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2016 ASTR-TLA Annual Conference

Special Performances

Jump to: Thursday, November 3 | Friday, November 4 | Saturday, November 5 | Sunday, November 6

Thursday, November 3, 2016

TRANSFORMance – performance and video program

Breathing and Moving: A Gestural Orchestra Dissolving into the time-space context of ASTR 2016, this 72-hour relational project curates situations for participants to breathe and move, collaboratively and individually. Structured in three cycles, the piece subtly activates a multiplicity of individual experiences to collectively create a complex score for movement, breath, sound, and gesture.

Artists: SALYER + SCHAAG, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Location: Duration of Conference, across venue—instruction cards available at registration desk.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Tracing Nan: A Trans-Generational Map Home Over the course of two days, the artist will map her Biskaabiyang, returning home to Algonquin Territory along the Ottawa River by returning to herself across generations of First Nations grandmothers and settler logging, fur-trading grandfathers, an alcoholic but loving mother, and a Nan. Location: Ongoing Fri-Sat, various locations across venue

Artist: Jenn Cole, University of Toronto

10:00 pm

Bear - a human becoming a bear, a bear becoming a human. What happens when the two meet mid-transition? Set in a future of post-climate collapse, the darkly humorous BEAR world is being built from scrap material and run on wind/hand-crank/solar power. The desperate, magical thinking provides audiences a way to see themselves in urgent new light.

Artist: Deke Weaver, associate professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, School of Art & Design and the Department of Theater

Location Bryant Lake Bowl Theatre (note: off site venue)
810 W. Lake Street, Minneapolis
Full bar and menu service available throughout the performance.
See more here
Tickets:$10/$6 in advance or with ASTR Conference Badge
Theater Phone: (612) 825-8949

Saturday, November 5, 2016

6:30 am - 11:30 pm, various locations across venue

Footnote The temporality of the footnote is determined by its value to the reader, a reader who has already taken time to glance down based on how they valued the sentence before the footnote appeared. Footnote works with forgetting, skimming, and being completely visible while “left out in the cold,” concocting a temporal potion for amnesia.

Artist: Raegan Truax, Stanford University

TRANSformance Dialogues

5:30 - 6:15 pm

Clay/ Fire/ Sweat: Cassils on transformation: Cassils (via Skype) in conversation with Branislav Jakovljevic, Stanford University

Cassils performs trans not as a crossing from one sex to another, but as a continual becoming that works in a space of indeterminacy, spasm and slipperiness. It is with sweat, blood and sinew that they construct a visual critique and discourse around physical and gender ideologies and histories. They will discuss their works Becoming an Image, Powers That Be, 103 Shots, and Inextinguishable Fire.

6:15 - 7:00 pm

empowered vulnerability: Kris Grey / Justin Credible in conversation with Leslie Hill, Stanford University

Kris Grey is a Brooklyn-based gender queer artist whose work exists at the intersection of communication, activism, community building, storytelling, lecture, and studio production. Grey's generous and often humorous works point at the permeability of binary gender constructions, inviting audiences to explore intimate gestures. They will discuss their work and process including Homage, Body Dialectic, and (Sub)merge.

TRANSFORMance Festival – Performance and Video Program

Film and Video Program

8:30 - 8:54 pm

Invisible Machines explores the transcription process undertaken by stenographers who caption for deaf and hard‐of‐hearing students in the classroom. The film is an exploration of how the historic invisibility of women’s work intersects with the imaginary of technological neutrality, the dream of a perfect transcription that is always just out of reach.

Artist: Yelena Gluzman, UC San Diego

9:00 - 9:15 pm

Stand Back (2011) inspired by musician Stevie Nicks and a larger-than-life-Jesus-sculpture Ellsworth remembers from her childhood. In constant motion on a stair-stepper, Ellsworth shifts her weight in an alternating pattern of contrapposto poses exploring monumental and weightless aspects of being. Originally performed at the Phoenix Art Museum in 2010.

