A Look at Indigenous Dramaturgical Structures

Lindsay Lachance, PhD!candidate, Theatre and First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program

Lindsay Lachance, PhD candidate, Theatre and First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program

Process and Creation: A Look at Indigenous Dramaturgical Structures

Lindsay Lachance, PhD candidate, Theatre and First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program

October 1, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Due to the restricting terms of Western theatrical discourses, contemporary Indigenous performance scholarship struggles to find a space where it receives full awareness and understanding. Scholarship generally refers to Indigenous performance as a “cultural hybrid,” implying a merging of visual, physical, and aural elements associated with Indigenous cultures and Western theatrical practices. This limits Indigenous performance to a strictly thematic category when in reality these performances embody significant spiritual relationships. My awareness of these clear and spiritual functions of Indigenous performance have propelled lines of inquiry into the constant and minimizing descriptor of “hybrid”. During this discussion, I will be speaking on Monique Mojica’s theories of Blood Memory and Floyd Favel’s theories of Native Performance Culture as approaches to performance-making based in traditional Indigenous principles. We will engage with new ways of thinking about how to create, dramaturge and curate performances that place culturally-specific embodied starting points as necessary material in rebuilding and reclaiming Indigenous presence in theatre and performance studies. 

All welcome!

Venue: Room 213 at MOA

Located near the MOA administrative entrance to the right to the main museum entrance and MOA café.

Conveners:

Dr. Fuyubi Nakamura, MOA Curator, Asia, Dr. Nuno Porto, MOA Curator, Africa & Latin America and Dr. April Liu, MOA Curatorial Postdoctoral Fellow.

If you have questions, please contact Fuyubi. Email: fuyubi.nakamura@ubc.ca

MOA Visual and Material Culture Research Seminar Series – Term 1, 2015

This interdisciplinary seminar series on visual and material culture is for anyone with interest in this field across different departments at UBC and beyond. It is an informal forum to share research and exchange ideas, usually followed by conversations over a drink at Koerner’s Pub. Open to students, staff, faculty and community members in and around UBC.

Program: http://moa.ubc.ca/portfolio_page/series-researchseminar/