LUIS ARMANDO ORDAZ GUTIÉRREZ, Executive and Artistic Director of ProyectoTeatro
Participatory Workshop and Artist Talk
March 10th – 12th, 2016
Presented by KALEIDOSCOPE Conference of the graduate students of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and ART + SCHOLARSHIP Borghesi-Mellon Workshop
Curated by Marin Laufenberg, Megan Bailon, and Nicole Fadellin
Participatory Workshop: “Exploring What You Are Not Supposed To”
Thursday, March 10th, 7:00-9:00pm
6321 Humanities (Art Department, 6th Floor)
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In this workshop for youth and adults, participants will have the opportunity to explore subject matters that impact their daily life, but that they are not encouraged to address for various reasons. Starting with inquiry-based conversations, we will throw down topics or situations that we would like to share and dissect—individually or collectively—as points of reference for the workshop. From there, we will write pieces of theatre (poetry or monologues) and create dance phrases (contemporary, hip-hop, or folklórico) to build short sequences of performance that express our points of view and unfiltered perspectives.
Artist Talk: “Fracturing the boundaries of theatre for youth by redefining the limits of performance, societal norms, and cultural aesthetics”
Saturday, March 12th, 11:00am-12:30pm
313 Pyle Center
Boundaries, in an overall sense of the word, guide children as they grow up to be happy, healthy and productive members of society. But boundaries, in the context of art on the other hand, often hinder creativity and take away a child’s opportunity to become a true empowered artist or a proud cultural activist. Award-wining director Luis Armando Ordaz Gutiérrez shares the cultural gains of fostering an inquiry-based pedagogy that challenges the generic Western-European template of theatre for youth by allowing children to question (and at times break) all the rules they’ve been taught to follow on stage.
About the visiting artist:
Luis Armando Ordaz Gutiérrez is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of ProyectoTeatro, a Spanish-language performing arts company based out of Austin, Texas. His work straddles culture, research, and performance art in order to highlight the Latino experience within the US and the world around. Luis is also recognized for developing culturally relevant arts programming that preserves and promotes the entire spectrum of Latin-American culture. Artistically, his work is driven by a commitment to riveting aesthetics and challenging conventional theatre blending theatre and dance to create visceral scenes of profound and multidisciplinary stage performance. Luis has had the opportunity to travel to countries like México, Thailand, Panama, and Perú to inspire communities to address social matters and political instabilities through performance and to find the strength and pride in their cultural backgrounds through community collectiveness.
About the curators:
Marin Laufenberg is a PhD candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She studies contemporary Latin American literature with a focus in Southern Cone performance and theatre. Her research interests include post dictatorship literature and performance that deal with residual trauma and memory of violence through an affective lens. In her dissertation, she develops the role of humor and laughter in dealing with trauma and violence in Argentine theatre which treats historical moments of crisis. In addition to her academic study of theatre, she is an active member and co-founder of the Spanish language theatre group Teatro Décimo Piso at UW-Madison.
Megan Bailon is a PhD candidate and Teaching Assistant in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, where she studies Latin American literature, theater, and performance. Her research interests center on the themes of labor and migration in contemporary Caribbean theater and performance art. Along with being a past participant in the UW Public Humanities Exchange, where her project involved running a community theater club at a local middle school, she is an organizer of the Kaleidoscope Graduate Student Conference and a co-founder and collaborator in the Teatro Décimo Piso departmental theater group.
Nicole Fadellin is a PhD candidate and Teaching Assistant in the Spanish and Portuguese Department at UW-Madison. Her research considers materiality and promises in contemporary Caribbean literature. Her personal and professional work seeks to construct inclusive and collaborative spaces and explore alternative forms of creating and sharing knowledge. She participated in Madtheory 2: A Performance Philosophy Symposium, she was co-creator of a community theater club at Cherokee Middle School through the Public Humanities Exchange, and she is a co-founder and member of Teatro Décimo Piso Departmental theater group.
Funding is provided by Associated Students of Madison, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Brittingham Fund, Kemper Knapp Bequest, LACIS and The Nave Fund.
This programming is co-presented by the Kaleidoscope Conference of the graduate students of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Art + Scholarship Borghesi-Mellon Interdisciplinary Workshop in the Humanities, sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with support from Nancy and David Borghesi and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.