Kicking up Dust (2014) re-imagines a group of polygamist women as separatist lesbians exploring the mystical space between land, loving, and line dancing. Drawing parallels between the homosocial communities in the US established by her ancestors and contemporary discourse around non-heteronormative relationships, she continues her efforts of putting the queer in pioneer.

Artist: Angela Ellsworth, Arizona State University

9:30 - 10:15 pm

JUST LIKE A WOMAN short film compilation, courtesy of Live Art Development Agency with films by Oreet Ashery, George Chakravarthi, Pauline Cummins & Frances Mezetti (, Kris Grey / Justin Credible, Lucy Hutson, Quasim Shaheen, and Paul Soileau / CHRISTEENE.

Curator: Live Art Development Agency

10:30 - 10:45 pm

How about gender thresholds? Features what Brazilian performers perceived as thresholds to becoming a woman, with an emphasis on violence, rather than erotic associations, as they engaged in the work-in-progress “How do women become women?” Attendees will be invited to share their own narratives after the screening.

Artist: Margie Rauen, Midwestern State University (UNICENTRO), Guarapuava, Brazil

11:00 - 11:30 pm

The Lady from the Sea Adapted from Henrik Ibsen’s play The Lady from the Sea and performed by Hangzou Yue Opera Troupe, Zhengjiang Province, China, this play is a transnational and trans-cultural work. All the roles are played by women, in contrast with the traditional conventions of Peking Opera, in which all roles are played by men.

Artist: Chen Maoqing Yue, Confucius Institute, University of Oregon / East China Normal University


9:30 - 9:15 pm

Good Life Pharmacomm Merger Celebration and Product Launch! “Mindlink” is a brain implant that allows its user to surf the web, download drugs, and more. While extolling and demonstrating the virtues of Mindlink, the corporate representatives’ brains are hacked by anti-corporate activists who urge the audience to rebel and escape.

Artists: Sheila Regan, Independent Artist and Macelle Mahala, University of the Pacific

9:30 - 10:15 pm

YoungGiftedandFAT chronicles Sharrell’s “100 lbs. lost” transweight experience from a morbidly obese African American female into the world of thin privilege. Her piece and mediated embodied avatar signals possibilities of temporal fluidities in studies dealing with the flesh, the female, the fat, and black sexuality.

Artist: Sharrell D. Luckett, Muhlenberg College

10:30 - 11:30 pm

An Untitled Project Involving Bodies, Dirt and Space utilizes verbal and nonverbal utterances (summoning echoes of ancestors and descendants) and embodied explorations in a gripping interrogation of the politics of silence, space, commodification of flesh, forced migration, and intergalactic flight.

Artists: Lisa Quoresimo, UC Davis and Margaret Laurena Kemp, UC Davis


8:30 - 9:15 pm

Lying for a Living questions the transformative power of performance and notions of “truth.” In 1943 Manhattan the acting teacher Stella Adler takes the young Marlon Brando under her wing. Acting, however, was not Brando’s only strong point. Stella would have her protégé and Brando would never be the same.

Artist: Douglas S. Kern, University of Maryland, College Park

9:30 - 10:00 pm

A Thing Held in Full View reimagines a series of Texas State congressional hearings on Planned Parenthood using transcripts, various news articles, interviews, paper plate facemasks, headless baby dolls, and a portable karaoke machine. The performance lingers on how shame, shaming, empathy, and apathy affect the artist’s transitional role from “low-income mother” to “professorial mother.”

Artist: Michelle Cowin Gibbs, Bowling Green State University

10:00 - 10:30 pm

Transparency is a solo performance exploring truth, lies, and birthday balloons. The work engages with shame affect investigating how cultural rituals and expectations impact and define autobiographical performance of mourning narratives. This is a celebration of the gap between experience and expression – a very British pastime.

Artist: Louie Jenkins, University of Chichester

10:40 - 11:30 pm

The Hillary Game examines drone warfare to sketch out a transitional space between human-being and machine-being. The play opens as a young woman and an older man improv scenarios in which she is encouraged to overcome a debilitating block preventing her from a full embrace of her role as a drone operator.

