Questions of Practice: “What is Reenactment?”

Patricia Lent of the Merce Cunningham Trust, theater-maker Richard Schechner, and video/installation artist Sharon Hayes gather to discuss the question of reenactment in cultural practice, with UC Berkeley professor Shannon Jackson as moderator. These thinkers consider the line between historical reenactment and artistic restaging, and whether our terminology matters. “[Historical reenactment] is…about the reproduction and naturalizing of history,” says Hayes, but “then there are these counter-reenactments that are about keeping a wound open…”

Excerpt from “Again, in another time and place: A conversation on reconstruction, restaging, and reenactment,” produced by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and presented at FringeArts in Philadelphia, on October 5, 2013.

This event “Again, in another time and place: A conversation on reconstruction, restaging, and reenactment” was produced by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and presented at FringeArts in Philadelphia, on October 5, 2013. That same weekend Lucinda Childs re-presented a half-dozen of her early dance works, with Center funding.


Grants & Grantees

Virgil Marti is a visual artist and a 1995 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

The company is dedicated to making critically important performance opportunities available to the current generation of opera and theatrical performers, designers, and directors.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Susanna Sloat is a writer, editor, and arts consultant in New York City who has written about a diverse range of dance.

Grants & Grantees

The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts produced a series of programs of contemporary American music performed by the American Composers Orchestra.

The Philadelphia Zoo will expand its innovative and field-leading trails system, allowing large primates and other mammals to travel outside their habitats and interact more freely with each other.

Rick Lowe of Project Row Houses spearheads a revitalization project on Pearl Street, an under-used alley behind Asian Arts Initiative’s building in Philadelphia’s Chinatown North neighborhood.

Grants & Grantees

Jay Kirk is a writer and a 2005 Pew Fellow.

Two Center-funded performance projects—Supper, People on the Move and Facing Front: Lectures and Performance by Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion—culminated at the end of June, gaining media attention from several regional news outlets.

Viji Rao developed three distinctive works to expand her artistic roots in South Indian dance, based on incarnations of the Hindu goddess Devi.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Jonah Bokaer is a choreographer, media artist, artist space developer, and social entrepreneur whose work integrates choreography with digital media.

The Mississippi Blues Project featured eight exceptional blues musicians who made their regional debuts, all of whom were selected for their contributions to the genre and its continuing evolution as a vibrant folk art form.

Two new compositions by Arab-American composers Kareem Roustom and Kinan Abou-afach, performed by a classical Arab chamber ensemble and a Western choir for an invigorating cross-genre collaboration.