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November 26

A Sit-In at the Library: ’68 Revisited

Photo by Paul Klee. From the Collection of Paul Cronin.

Monday, November 26
The Graduate Center Mina Rees Library
1:00pm – 8:30pm + 6:00pm Performance
FREE + Open to public. All Welcome

In 1968, the student body emerged on the global scene as a cohesive revolutionary movement fighting alongside oppressed people in India, East and Western Europe, South and North America, and articulating a new political horizon.

50 years later, what remains of that emancipatory promise? Is there such a thing as a student body today, or should students be seen as individual investors in the knowledge economy? What are the contemporary meanings, stakes, and privileges of being a student? Which coalitions and networks of solidarity are maintained by students, and which are avoided or neglected? What political possibilities does a “student” status afford today, and what possibilities should it afford?

To promote a reconsideration of such questions, and as a critical homage to the 1968 sit-ins and alternative modes of congregation, the Mina Rees library at the CUNY Graduate Center will rearrange its ground floor and open its doors to the general public to share the space, sit together, talk, perform, meet and listen.

The Sit-in at the Library is a free, public and loosely curated forum that welcomes public participation and engagement. We invite you to shape the day with your ideas, questions, writings, screenings, teach-ins, or acts.

The event will be followed by a 6:00pm performance of The Fall by Sister Sylvester.

The Fall (2018) is a deconstructed film-screening based on Peter Whitehead’s cult 1969 film, The Fall. Shot in New York during the collapse of the protest movement, The Fall began as a fiction film, but quickly changed course as Whitehead found himself inside Columbia University during the student occupation and subsequent police attacks. Denied release because potential backers found the film too violent, Whitehead’s experiences making the film caused him to reject the social efficacy of art, quit film-making, and move to the highest mountain in Saudi Arabia to breed falcons. The film, however, followed its own path, finding its way to Greece during the student movement which led to the overthrow of the Junta, and to Iran during the university led movement which became the revolution. The Fall stages a film- lecture/screening that presents Sister Sylvester’s original research into this story, and questions the relationship between art and social action.

Photo by Maria Baranova.

Sister Sylvester makes work, often essayistic performances, using first hand research and found documents. Sister Sylvester invite disruption into both the performance and the process, and look for dissonance and difficulty in text, image, and sound.



Organized by Doctoral Students of Theatre and Performance Amir Farjoun, Cory Tamler and Mara Valderrama.

Additional support from Doctoral and Graduate Students’ Council.


Date: November 26
Venue: The Graduate Center Mina Rees Library
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December 3

Parliament (1st NY Session) with Michael Kliën (Austria)

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Monday, December 3
Segal Theatre
4:30pm  Closed Workshop* + 8:30pm Artist Talk

FREE  + Open to public. First come, first served.                                                                              

The workshop will be closed to audiences, to participate please RSVP corytamler@gmail.com                                                                      

The Segal Center is proud to present the CUNY version of Parliament (1st NY Session). Parliament is a pioneering work of situational choreography and exploration of ecological aesthetics. The work offers participants a critically needed withdrawal from normal modes of social action and provides instead an innovative site for 21st-century experimentalist cooperation. Embedded in the immediacy of Michael Kliën’s choreographic framework, citizen-performers, working in silence, come together to bear witness to and hold council amidst the elemental phenomena and fundamental concerns of collectively lived experience. Pointing towards unseen and unexperienced modes of social organization, Parliament traverses, probes and navigates the paradigms that animate our present-day political relations.

Produced in collaboration with Cory Tamler.

Photo courtesy of the artist

Michael Kliën (born 1973) is a choreographer and artist. Considered one of Europe’s most notable thinkers in contemporary dance and choreography, he has been commissioned by leading institutions including Ballett Frankfurt, Martha Graham Dance Company, New Museum, Irish Museum of Modern Art, and Hayward Gallery. As Artistic Director/CEO of Daghdha (2003-2011, Ireland) he developed an extended, socio-politically engaged choreography referred to as ‘Social Choreography’. Kliën’s practice encompasses interdisciplinary thinking, writing, curation, and centrally, choreographic works equally at home in performing and fine arts. He was awarded a PhD from Edinburgh College of Art in 2009. In 2017 Kliën took up the position of Associate Professor of Practice at Duke University.

Start: Dec 3, 2018
End: Dec 3, 2018
Venue: Segal Theatre
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December 10

Performing Knowledge: What Does Learning Feel Like?

Joseph Beuys, Untitled (Sun State), 1974.

Monday, December 10
Segal Theatre
All Day Lecture Performances with Meg Araneo, Patricia Clough, Amir Farjoun, Jon McKenzie, Aneta Stojnic, and others

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

What is the role of aesthetics in the production and dissemination of knowledge and research? In what new ways can we perform our knowledge, and to what new ends?

Un-covering and celebrating the latent performative potential of any pedagogical situation, prominent scholars and graduate students convene to consider such basic, yet often neglected questions: what does learning feel like? Philosopher and political scientist Wendy Brown calls upon scholars to recover “what is ineffably moving, sublime, or meaningful in the humanities.” Performing Knowledge seeks to do exactly that, focusing on the Humanities’ struggles with trends of neoliberalism.

Performing Lecturers include Meg Araneo, Patricia Clough (The Affective Turn), Jon McKenzie (Perform or Else) and Aneta Stojnic, and Graduate Students.

Performing Knowledge is an initiative by Amir Farjoun, Ph.D. Student of Theatre and Performance at the Graduate Center CUNY, in collaboration with the Segal Center. Co-produced with Mara Valderrama.

