Kimberly Jannarone // March 23, Noon-1pm EST

Physical Culture and the Nationalist Socialization of the Body

Dr. Jannarone will be presenting work in progress from her book Mass Performance: Systems and Citizens, a book that investigates the way the power of synchronized mass movement has been recognized and regularized by ruling powers in the era of nationalization.  This excerpt focuses on the path from German physical culture clubs in the immediate aftermath of World War II to the system of rallies, gestures, and unison calls-and-response so well known from the rallies of the NSDAP in the 1930s.  Taking a close look at the physiological bonding generated by thousands of bodies moving together in synchrony, the work elucidates how the harnessing of visceral and kinesthetic energies was integral to modern mass politics, and how performance studies might help us understand a little piece of the unthinkable.


Kimberly Jannarone is Professor in the Practice of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at the Yale School of Drama and Affiliate Faculty with the Theater and Performance Studies program.  She spent 2017-18 at the National Humanities Center working on her book, Mass Performance: Systems and Citizens (forthcoming, University of Michigan Press).  From 2001-19, she was Professor of Theater Arts at UC Santa Cruz.  Her books include Artaud and His Doubles (Honorable Mention, Joe Callaway Prize for best book in drama) and Vanguard Performance Beyond Left and Right.  She directs experimental performance and has co-translated, with Erik Butler, several contemporary French plays.


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 or lynda.paul at 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 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.

PSWG – Fall 2013 Program

*Unless otherwise specified, all meetings will be held from 1-2 p.m in  Rm 208 of the Whitney Humanities Center.

September 3  – Joseph Roach: Invisible Cities

September 10 – Mary Isbell:   “Maintaining the Dignity of the Stage” at Sea: Nineteenth-Century Shipboard Theatricals

September 17 –  Tanya Dean: Theatricalism at Play in Enda Walsh’s The Walworth Farce and The New Electric Ballroom

September 24 – Amanda Lahikainen: The Theatrical Promises of Imitation and Satirical Bank Notes: Visual Cultures of Paper Money in Britain, 1780-1850

October 1 – Daniel Sack: Staging the Genesis of a World: the Unknown Unknowns of Romeo Castellucci

October 8 – Todd Madigan: Perfect Fools: Sanctity, Madness, and the Theory of Ambiguous Performance

October 15 – Emily Coates and Sarah Demers

October 22 – Patricia Hardwick

October 29 – Amy Hughes

November 5 – La Marr Bruce

November 12- Kedar Kulkarni

November 19 – Lindsay Goss

December 3 – Elinor Fuchs