African scholars Felwine Sarr and Dorcy Rugamba seek to answer this question with the musical theatre performance Freedom, I’ll have lived your dream until the very last day.
Is Shadow Puppetry a Dying Art Form?
There are tensions between those who wish to preserve the nature of shadow play and those who want to see it evolve.
Hope and Agony According to Felwine Sarr
Traces — Speech to African Nations is a spoken word piece with music written by the acclaimed Senegalese scholar and performed by the Burkinabé actor Étienne Minoungou.
A Crash Course in Method Acting
Hyperallergic talks to historian Isaac Butler and curator Livia Bloom Ingram about how performance technique evolves and what is and isn’t method acting.
The Jackass Series Deserves Serious Recognition as Documentary Art
The infamously crude TV and film franchise continues a tradition of cinematic physical comedy going back to the Silent Era.
Guggenheim Bilbao’s Cleaning Staff Stages Protest-Performance Over Dismal Wages
This weekend, artist Lorenzo Bussi collaborated with cleaning workers to protest poor working conditions and low pay at the glitzy contemporary art museum.
Betsy Damon’s Pioneering Ecofeminist Practice
Curated by Monika Fabijanska, Betsy Damon — Passages: Rites and Rituals pulls Damon’s performance practice out from oblivion.
Did Judy Chicago Just Troll Us?
Nowhere in the museums’ advertising blitzkrieg for the performance were we told to bring our wildfire-season masks as well as our covid masks, and covid masks don’t prevent smoke inhalation.
Coco Fusco Enlists Cuban Artists to Recite Heberto Padilla’s Forced Confessions
Fifty years ago, poet Heberto Padilla was forced to publicly denounce himself and his friends as counterrevolutionaries.
Nikita Gale Makes the Labor of Tina Turner’s Performances Visible
Gale considers the work occurring behind the scenes and how technologies structure our experience of live performances.
Hanif Abdurraqib on Black Performance and the Joy of Writing his New Book
The poet talks to Hyperallergic about A Little Devil in America and the process behind his new music podcast, Object of Sound.
“I Call It Blaxidermy”: Pamela Council on Their Art and Aesthetic
“As a Black woman artist, I get asked about the political meaning of my work, but I don’t often get asked why it looks the way it does.”