April 19, 2016: Claire Solomon, Michael Garber, Katherine Hollander, Debra Caplan, and Alisa Sniderman

What Can Theater Scholarship Learn from Theater? Methodology and a Collaborative Turn In spite of seismic shifts in how scholars conduct and conceive of...

April 12, 2016: Vivian Huang

Inscrutability, Hospitality, and the Parasitic Performance of Laurel Nakadate Notorious for staging scenarios that maximize awkwardness, Laurel Nakadate might be thought of as a contemporary artist who...

April 5, 2016: Sarah Piazza

Irreverent Calypsos in Derek Walcott’s The Joker of Seville In his 1972 cultural manifesto The Trinidad Carnival:  Mandate for a National Theatre, playwright, actor, and theater historian...

March 29, 2016: Anne Erbe

Playing in the Ruins: En Garde Arts and the Millennial American City In the last decade of the 20th century—as American culture careened between...

March 8, 2016: Brian Herrera

Bad Auditions: Reality TV’s Spectacular Precarity The scenario of the “bad audition” has long been essential to many a showbiz story, providing a thrilling...

March 1, 2016: Eleanor Skimin

The Artist is Sitting—Marina Abramovic’s sedentary performance works and the ghosts of bourgeois domestic drama This presentation is part of a larger project that...

February 23, 2016: Matthew Ferrari

Replay Culture: The Mediated Afterlives of Combat Sports This paper considers one aspect of the afterlives of action media –the re-play, re-mediation and re-narration...

February 16, 2016: DINA ROGINSKY

Performance in Israel: Ideology and Sociology Immediately following the announcement of the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine in November 1947, which laid the...

February 9, 2016: T.L. Cowan

Transmedial Drag: Cabaret Methods, Digital Platforms and Technologies of Fabulous For over a century, cabaret—or the often satirical, adult-oriented variety show— has been of...

February 2, 2016: Miriam Felton-Dansky

Towards an Audience Vocabulary: General Idea’s Viral Performance Decades before YouTube, Twitter, and Vine, decades before the Internet inaugurated the phenomenon of fleeting, digitally-enabled...

December 8, 2015: VK Preston

Baroque Relations: Performance and Extractivism in Circum-Atlantic Worlds, 1626 “Baroque Relations” investigates precious metals associated with Andean mining in the archives of early modern...

December 1, 2015: Jacob Gallagher-Ross

Mediating the Method: Lee Strasberg, Marlon Brando, and the Sound of Authenticity  Method acting, the mid-twentieth century performance style developed at the Actors Studio...

November 17, 2015: Lilian Mengesha

A Different Kind of Cont(r)act: Building a Record of the Missing in Rebecca Belmore’s Vigil  This talk is concerned with the following question: how does...

November 10, 2015: Elizabeth Wiet

Jack Smith, Thomas Pynchon, and the Spectacularly Disappearing Self This talk explores two of the twentieth century avant-garde’s most unlikely bedfellows: performance artist Jack...

November 3, 2015: Christine Mok

On The Face of It: Nikki S Lee’s Layers Christine Mok’s work in theatre and performance studies, critical race theory, and American cultural history...
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October 27, 2015: Elise Morrison

Remote/CTRL: Theatrical Responses to Digital Warfare As martial investments in drones and other remote-controlled forms of surveillance and lethal weaponry increase each year, contemporary...

October 20, 2015: Maurya Wickstrom

Black Spartacus: Césaire, C.L.R.James, and the New Present  This talk is derived from a book project that advocates the re-thinking of time as a...

October 13, 2015: Christopher Grobe

Why It’s “Easier to Act with a Telephone than a Man” Among theater critics, then among their film counterparts, a strange consensus emerged in...

October 6, 2015: Kimberly Jannarone

French Revolutionary Festivals and the Invention of Tradition In 1793, the Committee of Public Safety dispatched functionaries into small villages in the French countryside...

September 29, 2015: Claire Pamment

Dancing at the Edges of Section 377: Hijraism and Colonial Legislation in Contemporary Pakistan Hijras, the South Asian community of transgender women, were subject to...

September 22, 2015: Rachel Anderson-Rabern

Fragments of Chekhov, Memories of Wolves In the early 20th century the last black wolves in Pennsylvania die out, in tandem with the premier...

