02/24/15: Labyrinth of Things

March 5, 2015. Lecture by Diana Taylor, University Professor, Performance Studies and Spanish, and Founding Director, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, New York University

Introduction by Martin Puchner, Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature and Chair of the Committee on Dramatics, Harvard University

Diana Taylor, a scholar of Latin American and US theater and performance, will speak about the power of a specific play, Bom Retiro 958 metros, to convey broad societal meanings about the accumulation and transformation of things. The play leads us on a walk through São Paulo’s phantasmagoric world of objects. Through the piece, we understand that it’s actually hard to get rid of things. When we look around us—at everything from teeming cities full of people to all the discards that refuse to disappear from city dumps—we recognize that things do not, in fact, "disappear"—but rather, they exist in a constant state of transformation and againness. 

This event is free and open to the public. 


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01/22/15: here are the classroom assignments for spring Dramatic Arts courses (also see the Courses page for more details)

DA 105: Loeb Drama Center, Room C
DA 110: Farkas Hall, 203
DA 111: Loeb Drama Center, Room C
DA 117: Farkas Hall, 203
DA 130r: Oberon Theater, 2 Arrow Street
DA 131: Loeb Drama Center, Dance Studio
DA 136: 29 Garden Street B01
DA 173x: Farkas Hall, 203
DA 175x: Barker Center 211; first-meeting 1/28: Sever 103

12/19/14: a new course for spring 2015 has been added: Dramatic Arts 175x. Sport as Performance.  See the Courses page for more information.

10/24/14: Dramatic Arts 174x has been updated; it is bracketed, and is expected to be offered in 2015-16.

10/17/14: the Call for Course Proposals for 2015-16 has been posted on the Jobs page.  Deadline 12/15/14.

08/25/14: Dramatic Arts 171x has been updated with a new title ("Participatory Theater") and a new description; please see the Courses page for more details.