Friday, February 3 12pm, 537 Heller Hall
I V O N E B A R R I G A, PhD Candidate, Theatre Historiography
Does failing matter? The failed dimension of the publics in the context of Puckllay Community-Based-Theatre (CBT)
My presentation will tackle aspects about the failed publics generated by the Puckllay Community-Based-Theatre (CBT) in neoliberal Peru. Puckllay is a CBT whose main goal is improving the life of children and teenagers from Lomas de Carabayllo (a shantytown in Lima) through the teaching of arts. It also presents theatre performances in the city, promoting unusual exchanges or what the theatre scholar Paul Heritage has called "impossible encounters" as one of the consequences that CBT potentially provokes an embodied field, the practice of theatre for social change is a venue in which individuals from different groups meet and enter a dialogue that otherwise would not occur. However Puckllay's ability to both circulate performances throughout the public sphere and while raising financial support to work locally has been based on a problematic historical and social separation. The division between intellectual and manual labor serves to reify Indigenous migrants as subjects in need of adapting to Western notions such as culture. Using Diana Taylor's notion of the repertoire, I argue that there is a repertoire of social practices and performances that Lomas de Carabayllo members produce on the ground that this CBT both uses and overlooks in order to maintain decision making power.
The failed dimension of the publics in the context of Puckllay Community-Based-Theatre (CBT) - This week's ICGC brown bag