September 15, 2015: Guillermo Calderón

National Memory on International Stages: The Reinterpretation of Site-Specificity in Guillermo Calderón’s Villa + Discurso. Alexandra Ripp in discussion with the artist. In 2011, Chilean playwright-director...

April 18th, 2015: “Farewell Performances” An IPSY Conference

This conference of Interdisciplinary Performance Studies at Yale will be held at the Whitney Humanities Center, rm 208.  The schedule is as follows. 10:30-12:00...

March 3, 2015: Arkadi Zaides

Please join us for this special session of the PSWG on Tuesday, March 3rd, from 12-1 pm. The dancer and choreographer Arkadi Zaides will...

December 2, 2014: Justin Sider

Parting Words: Valedictory Performance in Victorian Poetry Drawn from my dissertation project, this talk explores the relationship among leave-taking, self-presentation, and public address in...

November 18, 2014: William Fleming

Restaging the Forty-Seven Rōnin: Performance and Print in Late Eighteenth-Century Japan As two of the principal spheres of cultural production in early modern Japan,...

November 11, 2014: Kate Kokontis

Cultivating Critical and Humane “Young Intellectuals”: or, how some formal and conceptual mandates from performance studies have contributed to NOCCA’s Integrated Humanities curriculum  ...

November 4th, 2014: Lars Jan

HOLOSCENES: Spectacle, Climate Change, and Experimental Plumbing   HOLOSCENES created by Early Morning Opera conceived and directed by Lars Jan produced by Mapp International...

October 28, 2014: Patrick McKelvey

Ron Whyte’s Bureaucratic Drag In the 1970s, disabled artists, activists, and their allies repurposed the material culture, stock characters, and mise-en-scène of bureaucratic institutions...

October 21, 2014: Jason Fitzgerald

Presence as Technique: Joseph Chaikin and Authenticity This presentation will attempt to place Joseph Chaikin’s notion of “presence” in relation to forms of radical...

October 14, 2014: Caleb Smith

Race and Performance in the Prison Archives: ‘The Life and the Adventures of a Haunted Convict’ This presentation will introduce the working group to...

October 7th, 2014: Peter DiGennaro

Check Your Head:  Somatic, Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Techniques in Performance Art Education and Practice In an effort to inspire and strengthen innovative thinking, problem solving...

September 30, 2014: Wills Glasspiegel

Icy Lake, a short film and discussion with director and Yale Phd student Wills Glasspiegel Filmmaker Wills Glasspiegel shows his recent documentary short, Icy Lake,...

September 23, 2014: Ayesha Ramachandran

From Theatre to Atlas: Cartography as Performance  In the sixteenth century, collections of maps were frequently described as “theatres of the world”—the first world...

September 16, 2014: Rebecca Prichard

Carnevale by Rebecca Prichard – Race and Gender in Performance In her account of Black London in the eighteenth century Gretchen Gerzina writes “By the eighteenth century...

September 9, 2014: Nancy Rosenberger

Cultivating transgression: Young organic farmers in Japan  From the point of view of elder organic farmers in Japan, younger farmers are not supporting the...

September 2, 2014: Dana Milstein

Manga de dokuha as Visual Novel:  Ren’Py and Reading Marx through textual gameplay Japanese publisher East Press published a manga edition of Karl Marx’s multivolume Das...

April 15, 2014 — Isaiah Matthew Wooden

Black/Power/Nostalgia Reading Eisa Davis’s semi-autobiographical play, Angela’s Mixtape (2009), alongside Tanya Hamilton’s film, Night Catches Us (2010), this talk investigates the emergence and significance of what I term...

April 8, 2014 — Dominika Laster

Discussion of Back to Back Theatre’s Ganesh Versus the Third Reich  (from the Back to Back website) The story begins with the elephant-headed god Ganesh...

April 1, 2014 — Hans Vermy

The Lightest Distinction “The Lightest Distinction” looks beyond the invention of the photograph to the spread of the electric grid as a focal point...

March 25, 2014 — Tina Post

Expressionlessness and Affective Materiality (The Black Blackface Edition) Black minstrel performances are often dismissed as unfortunate occurrences in the history of African American self-representation—and...

