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Steffani Jemison with Garrett Gray: On Similitude

Fri, Sept 13, 2019
7:30 pm


What can be conveyed through physical gestures and expressions but not in language? How can the exaggerated frown of a painted face or the dramatic twist of a torso be understood, if not through words? Steffani Jemison reflects on these questions in a performance that engages with the rich and various history of mime and the role of mimicry in addressing audiences and intimates. 

In a companion performance to her video Sensus Plenior, on view in the 2019 Whitney Biennial, Jemison draws on the work of Étienne Decroux, who popularized mime in the mid-twentieth century and pitted physical movement against language. Jemison connects this history to mime ministry, which combines physical theater with gospel recordings and has become a fixture in churches with African-American congregations over the past two decades. Ultimately, Jemison asks: How we can use our bodies to amplify and extend the reach of speech?

This event has reached capacity. A limited number of standby tickets may be available at the admissions desk on a first-come, first-served basis. The standby line will open one hour prior to the program’s start time.

The Susan and John Hess Family Theater is equipped with an induction loop and infrared assistive listening system. Accessible seating is available.

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