Sunday, November 25, 2012

Get Your Dissertation On!

Every year, the Drama Interest Group hosts dissertation chapter writing workshops for graduate students. These involve short sessions where graduate students and faculty gather to discuss previously distributed chapters in an informal setting.

Several graduate students have participated and have found the feedback helpful.

We will be continuing the practice this year and are seeking interested participants. The workshops can happen anywhere between January and May and should involve one chapter for which you would like feedback. Please contact the DIG graduate coordinator, Lucía Naser for more information.

The Drama Interest Group is a Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Conversation with Grupo Krapp

Conversation with Grupo Krapp (Dance company from Argentina) at residency at University of Michigan
Oct 12th, 12 - 1.30 pm
MLB - Room 2112

* The conversation will focus on translation procedures in creative processes, interdisciplinary work, arts and its (in)disciplinary boundaries and other topics which may arise along the dialogue. You are ALL very welcomed!

Sponsored by Drama Interest Group and moderated by Lucía Naser
Refreshments will be served

about Grupo Krapp <

Grupo Krapp was created in 1998 by Luciana Acuña, Luis Biasotto, and Gabriela Caretti, three young choreographers who received their training at the prestigious Contemporary Dance Workshop of the National University of Córdoba. They also pursued studies in the Contemporary Dance Workshop of the San Martín Theater in Córdoba and at the Theater School of the National University of Córdoba. In 1999, Argentina¹s Antorchas Foundation and National Arts Fund awarded individual dance and theater training grants to Acuña, Biasotto, and Caretti. The ensemble¹s five members include critically acclaimed Argentinean actors and musicians Gabriel Almendros, Edgardo Castro, and Fernando Tur.

Grupo Krapp will be in residence at University of Michigan from October 10-19 for classes in Dance, Theatre, Romance Languages, and Latin American Cultural Studies culminating in a performance of their recent work Lado B at the Arthur Miller Theater on Friday Oct 19, 8pm. The Institute of the Humanities will sponsor a panel on Wednesday Oct. 17, 6:30-8pm. Lado B brings original video, movement, language, music and set design together in an explosion of multi-media imagery, cross cultural concepts and performance energy. Buenos Aires based and award winning video and film artist, Alejo Moguillansky created the video concepts and material. He was the 2009 Jury Prize winner in the Buenos Aires Festival Internacional del Cine Independiente (Best Argentine Film).

The foundation of their work draws on political themes that transcend national boundaries. Their performances illuminate injustices and inequities with a deft theatrical touch using a finely crafted blend of music, theater and dance. They are known for their straightforward delivery of controversial themes, leavened by outrageous humor and physical daring. Grupo Krapp investigates and translates a range of themes and ideas through music, video, staging, movement, text and spectacle in an unforgettable way. Since the premiere of their widely acclaimed work Mendiolaza at The American Dance Festival at Duke University in summer 2005, they have returned to the U.S for successful engagement presented by Cal Performances at UC Berkeley and La Guardia Community College /CUNY. Gia Kourlos, writing in the New York Times describes Grupo Krapp as using rich imagery and heightened abstraction to convey feelings of isolation, otherness, profound loneliness, marginalization, and desperation in a surreal environment. Underscoring a tense interplay of sensations, images and actions which ultimately, attest to the fragile condition of the human soul.² These are themes that resonate throughout our lives and our art making more than ever.² New York Times, August 4, 2006

The company name Krapp derives from Samuel Beckett¹s play, Krapp¹s Last Tape, popularthroughout Latin America. Grupo Krapp often constructs their work around absurdist themes, but depicts them in a more hopeful, humane lens than many of Beckett¹s positions.

* The company will offer a community master class in improvisation and composition through movement and text on Sat. Oct 13, 11-1-- Betty Pease Studio A, Dance bldg. 1310 North University Ct. Ann Arbor, 48109.

Friday, March 30, 2012

DIG´s (3)SOLO Performance Night

DIG´s (3)SOLO Performance Night
31th March. 7pm. Walgreen Drama Center. Studio 2. <>
Free Entrance and Exit

Choreography and performance: Amy Chavasse
Costume and set: Amy Chavasse
Text: Amy Chavasse, and one verse from Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs-- The One You Really Love
Music: Bartholomaus Traubek- Years; Jon Brion- DMI Thing from Synecdoche New York; Fanfare Savalle and Vladimire Mayakovsky- Rumba La George/ I Know the Power of Words; Petty Booka- We’ll Sing in the Sunshine


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this performance is a bodily exploration of difference.
departing from experience and from philosophy contamination i delve into the possibility of dissolving some oppositions that neutralizes difference, imprisoning within dichotomist categories such as man - animal / male - female / death - living / presence - absence / body - mind - etc. the performance will present open ongoing questions related to these through choreographic inquiry

Creation and performance: Lucía Naser
Artistic Collaboration: Mary Beth Carolan
Text: Poem “Dead Body” by Harold Pinter, 2005.
Voice: Gabriel Horowitz


Stone Soup is an interactive performance piece. The audience will participate as co-creators and collaborators. The final outcome will be a synthesis of the poetry and emotions that are all tossed in the pot. Through movement and words, stillness and silence we will create our own aroma, taste our own flavor and perhaps scald our very throats that sing the world into being.