March 4, 2014 — Joseph Roach

Dangerous Men and Smart Women:  The Persistent Eighteenth Century In a world of rake-hells, war-mongers, and the women who love them, a family tragedy...

February 25, 2014 — Elise Morrison

Through the Looking Glass: Performing Gender in Surveillance Art While surveillance technologies are commonly figured as masculine, protective instruments of patriarchal power, referred to...

February 18, 2014 — Elizabeth Wiet

Minor Maximalisms: Theater and the American Novel Since 1960 What would it mean to disentangle American experimental theater from historical narratives of twentieth-century music,...

February 11, 2014 — Alexandra Ripp

Re-localizing Globalized Theater: The Revisionary Performances of Post-Dictatorship Chile in Guillermo Calderón’s Neva, Diciembre, and Villa Over the last seven years, the productions of...

February 4, 2014 — Sarah Piazza

Music and Metafiction: Creative Reading in Le cahier de romances Creole and French lyrics to romantic ballads color Raphaël Confiant’s autobiographic portrait of boyhood...

January 28, 2014 — Joseph Cermatori

Re-reading The Case of Wagner, or the Stakes of Philosophy as Theatrical Performance In the field of theater studies, Friedrich Nietzsche’s late essay The...

January 21, 2014 — Alice Rebecca Moore

Admiral Nimitz Touches Time: The Dilemma of Tragic Alternatives in the History Pageant of Fredericksburg, Texas When Fleet Admiral Nimitz toured the country in 1945...

December 3 — Elinor Fuchs

Notes on EstrAGEment: Age, Theater, Theory Deconstructions of such fixed binaries as Male and Female, White and Black, and Straight and Gay, produced valuable...

November 19 — Lindsay Goss

Screening the ‘Emancipated Spectator’: The FTA’s Soldier-Spectator on Display In 1972, American International Pictures released FTA!, a documentary film following the 1971 tour of...

November 12– Kedar Kulkarni

Genre and the Space of Social Emotion in Nineteenth Century Indian Theater   Farces, comedies, melodrama—among other theatrical genres—all contributed to a multifaceted experience...

November 5 — La Marr Bruce

Interlude in Madtime: Madness, Black Music, and Metaphysical Syncopation Proceeding from a meditation on the music and lifeworlds of jazz pioneer Buddy Bolden (b....

October 29, 2013 — Amy Hughes

Embodying Atatürk: Public Performances of Nationalism in Modern Turkey Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Republic of Turkey, once declared, “There are two Mustafa...

October 22, 2013 — Patricia Hardwick

The Body Becoming: Transformative Performance in Malaysian Mak Yong Mak yong is a Malay dance drama found in southern Thailand, northern Malaysia, and the...
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October 15 — Emily Coates and Sarah Demers

Physics and Dance   Emily Coates is a dancer, writer, choreographer, lecturer, and director of the dance curriculum in Theater Studies at Yale, while...

October 1, 2013 — Daniel Sack

Staging the Genesis of a World: the Unknown Unknowns of Romeo Castellucci   Performance and theatre studies scholars have hailed the “liveness” of performance...

September 24, 2013 — Amanda Lahikainen

The Theatrical Promises of Imitation and Satirical Bank Notes: Visual Cultures of Paper Money in Britain, 1780-1850 Paper money – which had been circulating...

September 17, 2013 — Tanya Dean

Theatricalism at Play in Enda Walsh’s The Walworth Farce and The New Electric Ballroom In Saint Genet: Actor & Martyr, Jean-Paul Sartre observes that,...

September 10, 2013 — Mary Isbell

“Maintaining the Dignity of the Stage” at Sea: Nineteenth-Century Shipboard Theatricals On January 1, 1819, the ordinary sailor David C. Bunnell managed and took...

September 3, 2013 — Joseph Roach

Invisible Cities “Invisible Cities” tells a ghost story that also solves a mystery. The mystery is this:  born after the Second World War, I...

October 8, 2013 — Todd Madigan

Perfect Fools: Sanctity, Madness, and the Theory of Ambiguous Performance Cultural pragmatics views social interaction as the effort of actors to convey the meaning of...

April 16th – Performance Art at Yale, a session of the PSWG at the Yale School of Art

The PSWG’s penultimate session of the academic year will be hosted in the Yale School of Art and bring together scholars of performance with...

