Sunday, November 6, 2011

Marked and Specific: Performance/Meditations on Hegemonic Whiteness

You are invited to a night of original performances:

Marked and Specific: Performance/Meditations on Hegemonic Whiteness

November 3 & 4 @ 7:30 pm
Winship Drama Building, Room 2.180
300 E. 23rd Street, Austin, TX 78712

Admission is free, but seating is limited; please arrive early.

Marked and Specific asks: how do we stage anti-racist activism? How can performance be a tool for exploring the de/construction of white privilege and supremacy? This two-part performance event culminates in a collaborative discussion about race, memory, and performance.

The first performance, 900 Gallons is Nicole Gurgel’s MFA thesis project and solo performance debut. Over the course of nine vignettes, Gurgel excavates photographs, songs and stories as a way to resist the dangers of dis-remembering oppressive family histories.

Following 900 Gallons, the Performance Lab Ensemble – a multi-racial ensemble comprised of eight women who consider themselves artists, activists, scholars, and teachers – will perform a staged reading of their newly devised work. Collaboratively created through a ten-week writing and performance workshop, this collage of monologues, memories, and an unruly game of dodgeball traces the “lessons” taught about race, nation, and identity.

There will be a brief intermission between 900 Gallons and the Performance Lab Ensemble.
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Creative/Development Teams

900 Gallons
Rowan Doyle (Design Consultant), M’bewe Escobar (Choreographer), Katie Frank (Stage Manager), Nicole Gurgel (Writer/Performer/Set Designer), Amy Lewis (Lighting Designer), Nikiko Masumoto (Dramaturg), Lydia Nelson (Director/Set Designer), Katelyn Wood (Dramaturg)

The Performance Lab Ensemble
Elida Bonet, Brianna Figueroa, Natalie Goodnow, Diana Grisanti, Natashia Lindsey, Alex Messenger, Sandra Sotelo, Lana Tyson (Writers/Performers/ Co-creators), Madilynn Garcia (Stage Manager), Nicole Gurgel (Faciliator/Director)

Special thanks to Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, Omi Osun/Joni L. Jones and Deborah Paredez for advising both projects.

Natalie Goodnow's contribution to the Performance Lab Ensemble is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin's future.  Visit Austin at

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