Wednesday, March 22, from 2 to 5pm
Luis Sotelo Castro, Canada Research Chair in Oral History Performance, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre
Oral histories are used in a range of performance practices to engage audiences with aspects of social reality by means of aesthetic strategies. Due to its concerns with matters of memory and the public sphere, oral history performance often acts as both activist and memorial art. Yet, precisely because it combines art and memory to raise questions of socio-political relevance, it opens itself up to questions about authenticity, voice, authorship, and ethics. To touch on these questions, this hybrid workshop-seminar offers an introduction to oral history performance techniques through the lens of issues around four conceptual areas: a) audience engagement; b) the blurred line between the real and the imagined (fictional, created); c) activism; and d) the notion of ‘performance of memory’. It is hoped that by touching on these areas, a discussion about differences and similarities between oral history performance and non-artistic public history projects can be facilitated. A range of examples of oral history performance will be explored through these four areas and contrasted with some public history projects. Participants are expected to bring an idea of an oral history project (or one that they have already completed), which will be used in the second part of the workshop for them to draft a concept for an oral history performance project. This seminar workshop is for anyone who is interested in exploring ways of using performance strategies to engage audiences with oral history.
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LB-1019, 1400 de Maisonneuve West, Montreal, QC