannah Lemmin (2018). Krisis as the Scene of Non-Decisional Judgement: A Performance Fiction for the Generic Human.‘ Performance Philosophy Vol. 4 (1) 66-85.

Wednesday November 28, 2018 | 6:30pm co-hosted by 2018 CPR AiR Alexis Zaccarello
Reading: Jeanne Tiehen (2018). ‘Climate Change and the Inescapable Present.’ Performance Philosophy Vol. 4 (1) 123-138.

Wednesday October 17, 2018 | 6:30pm co-hosted by 2018 CPR AiR Katie Workum
Reading: Petrovi? -Lotina, Goran (2017). ‘The Political Dimension of Dance: Mouffe’s Theory of Agonism and Choreography’, Performing Antagonism: Theatre, Performance and Radical Democracy, Eds. Tony Fisher and Eve Katsouraki (Palgrave Macmillan: London), pp. 251-272.

Wednesday September 26, 2018 | 6:30pm co-hosted by 2018 CPR Technical Resident Parijat Desai
Reading: Daniela Perazzo Domm (2018). ‘Crisis and the Emotional Body: Towards (Another) FreedomPerformance Philosophy, Vol. 4.1, 188-205.

Monday August 20, 2018 | 6:30pm
Co-hosted by 2018 CPR Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Artist-in-Residence 
Sidra Bell
Reading: Cull, Laura (2012). ‘Immanent Imitations, Animal Affects: From Hijikata Tatsumi to Marcus Coates’ Theatres of Immanence: Deleuze and the Ethics of Performance (Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke and New York), pp. 105-144.

Monday July 23, 2018 | 6:30pm
Co-hosted by 2017 CPR Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Artist-in-Residence 
Antonio Ramos
Reading: Blades, Hetty (2016). ‘Work(s) and (Non)Production in Contemporary Movement Practices’Performance Philosophy Journal, Vol 2.1, 35-54.

Monday June 18, 2018 | 6:30pm
Co-hosted by CPR Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Artist-in-Residence Abigail Levine

Reading: Breemen, Alice (2017). ‘Performance Philosophy: audience participation and responsibility,’ Performance Philosophy. Vol 2. (2) 299-309.

Monday May 21, 2018 | 6:30pm
Co-hosted by CPR Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Artist-in-Residence Kyle Marshall
Reading: Mullis, Eric (2016). ‘Dance, Philosophy, and Somaesthetics‘, Performance Philosophy. Vol 2. (1) 60-71.

Monday April 16, 2018 | 7:30pm
Co-hosted by 2017 Technical Residency Artist-in-Residence Tatyana Tenenbaum
Reading: Cull, Laura (2014). ‘Performance Philosophy: Staging a New Field’, Encounters in Performance Philosophy Eds. Laura Cull and Alice Lagaay, Palgrave Macmillan: New York & London, pp. 15-38

Lagaay, Alice and Alice Koubova (2014). ‘Performing the Impossible in Philosophy’, Encounters in Performance Philosophy,  Eds. Laura Cull and Alice Lagaay, Palgrave Macmillan: New York & London, pp. 39-62.

Friday March 30, 2018| 6:30pm
Reading: Cvejic, Bojana. “From Odd Encounters to a Prospective Confluence: Dance-Philosophy.” Performance Philosophy Journal, Vol 1 (2015): 7-23.

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