first annual seminar was a two-week event that featured daily workshops,
mini-seminars, mini-panels, performances and video screenings. A
mid-seminar interdisciplinary conference highlighted scholarly
work on related topics.
three day conference included presentations by scholars and graduate
students on topics such as: "performance, politics, and globalization;"
"performance and social space;" and "performance
Institute directors: Zeca Ligiéro, Diana Taylor, Javier Serna,
y Luiz Peirano (not shown)
workshops were offered each morning featuring Afro-Brazilian dance, Centro
de Teatro do Oprimido com Augusto Boal, Grupo Arte Callejero, and performance
workshops with Richard Schechner and the Peruvian theater group, Yuyachkani.
a selection of performances were presented in coherence with the themes
discussed throughout the seminar. Performers included
e Sifuentes (Mexterminator), Denise Stoklos (Vozes
Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani (Antigona), among many other Brazilian
and international artists.
screenings also provided a rich look at various American cultural phenomena.
Most screenings were of shorts and documentaries with a lecture provided
by noted Brazilian film scholar, Robert Stam (NYU).
and lectures were given during the two-week seminar. They were informal
presentations and discussions on topics related to performance and
Such topics included, "gender, sexuality and performance," "theater
and community," and "race and popular performance."
Director: Miguel Rubio Zapata
were opportunities for participants to informally discuss topics of
related interest that they were working on as scholars, artists, or
activists. Some seminar themes were, "performance and memory,"
"study of gay performance," "political theater"
and "new performance theories and practices."