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Thursday, July 16 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Object Performance in Plays by African American Women

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Western-style theatrical presentations with stages separate from audiences did not exist in traditional African society. Drama was intrinsic to community building and/or religious rituals that encompassed song, dance, and object performance. The material culture of this type of performance did not survive slavery in the United States, but the storytelling performance context in which it had originally functioned preserved other modes of figurative representation. This session traces the lineage of African American women playwrights who have sought to reintegrate object performance into theatrical productions, specifically examining works by Rita Bonner, Zora Neale Hurston, Ntozake Shange, Pearl Cleage, and Alva Rogers.

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Alva Rogers

Playwright, alvasworld
Playwright Alva Rogers’ writing uses magic realism to explore themes of American identity. She was a co-founder of the performance collective/theater troupe Rodeo Caldonia. Her work with Rodeo Caldonia was included in the 2017 Brooklyn Museum exhibition We Wanted a Revolution... Read More →
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Paulette Richards

Independent Researcher, Ayamedia
Atlanta-based teaching artist and independent researcher, Paulette Richards survived a ten month stint in Senegal as a 2013/ 2014 Fulbright Scholar without contracting any tropical diseases, but sometime during her service as an artist in residence at the Institut français de Saint... Read More →

Thursday July 16, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT