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Challenging Narratives Through Verbatim Performance

Monday, 4 November 2019, 10 – 11am

Challenging Narratives Through Verbatim Performance

A discussion led by Joe Salvatore (NYU), as part of the School of Creative Arts Research Forum.

Through careful study and replication of an individual’s speech and gestural patterns, verbatim performance can challenge narratives across a spectrum of political, cultural, and social experiences. This embodied exploration—“breathing as another person”—utilizes objective observation as its foundation and leads to the performance of an ethnoactor’s discoveries. This presentation will include an overview of NYU Steinhardt’s Verbatim Performance Lab and its techniques, as well as examples of media artifacts created in the Lab and inspired by recent events.

Joe Salvatore is a Clinical Associate Professor of Educational Theatre at New York University’s Steinhardt School where he teaches courses in verbatim performance, ethnodrama, and applied / community-engaged theatre and directs the Verbatim Performance Lab. In 2017, Joe co-created Her Opponent, a verbatim re-staging of excerpts of the 2016 U.S. presidential debates with gender-reversed casting (Off Broadway Alliance Award nomination for Best Unique Theatrical Experience).

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Research Theme: Creative Arts Practice
Event Category: Arts and Culture, Lectures and Seminars
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Faculty & Staff
Cost: Free

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