Artist: Guy Zimmerman, Cal Poly Pomona


8:30 - 8:50 pm

Gestures in the Shadows: A Performance Translation of The Witch of En-dor Kaplan recites the story from the Book of Samuel in the Old Testament in modern English and biblical Hebrew while simultaneously interpreting the story with Modern Dance vocabulary. The juxtaposition of idioms across language and time reflects the competing traditions and forces at work in the story, and queries approaches to translation.

Artist: Jeff Kaplan, University of Maryland, College Park

9:00 - 9:20 pm

“Sympathy for Exú” examines oral storytelling across disparate cultures through narrations by Exú, the cultural archetype from Afro-Brazilian mythology, who has been syncretized with the Catholic devil and is known as a liar and a scoundrel, and “Jack Colby, Cowboy Anthropologist” who acknowledges the transgressions involved in recounting another’s narrative tale.

Artist: Laurelann Porter, Benedictine University

9:30 - 9:50 pm

Resabios de Amargura or that bitter cabaret explores the contradictions and challenges of being a TRANSculturated subject, and the particularities of being both an insider and outsider to US culture. This campy mixture of song, comedy, and social critique follows Lola Amapola, a Puerto Rican wannabe diva who loves her tropical island, but feels attracted to “the outside,” “afuera.”

Artist: Eliza Torres Narváez, Augsburg College

10:00 - 10:30 pm

A body of her own Inspired by her practice-based research on gender norms in relation to the public and private spaces of Tehran, Iran, Saba Zabarei reads and performs intimate women’s stories from a country where women's bodies are under heavy surveillance and scrutiny, by both the state and the patriarchal society.

Artist: Saba Zavarei, Goldsmiths, University of London

10:40 - 11:00 pm

Transcending the Vagina What do we lose when we lose the vagina? Does The _________ Monologues create a more expansive space for discussions of gender identity and oppression, or dilute the shows’ political impact and feminist discourse? A performance of the monologue “Childfree By Choice” is followed by a discussion.

Artist: Monica Cortés Viharo, University of Washington

One-to-One Performance

8:30 - 11:30 pm

How I Became a Thinking Machine is a series of one-on-one performance interactions between DoubtBot (a Cartesian chatbot) and conference participants and a 45-minute performance lecture that includes a demonstration of DoubtBot’s functionalities, the script and system of procedures on which DoubtBot runs, and a framing of the performance in relation to “algorithmic theatre.”

Artist: Ioana Jucan, Brown University


8:30 - 11:30 pm

ICU The unit, the I, is a ceramic piece created specifically for this series. What the participant sees is an eyeball, looking at/through/near the participant. Each participant is encouraged to peer within the hollow pupil and encounters the image of what the ceramic piece “sees” (themselves, or someone else?).

Artist: Ellen Gillooly­ Kress, University of Oregon and Studio PlayHaus, Albuquerque, NM

Performance Installation

8:30 - 11:30 pm

Can’t Get There from Here In 1916 a Wanted ad appeared in the Pittsburgh Press: “looking to correspond with a woman, object matrimony.” Within a few days the solicitor received many letters and preserved them in a scrapbook. This performance installation immerses the audience into the historic worlds of the letter writers and the reverberations the story still has today.

Artist: Peter A. Campbell, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Performance Installation

8:30 - 11:30 pm - scene repeats every 15 minutes

BLACK SPACE TRANSFORMS TO ANYPLACE presents a short interactive scene from the art history participation play TIME TO SEE; it is set in the inflatable Medieval Chapel.

Artist: Kaarin Johnston, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University and CSB/SJU students

Sunday, November 6, 2016

1:00 - 2:00 pm

DROUGHT: Transpiration, Saturation & Desertification EcoPerformance Situating itself within the beautiful park grounds of Minneapolis’s Loring Park, the performance/dance is centered on contemporary environmental imperatives, expressly in the exploration of water, and issues of transpiration, saturation, and desertification.

Artist: M.J. Glazier, Hartnell College and R.K. Worley, Texas A & M University, Commerce

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