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July 23, 2019
12:10pm; Ring Family Performing Arts Hall, Wesleyan University
Susan Russell

Dr. Susan Russell is an Associate Professor in the School of Theatre at Penn State, where she teaches literature/criticism, musical theater history, and playwriting. For 25 years she was a professional actor on and off-Broadway. In 2007, she created "Cultural Conversations," which uses music, theater, dance, storytelling, and visual arts to help young people talk about social issues. She is the author of Stop the Violence, Start the Conversation and Body Language: Cultural Conversations—Reaching Out and Reaching In.

July 18, 2019
7:00pm-8:30pm; Foss Hill/Andrus Field, Wesleyan University
Bread and Puppet Theater: "The Diagonal Life Circus"

Bread and Puppet Theater was founded in New York City in 1963 before moving to Vermont in 1970. The company champions a visually rich street-theater brand of performance art filled with music, dance, and slapstick, and their shows are political and spectacular, with huge puppets made of paper mache and cardboard. "The Diagonal Life Circus" is funny and moving—a colorful, tonally and formally diverse tumult of short acts on the urgent themes of the day, powered by a riotous brass band.

July 18, 2019
12:10pm; Ring Family Performing Arts Hll, Wesleyan University
A Conversation with Bread and Puppet Theater

Bread and Puppet Theater was founded in New York City in 1963 before moving to Vermont in 1970. The company champions a visually rich street-theater brand of performance art filled with music, dance, and slapstick, and their shows are political and spectacular, with huge puppets made of paper mache and cardboard.

July 12-13, 2019
Wesleyan University
Curatorial Mini-Intensive

The Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance invites applications for a third edition of its curatorial mini-intensive for students interested in ICPP’s MA program. A small number of prospective students will be selected to attend two days of classes and exchanges of ideas from July 11–13on the Wesleyan University campus in Middletown, Connecticut. The programme includes intimate conversations with curators, artists, writers, dramaturges, scholars, and presenters. The curriculum will address time-based art practices through the work of artists, curators and cultural leaders across the fields of dance, performance art, theater, and music. Discussions will range from ethical issues in curation and current topics in the art and performance fields to a range of interdisciplinary projects and the sharing of critical methods and practices.

The curatorial mini-intensive will also include opportunities to learn about tuition remission and scholarship possibilities, including the ICPP Leadership Fellowships, a post-graduate opportunity for ICPP graduates supported by the Ford Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation performing artists case study opportunities.

May 25, 2019
2:00pm; CFA Theater, Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University
Remembering Sam Miller '75

Celebrate the life of Sam Miller ’75, P’09 (1952–2018) from 2pm to 4:30pm.

A devoted Wesleyan alum, he majored in theater, co-founded Second Stage, and was one of the first students to direct a production in the newly built Center for the Arts. In 2011, he became the Director and Co-Founder of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University.

Friends, colleagues, and students will share remarks followed by a performance directed by his long-time collaborator Eiko Otake, Visiting Artist in Residence in Dance and the College of East Asian Studies. She will share her work-in-progress The Duet Project: Distance is Malleable, co-conceived by Sam Miller and created in collaboration with artists of diverse backgrounds and disciplines including Wesleyan alumni Mark McCloughan ’10, Alexis Moh ’15, DonChristian Jones ’12, David Brick ’91, and Ralph Samuelson MA ’71, as well as Professor of History, East Asian Studies, Science in Society, and Environmental Studies William Johnston. The project will premiere at the American Dance Festival in July. Refreshments will follow. 

Please consider contributions to the Sam Miller ’75 Memorial Fund at Wesleyan University in support of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP). Contributions may be given online here or mailed to the care of Marcy Herlihy, University Relations, 330 High Street, Middletown, CT 06459.

January 11, 2019
10:00am; Ring Family Performing Arts Hall, Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University
Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance Symposium

Eiko Otake

Contemporary performance is at a distinct crossroads. The co-existence and cross-pollination of idea- and technique-based performance practices have given rise to a dynamic conversation over the past several decades. Please join the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance for a symposium featuring the work of current ICPP students on their innovative practices as they merge theory and practice to reimagine performance and curatorial practice in broader social and political sphere.

Candace Thompson-Zachery
Caribbean/The Future: Regional, National, and Diaspora Considerations
Candace Thompson-Zachery, a Brooklyn resident originally from Trinidad and Tobago, is a dancer, choreographer, personal trainer, cultural producer, and founder of Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE.

Jessica Williams
Reimagining the Civic-Minded Dance Institution: A Comparison of Artist-Led Curatorial Frameworks and Social Work Practice
Jessica Williams, LMSW, currently serves as Director of Government Grants at Visiting Nurse Service of New York, as well as the cohost of Pod de Deux, an independent podcast about dance. (poddedeux.com)

Deborah Goffe
Orienting Ourselves to See: Mapping Nested Dance Ecosystems as Curatorial Practice in New England
Deborah Goffe is a maker, performer, educator, and performance curator who currently serves as Assistant Professor of Modern/Contemporary Dance at Hampshire College.

Laura Paige Kyber
Empathetic Rumblings: Curating Relations between Art, Audience, and Institution
Laura Paige Kyber is the curatorial assistant for performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Her current research explores curatorial ethics.

Victoria Carrasco
Utopian Sculpture: Curating Populism and Feminism In and Out Of The Museum
Victoria Carrasco lives and works in Montréal, where she is currently Gallery Manager and Events Coordinator at DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art.

Raechel Hofsteadter
Performing MoMing: Welcoming a New Perspective
Raechel Hofsteadter is a freelance dance artist and arts administrator currently working as the Associate Director of Development Operations at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.

January 11, 2019
5:00pm; Abrons Art Center
Collaborative Ethos in Curatorial Practices: ICPP Public Talk and Gathering

Public Talk

Please join us for a public conversation on collaboration and curating by the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance. Thomas J. Lax, Associate Curator of Media and Performance Art, MoMA and ICPP Curator-in-Residence, and Cori Olinghouse, Portal Project director and ICPP MA 2017, will discuss their work together on the Trisha Brown moving-image installation as part of MoMA’s exhibition, Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done (co-organized by Ana Janevski with Martha Joseph). Ali Rosa-Salas, Director of Programming, Abrons Arts Center and ICPP MA 2018, will address her ICPP Leadership Fellowship and her work on cultivating lasting relationships with different local organizations. Together, we will reflect on how curating takes place in common, and on forging alliances for our work to participate in a collective field of shared action. The conversation will be moderated by ICPP Program Director Noémie Solomon, and followed by drinks and snacks.

January 4, 2019
1:30pm-3:00pm; Hilton Concourse B
Artists Building a Code of Ethics in the Era of #MeToo

In response to #MeToo and other social justice movements, artists and artistic communities are developing codes of ethics to hold themselves and others accountable, as instances of implicit bias and of explicit harassment gain greater recognition in society and in our field. Learn about these artist-driven efforts and how to develop a code for your own organization or community.


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Image above: Ralph Lemon in Curatorial Practice, 2017