Tuesday, June 23rd,
11:30am - 1pm


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Critical Response: Silence into Action


Critical Response: Silence into Action

Facilitator: Margaret Kemp

Bio: Margaret Kemp is Associate Professor of Theater and Dance at UCDavis. Her performance practice questions how systems of scientific and social engineering manipulate voice, breath, flesh, communities and the natural world.

In this session, Prof. Margaret Kemp will lead us in a critical response (a process for giving and getting feedback developed by dancer Liz Lerman) around Audre Lorde's essay Silence into Action, which urges us to act and act now, and not hide behind the silence of complicity and fear.

Lorde writes, “And of course I am afraid, because the transformation of silence into language and action is an act of self-revelation, and that always seems fraught with danger. But my daughter, when I told her of our topic and my difficulty with it, said, ""Tell them about how you're never really a whole person if you remain silent, because there's always that one little piece inside you that wants to be spoken out, and if you keep ignoring it, it gets madder and madder and hotter and hotter, and if you don't speak it out one day it will just up and punch you in the mouth from the inside.




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