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Listening to while walking with: a performative intervention in someone’s everyday life


Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 12:00 to 14:00
Luis C. Sotelo Castro

This workshop commemorates the International Day of Listening. Listening is a key communications skill and yet, rarely there are activities focused on facilitating learning on how to be a better listener. In this workshop, Luis C. Sotelo Castro draws on elements from performance art to engage participants in a social interaction in which they will be walking in silence with someone else while listening to what they are willing to share with them. The aim is to explore this technique as a methodology for learning about someone else’s life and, potentially intervening positively in her everyday life. It challenges a key practice within oral history: the practice of asking questions. The intervention, more specifically, consists of offering the other person a safe space to be listened to while walking about their everyday life. A reflection on the experience and a discussion of its potential and limits as an oral history performance methodology will follow.

Luis C. Sotelo Castro is Canada Research Chair in Oral History Performance and Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at Concordia University. He is a dual national Colombian/British artist-researcher whose practice is performance-based. He creates live environments of memory in collaboration with other artists and participants from specific communities and locations. He also explores how participatory oral history performance might facilitate listening.

LB-1019, 1400 de Maisonneuve West, Montreal, QC

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