Performance in Extraordinary Times: Documenting and Analyzing the Present

Performance and crisis have always been partners: entangled in epidemics, state violence and resistance, and austerity regimes, as well as the crisis ordinariness of settler colonialism and structural racism. This seminar examines performance in our extraordinary present using autoethnography, ethnography, and interviews. Course readings and viewings offer historical and contemporary case studies. Guests will discuss the paired challenges of antiracism and the COVID-19 pandemic for performance organizations. Students will collaborate on analyses of dance and performance organizations’ responses to COVID-19 and anti-racist imperatives.

Other Requirements:
Not open to first-year undergraduate students.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
No dance or performance experience necessary.




Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM


Judith Hamera