Communication Studies

Meeting the Movement: A Virtual Performance Festival

Friday, February 19, 2021 - 12:01pm to Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 11:59pm

Location:
Virtual
Cost:
Free
Meeting the Movement flyer

 

The Patti Pace Performance Festival Presents

MEETING THE MOVEMENT: A VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL
February 19-20, 2021

WITH SPECIAL ASYNCHRONOUS EVENTS FEBRUARY 29-MARCH 19

Inaugural Organizing Committee:
Jade C. Huell, California State University, Northridge
Danielle Dick McGeough, University of Northern Iowa
Charles Parrott, Kennesaw State University

THEME AND DESCRIPTION

People from all walks of life are braving the COVID-19 pandemic, spilling into the streets across the country and the world demanding racial, gender, economic, and environmental justice! They protest, they march, they agitate for the dignity of Black life, and for freedom from police violence and other legacies of white supremacy embedded in the fabric of U.S. culture. In the midst of the coronavirus, and with an imperative to participate in the global dialogue around justice, Patti PacePerformance Festival presents its first virtual gathering. This year’s theme, “Meeting theMovement,” reflects performance studies’ engagement with performance as protest and performance for social justice. The festival invites participants to consider: What are the possibilities and limitations of performance as resistance? How has this moment altered, enhanced, and/or challenged our understanding(s) of performance pedagogy, as well as the performance of identity, culture, history, empathy, and/or storytelling? How is the field of performance studies complicit in perpetuating white supremacy? How, as a field, are we meeting the movement? Through performances, presentations, workshops, and facilitated discussions on the theme "Meeting theMovement," this virtual performance festival hopes to activate ways to answer the varied and vital calls of this historical moment.

FEATURED ARTISTS

Performance by Javon Johnson, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Presentation by Renee Alexander Craft, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Performance Workshop with Sharrell D. Luckett, University of Cincinnati
Panel Discussion with Renee Alexander Craft, Elizabeth Whittington, Nikki Yeboah, and Jade C. Huell
The Keynote Address by D. Soyini Madison, Northwestern University

WHAT IS THE VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL?

In the spring of 2021, The Virtual Performance Festival will feature guest speakers, round table discussions, performances and a digital archive of performances for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty interested in performance studies. This festival is intended as a virtual supplement to the vibrant tradition of performance festivals that have taken place face-to-face for decades. Performance festivals create connections between people, expand the knowledge and engagement of students, and act as a laboratory for the future of the discipline. This festival has genealogical ties to the communication studies tradition of performance, but welcomes and encourages contributions from other parts of the performance studies landscape. The future of performance studies must be deliberately inclusive and actively anti-racist. People who have historically been marginalized in the festival experience are warmly welcomed to participate, and it is our intention to highlight the contributions of people from these communities. The VirtualPerformance Festival is the response to the moment, and  represents the first of its kind under thePatti Pace banner. We are dedicated to keeping the festival experience alive and thriving during these rapidly changing times.

WHAT IS THE MISSION OF THE VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL

  • Display, discuss, and archive the work of performance studies practitioners 
  • Create connections between performance studies practitioners, both present and future, in a virtual setting
  • Facilitate conversations about important topics related to the future of performance studies
  • Facilitate conversations about how performance studies interacts with our sociopolitical landscape
  • Integrate the festival experience into performance studies curricula

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL?

  • A video archive of performances from students across the country
  • Recorded mini-lectures from emerging scholars about their research 
  • Synchronous featured performances, presentations, and keynote address  
  • Synchronous roundtable discussions about the future of performance studies during social distancing and the problematic history of whiteness in performance studies spaces
  • Support for integrating festival events into performance studies classes
  • Support for beginning, maintaining, and integrating PS festivals and programs

HOW DO I (AND/OR MY INSTITUTION) PARTICIPATE INTHE FESTIVAL?

Institutional participation

Send an email by October 9, 2020 to the organizers at h the following information:

  • Name of Organization
  • Number of anticipated student participants
  • If you intend to contribute a performance, please include a title, description, and estimated length.

Individual participation

Send an email proposal by October 9, 2020 to the organizers with the following information:

  • Your name and institutional affiliation
  • Type of submission (i.e. solo storytelling performance, poetry performance, experimental performance, etc.)
  • Title, description, and estimated length of performance

The Archive

The Festival will feature a Virtual Performance Archive on YouTube. This archive is intended as a repository for performances created in and out of the classroom. We encourage teachers to integrate the Virtual PerformanceArchive into your curriculum for Fall 2020 in preparation to share in Spring at the Festival.


For more information, email pppfvirtual@gmail.com

*The festival is free but registration is required.
**Funding and support for the festival have been provided by CSUN, UNI, and KSU.
***More information about the Virtual Performance Archive project is forthcoming