Exploring Public History and Performance

Exploring Public History and Performance

Sinead Cox and Arpita Bajpeyi delivered an engaging workshop as part of the Studies in Performing Arts and Embodiments initiative at FCT.  Staging our Histories, the collective that they formed in Canada along with Marie-Anne Gagnon, was born out of a desire to change ‘our assumptions about whose histories we accept and whose we dismiss because of the way they are told’. Their work showcases ‘thoughtful and vibrant representations of history, our collaborating artists illustrate the powerful ways in which performances and history ‘off the page’ can explore individual and cultural memory.’

They  introduced the critical and theoretical framework of their initiative, referring to performance studies scholars Joseph Roach, Greg Denning, Freddie Rokem and Diana Taylor.  The second half of the workshop showcased some of the performances that were part of previous events curated by their collective and included the screening of a short film by Jessie Thistle and an enactment of a holocaust survivor story by psychologist, playwright and actor Prof. Henry Greenspan (University of Michigan).  Prof. Greenspan joined the workshop over Skype for a Q&A session with the participants.

For more information about Staging our Histories, look here.

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