The Institute for Performance
Radically Democratizing Access to Arts Learning
Feedback: the Institute for Performance is a collection of free online classes focused on arts experiences. Applications for fall 2020 are now closed. We’ll be releasing both Liveness and Arts Economies courses as a digital bundle on our website in December 2020.
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,” these courses underscore the necessity of feedback. Led by UNC faculty and renowned CPA artists participants in either course will will explore concepts related to feedback and its importance to performance, no matter the form.
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 will be led by UNC faculty in collaboration with CPA artists. Course one will explore the topic of Liveness and course two will focus on Arts Economies.
All course texts and materials will be provided to class participants for free and will range in genres and authors, including performance scholars, cultural thinkers, and recent magazine and newspaper articles. Courses are open to all Triangle-area adults who are not currently enrolled in university courses, but are limited to 15 participants each. They will each meet six times across three weeks in October and November.
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.
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:
Course One: Liveness
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?
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.
Liveness 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
Course Two: 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.
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).
Feedback is the result of a collaboration across Carolina Performing Arts’ departments, led by creator and curator Amanda Graham and co-curator Lauren DiGiulio.