Push Play: A Participatory Workshop

This participatory workshop will be based on the ongoing research of Push Play. We explore the embodied experience of interviewing as a way of examining how we remember, how we ask narrators to engage in memory, and what is, or is not, included in the archive. We draw on creativity and sense of play as a way of pushing through limits in the practice of oral history. Underpinning this work is an engagement — intellectually and in practice — with the concerns of critical performance ethnography and performance studies, especially the work of Dwight Conquergood and Della Pollock. As Pollock states, “words shimmer with what may be unsaid, felt, withheld, stammered, introduced in a pause, caught up in a breath, a sigh, an expressive rhythm, a physical or tonal gesture.” We explore these shadow narratives, resisting narrative resolution. Push Play is a collaboration between OHMA alums Liza Zapol and Nicki Pombier Berger. It is a series of workshops, a friendship, and an ongoing performance.

WHEN: Thursday, April 5, 2018, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

WHERE: 606 W 122nd Street, Knox Hall 509, Columbia University