April 9 – Magda Romańska: Of Drammatology: Form and Content in Performative Exchange

 Of Drammatology: Form and Content in Performative Exchange In Of Grammatology, Derrida analyzes the relationship between speaking and writing, and the order of their appearance:...

March 26 – Willa Fitzgerald: Playing at Representation, Playing at War: An Examination of the Wooster Group and The Royal Shakespeare’s Company’s Triolus and Cressida

The clearest thesis I was able to draw from my work with The Wooster Group and The Royal Shakespeare Company on their joint production...

February 26 – Meeting with Director Mario Biagini and actors of the Open Program

Discussion of Electric Party Songs and the performance research of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards with Director Mario Biagini and actors...

February 19 – Kathy Foley: Tangible Intangibles: Heritage and Performance in Bordered Worlds

This paper looks at the impact of institutions such as the UNESCO “Intangible Cultural Heritage” designation on art forms, national rivalries evoked when forms are shared...

March 5 – Kee-Yoon Nahm: “This Solidity and Compound Mass:” Material Objects and Authenticity in The Wooster Group’s Hamlet

Since it was first presented in 2007, The Wooster Group’s Hamlet has motivated scholars to rethink conceptual binaries commonly employed in theater and performance studies such...

January 29 – Joey Plaster: Vanguard Revisited: Co-Performing Queer Histories in San Francisco’s Tenderloin

“Vanguard Revisited” was an imagined conversation between two groups of queer homeless youth activists based in San Francisco’s Tenderloin: one that in 1966 founded the seminal...

January 22 – Carolee Klimchock: Humor Hung Like a Horse: Coachmen and Coaches as Satirical Sites for Discussions of Class and Power in the Gilded Age

Humor “by its nature tends to seek out and reveal incongruities” and the site of the Gilded Age horse-drawn coach was one of drastic...

January 15 – Shaping Community: Poetics and Politics of the Eruv with Curator Margaret Olin

Shaping Community: Poetics and Politics of the Eruv Three exhibitions exploring a Jewish spatial practice curated by Margaret Olin in three parts at the ISM Gallery...
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November 13 – Discussion of David Adjmi’s Marie Antoinette (Yale Rep)

The young queen Marie Antoinette delights and inspires her French subjects with her three-foot tall wigs and extravagant haute couture. But times change and even...

November 6 – Drew Hannon – The San Francisco Diggers and Performance and Everyday Life

In their short time of existence the Diggers of San Francisco had a profound impact upon the their immediate surroundings in San Francisco and...

November 13 – Lynda Paul – Las Vegas and Virtual Tourism: Sonic Shaping of Simulated Worlds

In 1998, anthropologist Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett noted that, “Increasingly, travel to actual destinations to experience virtual places.” Over a decade has passed since Kirshenblatt-Gimblett...

October 9 – Joseph Clarke: Theater Acoustics and Immersive Aesthetics

In the early nineteenth century, German architects used a brief enthusiasm for technical research on theater acoustics as an occasion to consider the experiential...
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John Cooper – 18th September – Art / Performance / History

John Cooper, a phd candidate in the Art History department, co-convenor of the PSWG and Graduate Research Assistant at the Yale Center for British...

September 11 – Elise Morrison – Performing Citizen Arrest: Surveillance Art and the Passerby

Elise Morrison, the newest IPSY postdoctoral fellow, will present work from her current book project on ‘surveillance art’. The presentation will focus on several contemporary...

The Performance Studies Working Group (PSWG) is a group of graduate students, professional school students, professors, and post-docs who are interested in the interdisciplinary field of performance studies.  We meet for weekly lunches for scholarly and artistic presentations and to discuss current work in the field.

Our meetings for the Spring 2016 semester will begin on February 2nd. Please join us each Tuesday from 1-2 p.m. We will typically meet in room 001 in 220 York Street. Light refreshments will be provided.  All are welcome.

If you have work to share, event suggestions, or questions, please email: Elise Morrison (elise.morrison@yale.edu).

To subscribe to the PSWG email list, through which announcements of upcoming presentations and events are distributed, please click the link above.

Check out the Spring 2016 Schedule of Presentations. Hope to see you there!