SPEAKER SERIES: The Making of Antíkoni with Jenni(f)er Tamayo, Beth Piatote, Mark Griffith, Catherine Cole

  • Speaker Series: The Making of Antíkoni

  • Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology | 102 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley Campus

  • November 8, 2018
  • 4:00-5:30 PM | Reception to follow 
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Panelists:
Jenni(f)er Tamayo, Director and Graduate Student, Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
Beth Piatote, Playwright and Associate Professor, Native American Studies
Mark Griffith, Professor of Classics and Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
Catherine Cole, Divisional Dean of Arts, University of Washington

A panel discussion offering diverse perspectives on the intellectual, practical, and political aspects of making the play, Antíkoni.  The panelists will discuss the play’s engagements with the Sophocles tragedy, Antigone, the contemporary conflicts over human remains, and the play’s inaugural reading in the Hearst Museum.

Panelists will consider the following questions: 

  • What are the merits and challenges of adapting classical theatre to speak to contemporary Indigenous struggles? 
  • How do the multiple forms of storytelling by embodied and disembodied voices in the play reverberate in spiritual and political ways?  
  • How do unresolved histories of colonial violence on university campuses and their museums affect performances? 

Sponsored by: 
Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies 
Department of Classics
Program in Native American Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies 
Arts + Design
The Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology 

Jenni(f)er Tamayo, TDPS Graduate Student:
BA Human Development, Fundamentals: Issues & Texts, University of Chicago (2005), MFA Creative Writing-Poetry, Louisiana State University (2010). Born in Bogotá, Jennif(f)er is Nancy’s daughter. She is a queer, latinx writer and performer whose research attends to (the performativity of) contemporary poetry readings, asking the questions: what knowledges does the voice hold that are distinct from language; if a body is a site of ancestral knowledges, how do the violent legacies of slavery and settler colonialism haunt contemporary poetry “readings”?  She is a former CantoMundo Fellow and Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics Emerge Fellow.

Beth Piatote, Associate Professor of Native American Studies:
Her current book project, building on her recent monograph Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship and Law in Native American Literature (Yale 2013), explores the ways in which Native American writers have drawn upon sensory representations such as sound and synesthesia to produce a distinct legal imaginary that contests settler-colonial incursion and affirms indigenous politics and aesthetics.

Mark Griffith Professor of Classical Greek Drama and Performance:
Ph.D. Classics, Cambridge University. Specialty in classical drama and performance; Greek and Latin literature; ancient Greek music.  Teaches cross-listed courses in Classics and TDPS on Greek Tragedy, Then and Now, and Gender and Performance in Ancient Greece.  Former Chair of TDPS (formerly the Department of Dramatic Art/Center for Theater Arts); Former Chair of UC Berkeley Classics Department.

Catherine Cole, Divisional Dean of Arts, University of Washington:
Catherine Cole, professor of drama, joined the Dean’s Office and University of Washington in 2016. Her areas of expertise include human rights, law and performance, African theater and performance in national and transnational contexts, ethnography and fieldwork, disability studies, performance in the global South, and contemporary American performance. Cole is formerly professor and chair of the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies at the University of California Berkeley.