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 Valediction, Self, and Society

Julia Fawcett, Ryerson University
“Save the Last Dance: Performance as History in Restoration London”

Justin Sider, Yale University
“The Consummated Spell: A.C. Swinburne’s Farewell Address”

Elizabeth Wiet, Yale University
“Ron Vawter/Jack Smith: Queer Goodbyes and the New York Avant-Garde”

Andrew Brown, Yale University (Respondent)


12:00-1:30 Lunch


1:30-3:00 Memorials and Traumas of Nationhood

Michelle Martin-Baron, Hobart and William Smith College

“Farewell Performances and Futuristic Hauntings”

Jessica Rizzo, Yale University
“Trauma as Performance: Lola Arias’s El Año en Que Nací”

Carrie J. Preston, Boston University
“Undead Plays: Yeats’s Irish National Theater and Japanese Noh Drama”

Joey Plaster, Yale University (Respondent)


3:15-4:45 Resisting Farewell

Dominika Laster, Yale University
“Agency for Hiring the Dearly Departed”: Surrogation in Tadeusz Kantor’s Theatre of Death”

Paige McGinley, Washington University in St. Louis
“(Don’t) Take a Bow: On Curtain Calls and Concluding Songs”

Elise Morrison, Yale University
“Now You See Me, Now You Don’t: Practices of Re-Membering through Digital Surveillance”

Tina Post, Yale University (Respondent)


5:00 Closing Remarks
Joseph Roach, Yale University

Panel Discussion: Friday, September 12th


Interdisciplinary Context of “Slow Dancing”

Friday, September 12, 2014 – 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: Yale University Art Gallery Auditorium 
1111 Chapel St. New Haven, CT 06510

Panel discussion with the artist David Michalek and Yale faculty, offering points of view from a wide range of disciplines.

  • Margaret S. Clark, Professor of Psychology and Master of Trumbull College
  • Emily Carson Coates, Lecturer in Theatre Studies
  • Richard O. Prum, William Robertson Coe Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology; Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, Peabody Museum; Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies
  • Laura Wexler, Professor of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and American Studies

 Admission: Free

Open to:  General Public

Contact: Institute of Sacred Music  203-432-5062

Exhibition | David Michalek: Slow Dancing

Slow Dancing at Lincoln Center, 2007
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 – 8:00pm to Tuesday, September 16, 2014 – 11:00pm
Hours of operation: 8:00-11:00 PM
Location: Cross Campus (outdoors)YALE CAMPUS

Slow Dancing video here.

Presented with support from the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Additional support from the International
Festival of Arts & Ideas and Site Projects New Haven.



March 7, 2014 — Performance and the Sea

An IPSY Symposium featuring

Stuart M. Frank, Senior Curator Emeritus, New Bedford Whaling Museum; Director, Scrimshaw Forensics® Laboratory; Director Emeritus, Kendall Whaling Museum

Anita Gonzalez, Professor of Theatre and Drama, University of Michigan

Eleanor Hughes, Associate Director of Exhibitions and Publications, and Associate Curator, Yale Center for British Art

Mary Isbell, Postdoctoral Associate in Interdisciplinary Performance Studies at Yale

Jason Mancini, Senior Researcher, Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

Jason Shaffer, Associate Professor of English, United States Naval Academy

Friday, March 7, 2014
continental breakfast and light lunch provided
Whitney Humanities Center, Room 208

8:30: Continental Breakfast
9:00 Joseph Roach, Opening Remarks
9:30 Jason Shaffer: “Theatre of War, 1812”
9:45 Mary Isbell: “Crossing the Line: Compulsory and Voluntary Shipboard Performance”
10:00 Eleanor Hughes: “Spreading Canvas: Marine Painting and Theater”
10:15 Q&A
11:00 Stuart Frank: “Jolly Sailors Bold: Ballads and Songs of the American Sailor”
11:15 Anita Gonzalez: “Black Stewards, Sea Acts, and Vernacular Port Performance”
11:30 Jason Mancini: “Artifacts of Performance from the Indian Mariners Project”
11:45 Q&A
12:30 Lunch

October 9, 2013 – Richard Prum “Bird Song and Aesthetics”

Yale’s* Sound Studies Colloquium* continues this semester on the second Wednesday of each month. Please join us next *Wednesday, October 9*, as we feature *Richard Prum*, William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology
and Head Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at the Peabody Museum of Natural History. We meet in the Whitney Humanities Center, room B04 at 4:30pm. Prof. Prum will present the following talk:

