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Performing the World 2016 | Sept. 23-25

Fri, September 23, 2016

through Sun, September 25, 2016

Can We Perform Our Way to Power?

Study and Train at the East Side Institute

The ninth Performing the World (PTW) conference will be held in New York City.

Deadline for Proposals: February 21
Location: New York City

As the practice, understanding and appreciation for performance and play continue to grow, the world context in which it spreads becomes more conflicted. Globalization and the rapid spread of technology spur economic and social growth, while at the same time they produce and exacerbate poverty, war, famine, mass migrations, violence and environmental contamination.

This cultural/political crossroads raises anew the question of power. How is it created? What are the limitations and where are the opportunities for ordinary people to exercise power? Increasing numbers of artists, educators, psychologists and academics are attracted to performance because of its creative power as an alternative modality to "knowing" and "authority." By the same token, many activists and community organizers have become increasingly concerned with creating and discovering new approaches to human development and political crisis, as old and traditional tools for progressive change have proven to be inadequate to the times. PTW is a gathering in which to explore and celebrate performance as a catalyst for human and community development and culture change-and thereby, create a new and more humane world.

For more information:

Contact Melissa Meyer at mmeyer@eastsideinstitute.org or visit our website: www.eastsideinstitute.org