The Institute for Performance

Radically Democratizing Access to Arts Learning

Feedback: The Institute for Performance is a collection of virtual arts courses created by and for the Triangle-area community. Applications for the next Feedback course will be available here in fall 2021.

“…to generate a kind of radical intimacy…an empathy, an empathetic stream, an empathic feedback loop.”

Okwui Okpokwasili
Carolina Performing Arts artist-in-residence

About Audience Advocates

Audience Advocates is a new online conversation forum for Triangle-area residents interested in contributing to the development of works by CPA artists, scheduled for upcoming CPA seasons. This spring, Audience Advocates participants will focus on pieces in progress by CPA collaborators Culture Mill and choreographer Faye Driscoll.

This small, virtual class will meet twice per week via zoom to interact with and discuss various parts of these artists’ works-in-progress, provide valuable feedback, and get a rare glimpse into the behind-the-scenes work of performing artists.

Audience Advocates dates:
5–6:30 PM
Faye Driscoll: March 16, 18, 23, 25
Culture Mill: March 30 and April 1, 6, 8, 13

About Faye Driscoll

Faye Driscoll is a Bessie Award-winning performance maker who has been hailed as a “startlingly original talent” (New York Times) and “a postmillenium postmodern wild woman” (The Village Voice). She previously co-hosted Feedback’s Liveness and Arts Economies courses at Carolina Performing Arts.

Learn more About Faye

Faye’s work has been presented nationally at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Walker Art Center, The Institute for Contemporary Art/Boston, MCA/Chicago and BAM/Brooklyn Academy of Music, to name a few.

For her newest work, Faye is building practices around the politics of touch. Who or what do we allow to touch us now? Lovers, parents, friends, grocery store clerks, data miners, surveillance systems, facial recognition software? How are we altered? Where is our body, and how far does it extend? In an exploration that conjures the adage that “you cannot touch without being touched,” she examines two prolific human choreographies: the act of battle and the act of sex. Touch—our need for it, and our fear of it—come into conflict, as new modes of engagement complicate our concepts of consent.

About Culture Mill

Culture Mill is a Performing Arts Laboratory based in Saxapahaw, North Carolina, and co-directed by Tommy Noonan and Murielle Elizéon. Culture Mill fosters a creative ecosystem through the cross-pollination of artist residencies, educational outreach and groundbreaking immersive artworks from local, national and international artists.

Learn more About culture mill

This workshop series lays the groundwork for Culture Mill’s new project: Eclipse. Eclipse is an embodied practice of assembly, which draws upon Movement, Performance and Restorative Justice practices to negotiate distributive power amongst a diverse community of individuals. This series will first ask participants to practice elements of the work through their bodies as a framework for later dramaturgical and conceptual discussions around Eclipse and its social and artistic implications. The series will be co-facilitated by dancers and performers Murielle Elizéon and Tommy Noonan along with performance poet and facilitator CJ Suitt and Restorative Justice specialist Val Hanson.

About Feedback

Inspired by CPA/Mellon Foundation Creative Futures artist Okwui Okpokwasili, who has said that her work aims “to generate a kind of radical intimacy…an empathy, an empathetic stream, an empathic feedback loop,” Feedback: The Institute for Performance underscores the necessity of feedback. Led by renowned CPA artist collaborators and guests, participants in Feedback courses will explore concepts related to feedback and its importance to performance, no matter the form.

Past Courses

Hosted by Bessie award-winning choreographer Faye Driscoll and CPA’s Associate Director of Engagement Amanda Graham, these two short courses of virtual reading-discussion groups were led by UNC faculty in collaboration with CPA artists.


What is “liveness”?

When we go to the theater, we generally expect the performance to be “live”—either played out in real time or offering a shared experience in a physical space. But what does it mean to be “live” in our current moment, when most theaters are closed?

Read more about Liveness

Especially now, as theaters go dark and our streets light up with protest, it is essential for us—artists, arts goers, performing arts institutions, and our communities—to gather and discuss the role of performance in society and how it can move us in new directions.

Throughout this short course, we will explore how time and space shapes our understanding of live theater and art performances, how performance evokes the past through presence, and how being live together is an act of resilience in these challenging times. Sessions will be led by UNC faculty in collaboration with CPA artists and staff. Our readings will include texts by performance scholars, cultural thinkers, and recent magazine and newspaper articles. 

dates and times

Tuesday, October 6, 5 – 6:15 PM
Thursday, October 8, 5 – 6:15 PM
Tuesday, October 13, 5 – 6:15 PM
Thursday, October 15, 5 – 6:15 PM
Tuesday, October 20, 5 – 6:15 PM
Thursday, October 22, 5 – 6:15 PM

Arts Economies

Artists are not okay right now. Due to the pandemic and economic recession, many artists are unemployed or underemployed. Meanwhile, institutions that support artistic practice are trying to find new ways to exhibit, commission, and present. However, creative problem solving at the institutional level is not solvent without cultural policy to back it up.

Read more about arts economies

This short course will investigate the interdependencies of artistic practice and arts infrastructures now, and from a historical perspective. Sessions will be led by UNC faculty arts experts in collaboration with CPA artists and staff. Our readings will include texts by performance scholars, cultural thinkers, and recent magazine and newspaper articles.

Arts Economies dates and times

Thursday, October 29, 5 – 6:15 PM
Thursday, November 5, 5 – 6:15 PM
Tuesday, November 10, 5 – 6:15 PM
Thursday, November 12, 5 – 6:15 PM
Tuesday, November 17, 5 – 6:15 PM
Thursday, November 19, 5 – 6:15 PM

*There will be no class on Tuesday, November 3 (Election Day).

past feedback Instructors

UNC faculty instructors include:
Andrea Bohlman (Music)
Mark Katz (Music)  
Cary Levine (Art & Art History) 
Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay (Art & Art History)
Tony Perucci (Communication) 
Michelle Robinson (American Studies) 
Tanya Shields (Women’s and Gender Studies, Carolina Seminars) 
Sarah Wilbur (Dance Studies, guest from Duke) 

The courses will be co-taught by the following internationally renowned artists: 
Faye Driscoll 
Brendan Fernandes 
Sunder Ganglani 
Culture Mill 
Shara Nova 
Okwui Okpokwasili  
Annie-B Parson 

Feedback is the result of a collaboration across Carolina Performing Arts’ departments, led by creator and curator Amanda Graham and co-curator Lauren DiGiulio.

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