*Bird Song and Aesthetics*
Bird songs form a diverse component of the sound-scape of most biological communities on the planet, and humans greatly admire this diversity. However, this diversity of song has evolved largely because bird songs are attractive to the birds themselves. Darwin originally proposed an aesthetic theory?sexual selection by mate choice?to explain the evolution of bird song and other ornamental traits. Darwin’s aesthetic view has been abandoned in favor of an adaptive model in which all ornaments are indicators of mate quality. In my research, I have described previously unknown bird songs, investigated the anatomy of the unique vocal organ of birds?the syrinx?and studied the physical mechanisms and evolution of non-vocal “feather songs.” In the talk, I will present diverse examples of bird songs and discuss avian acoustic culture through song learning. Lastly, I will introduce an aesthetic philosophy that attempts to unify the study of aesthetics across human and animals (from Mockingbirds to Mozart,
Warblers to Warhol, and Dunnocks to Duchamp). The goal is a non-reductive, ‘post-human’ analytical framework for aesthetics that will expand our understanding of what makes human aesthetic phenomema so extraordinary.

Prof. Prum offers an article as optional background for next Wednesday’s talk. Please contact joseph.clarke at yale.edu or lynda.paul at yale.edu for a copy of the article


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October 3-5, 2013 – The Most Beautiful Thing in the World at Yale Cabaret

The Most Beautiful Thing in the World

Conceived and directed by Gabe Levey
October 3-5

One of the world’s most renowned motivational speakers is coming to the Yale Cabaret for three nights only. Come and discover the power of the YOUniverse! Part self-help seminar, part clown show, The Most Beautiful Thing in the World will open your mind, explode your heart, and change your life in 60 minutes, tops.

See http://yalecabaret.org/ for more information

October 2, 2013 – Kedar Kulkarni on Marathi Drama

When: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 4:30 PM
Luce Hall (LUCE), Room 203
34 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven, CT 06511
Speaker/Performer: Kedar Kulkarni, Yale University

Description: In this talk, I examine the periodization of Marathi drama, and reevaluate the way we talk about performance in colonial Bombay. As an ephemeral genre, theatre cannot be analyzed simply from existent archival materials and read as a literary or historical text, but needs to be understood against the grain of the archive. The archive’s overwhelming focus on the disreputable aspects of the theatre needs to be deconstructed for two primary reasons: it betrays its class and caste affiliations, but more importantly, it devalues performance as a meaning-making process in society, in favor of literary or historiographic meaning making. Instead, I speak about the broad popular appeal of Marathi itinerant theatre, and the ways in which performance ushered in an era of mass and “secular” culture.

September 30, 2013 – Noh Master Class and Performance Demonstration with Izumi Ashizawa



MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th, 4:00-5:30 PM

Underbrook Theater, Saybrook College, 242 Elm Street


Izumi Ashizawa is the artistic director of Izumi Ashizawa Performance.  She teaches at the State University of New York Stony Brook and is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

September 26-28, 2013 – Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman at Yale Cabaret

Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman (1964)
New York City in the height of the summer: A black man meets a white woman on the subway as it careens through the bowels of the city. They decide to go to a party together, but never make it there. Born out of the Black Arts Movement, Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman is a brutal discussion of race, sex, and personal accountability.

Thursday, Sept 26 at 8PM
Friday, Sept 27 at 8PM and 11PM
Saturday, Sept 28 at 8PM and 11PM

The cast of Dutchman will host talk-backs immediately following the Thursday 8PM and Friday 8PM performances. Students are encouraged to attend.

There Are Still So Many Things Left to Say (1997) a film by Omar Amiralay

Thursday, March 28, 2013   |  8 PM

Linsly-Chittenden Hall  |  Room 101  |  Open to the public

There Are Still So Many Things Left to Say



The film was based on an interview with the late dramatist Saadallah Wannous a few months before he died of cancer. Wannous narrates his somber and relentless reflections – an adieu to a generation for whom the Arab-Israeli conflict has been the source of all disillusion. The playwright recounts, with some regret for the lost opportunities that resulted, how the Palestinian struggle became a central part of intellectual life for an entire generation.

Followed by a discussion with Mohammad Al Attar, Dalia Basiouny, and Eyad Houssami with Ronald Gregg.