Date: December 10
Venue: Segal Theatre
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December 12

Devised Theatre: Curating, Producing, Presenting (A Practical Roundtable)

Covers of Moment Work: Tectonic Theater Project’s Process of Devising Theater and Ensemble-Made Chicago: A Guide to Devised Theater.

Wednesday, December 12
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Discussion + 3:00pm Workshop + 5:30pm Book Talk

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

What is devised theater? This form, which confounds traditional notions of theatermaking, is itself confounding. It has come to mean many different (and sometimes conflicting) things, depending on the context. Join our working group discussion, featuring producing institutions, funders, artists, legal experts, and scholars, as we attempt to create a comprehensive definition for the “devised theater.” What happens when the collaboration expands beyond traditional definitions? How is the work curated, produced, presented, compensated and credited?

3:00pm Workshop
Register at mestc@gc.cuny.edu for a special Devised Theatre afternoon workshop with the Dramatists Guild, who organized an International Devised Theatre Conference as a part of their 2018 National Conference.

5:30pm Book Talk
with Jimmy Maize, Moment Work (2018), and Chloe Johnston, Ensemble-Made Chicago: A Guide to Devised Theater (2018)

Organized and led by Andrew Kircher, Director of The Public Theater’s Devised Theater Initiative + an afternoon workshop with the Dramatist Guild on their new devised theater contract templates.

Andrew Kircher is the Director of the Devised Theater Initiative and associate dramaturg at the Public Theater. As a creative producer, he has worked with companies including Ars Nova, Les Freres Corbusier, and Jollyship the Whiz-Bang, and was previously the associate director of the Under the Radar Festival. He has served on panels with NEFA, Creative Capital, among others. He curated the 2017 and 2018 PRELUDE Festival.

Start: Dec 12, 2018
End: Dec 12, 2018
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December 13

Teatro delle Albe (Italy): Artist Talk with Marco Martinelli

Photo by Lidia Bagnara.

Thursday, December 13
La MaMa Theater – Downstairs Theatre (66 4th Street, New York)

6:30pm Artist Talk

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Join us for an artist talk with Marco Martinelli and a reading by Ermanna Montanari from Teatro delle Albe’s latest production, Love’s Faithful (fedeli d’amore) – A Polyptych in Seven Panels for Dante Alighieri (Fedeli d’Amore). The unusual participatory work is a reflection by Marco Martinelli “about” Dante Alighieri and the contemporary world. Dante, himself a refugee, fled from Florence when he was condemned to death by burning at the stake. We meet Dante on his deathbed in 1321, exiled in Ravenna, the home of the Teatro delle Albe.

This “polyptych” for the stage enriches the itinerary by Martinelli and Montanari on The Divine Comedy, a project from 2017 to 2021 where the whole city is a stage and all citizens are called on to participate.


Photo courtesy by artist

Marco Martinelli, playwright and director, founded with Ernanna Montanari the Teatro delle Albe (1983), one of the most respected Italian theatre companies. Martinelli has been awarded numerous prizes including: five Ubu Prizes; the Drammaturgia In/Finita Prize; the Hystrio Prize; the Golden Laurel-international Festival Mess; the Prize for Career Achievement- international festival Journées théâtrales de Carthage.His texts have been published and staged in Italy, France (selected by the European projects on contemporary playwriting Face à Face and Fabulamundi), Belgium, Germany, Romania, Slovakia, Chile, Brazil and the United States (translated in English by Thomas Simpson).

Ermanna Montanari, actress, author and set designer, Teatro delle Albe’s founder and artistic director with Marco Martinelli, for her work and in particular for her extraordinary itinerary of vocal and musical research, has been awarded prestigious acknowledgements including: three Ubu Prizes, the Golden Laurel-international Festival Mess; the Lo straniero Prize-dedicated to the memory of Carmelo Bene; the Eleonora Duse Prize, and the Prize of the Associazione Nazionale Critici di Teatro.

Presented in collaboration with Umanism, Italian Playwright Project, Valeria Orani (Director) with additional support from La MaMa, Mia Yoo, Artistic Director, and the Italian Cultural Insitute.
Media partner Rai Radio3


Start: Dec 13, 2018
End: Dec 13, 2018
Venue: LaMaMa- The Downstairs, 66 4th Street, New York, NY
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December 17

Experimental Theatre + Performance Publishing with 3 Hole Press, 53rd State Press, and Ugly Duckling Presse

Left to Right: Matvei Yankelevic, Mac Wellman, Kate Kremer (photos courtesy of the artists), and Rachel Kauder Nalebuff © Roman Kane.

Monday, December 17
Segal Theatre
6:30pm Discussion

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

The 2018 Daniel Gerould Memorial Lecture

Why publish a play in the 21st century? What are the limits of performance and paper—and what becomes possible when they converge? Can something be so analog that it becomes futuristic? In the last decades, independent publishing houses have taken up the challenge to re-think the relationship between print and performance in our times of post-dramatic theatre and ubiquitous virtual texts.

Join Mac Wellman, publishers Matvei Yankelevich (Ugly Duckling Presse), Kate Kremer (53rd State Press), Rachel Kauder Nalebuff (3 Hole Press), and affiliate artist Annie Dorsen and others from each press for conversations and readings from newly released works.

Is God Is
By Aleshea Harris
Introduced by Dawn Lundy Martin
3 Hole & Soho Rep. Special Edition




Pop Star Series
By Neal Medlyn
53rd State Press




A Piece of Work
By Annie Dorsen
Ugly Duckling Presse





Start: Dec 17, 2018
End: Dec 17, 2018
Venue: Segal Theatre
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