Performance by David Brown


Amy Chavasse, choreographer, performer, educator, improviser, storyteller and Artistic Director of ChavasseDance&Performance joined the faculty at University of Michigan in 2006 after six years as Artist in Residence at Middlebury College. She has been a guest artist/ faculty member at numerous institutions, including Arizona State, Virginia Commonwealth, UNC-Greensboro, NC School of the Arts, George Washington, Bennington College, University of Calgary and Cornish College of the Arts. As a choreographer and performer, she has collaborated and worked with many notable artists, including Peter Schmitz, Lisa Gonzales, Grupo Krapp, Sue Rees, Rodger Belman, Xan Burley, Alex Springer, Caroline Chavasse and Paul Matteson. As Artistic Director of ChavasseDance&Performance, her work has been presented throughout the U.S. NYC, (Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, 100 Grand, Judson Church, WaxWorks, Triskelion, BAAD Ass! Women’s Fesitval); Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out (2010); the American Dance Festival- Acts to Follow and Fast Forward. In fall of 2006, she premiered All I Ask of My Enemies at Dance New Amsterdam in NYC, and then first brought ChavasseDance&Performance in I Sleep with Ann Coulter and Other Impossibly True Stories to the Duderstadt Video and Performance Studio in 2007. Internationally, she has taught and her work has been produced in Trinidad, Cienfuegos and Havana- Cuba, Kaunus and Vilnius, Lithuania, Vienna, Austria, Cali, Colombia and Buenos Aires. She has been on the faculty at Florence Summer Dance since 2006 and taught at ProDanza Italia from 2006-2010. In June 2010 she taught and performed with ResExtensa in Bari, Italy. She will return to teach at Florence Summer Dance for a 6th summer, and will be on the faculty of the Beijing Dance Festival in summer 2012. ChavasseDance&Performance premiered Hunger for the Longing (a biased history of seduction) during a residency in Bari, Italy in July 2011, with performances at Teatro Saschall in Florence and Teatro Traetta in Bitonto. She danced in the companies of Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, Bill Young and Dancers and in many independent projects in NYC. She received her BFA from the University of NC School of the Arts and her MFA from the University of Michigan.

Lucía Naser is researcher and artist of contemporary dance and performance. Sociologist by the UDELAR, MA in Performing Arts in PPGAC -UFBA. Graduate student in Romance Languages and Literatures (UM). My research line involves dance from a political perspective; the intersemiotic relations between dance and other languages and knowledge, and an exploration of the intersections between the post-structuralist and Derrida's philosophy with the cognitive and discursive practices of the dancing body.

David Brown is a performance artist. His work is always infused with the immediacy of improvisation. He may use elements of dance, poetry, music, painting, or meditation in achieving the goals of any particular performance. He has a great interest in the interactive nature of audience and performer. He holds a BA from Oberlin College in Expanding Consciousness Through Creativity.

The Drama Interest Group is a Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop. <>

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

DIG Workshops for Winter 2012

DIG Dissertation/Writing Workshops

Every year, the Drama Interest Group hosts dissertation chapter writing workshops for graduate students. These involve short sessions where graduate students and faculty gather to discuss previously distributed chapters in an informal setting. Several graduate students have participated and have found the feedback helpful.

We will be continuing the practice this year and invite you all to participate:

February 7th, 4.30. Conference Room, 4420 MLB (near the elevators)

A Drama of the Southwest, an unpublished play by Harlem Renaissance luminary Jean Toomer, challenges the prevailing assumption that Toomer's work after Cane is derivative, didactic and disappointing. Come out and see a late Toomer whose work is still insightful, intriguing and beautiful!

The dissertation chapter under discussion entitles “Green World or None: Jean Toomer's Pastoral Vision for a Nuclear Age”.

Carolyn Dekker is a fifth-year in English Language and Literature at work on a dissertation called Nuclear Wishes. The piece we're workshopping is part of the larger chapter, "Green World or None: Jean Toomer's Pastoral Vision for a Nuclear Age."

February 15, 4.30pm. RLL Commons. 4th floor, MLB.

Sara Jackson will workshop sections from her dissertation chapter: "Feminist femmes fatales. Performing Judith and Salome." Responding to recent scholarship that has primarily assigned women a passive role in the production history of the femme fatale, this chapter investigates how fin-de-siècle actresses staged active interventions in the male fantasy, which appeared not only in aesthetic works, but also in scientific discourse. Critically reading stage performances of the iconic femmes fatales Judith and Salome alongside constructions of the deadly seductress in scientific texts, the chapter examines the ways in which actresses at the turn of the century enacted feminist challenges from within this culturally pervasive, and fundamentally misogynist male fantasy.

Sara Jackson is a doctoral candidate in German Studies. Her dissertation, Temptresses and Murderesses: Text, Body and Performance [working title], examines stage performances of deadly women in early 20th-century Germany, and interrogates the ways in which these performances contributed to a larger discourse complex surrounding the construction of normal and deviant femininity and female sexuality in the period. The dissertation contends that actresses were active participants in a matrix comprising artistic production, emerging scientific fields (criminology, sexology, psychology), and turn-of-the-century feminisms, which shared convergent and competing interests in the pervading socio-cultural concern with the so-called Frauenfrage [Woman Question]

Please confirm your participation to so we send you the chapter under discussion for your previous reading. Please also contact us for any question or suggestion.