Documentation of Focus Workshops for NATURE FETISH

PPL‘s opera NATURE FETISH has begun with a series of Focus Workshops in Speyer Hall at University Settlement.  One more HUGE THANK YOU to the Performance Project and to all who have participated in Stage 1 of this project!

Around 50 individuals have participated in these workshops, during which we have attempted to collectively “theorize” nature. This has meant not only identifying and experimenting with existing theories about nature and attempting to translate them into performance, but also using performance to theorize our perspectives on nature, our relationships and experiences with natural systems, our beliefs about nature and ideas about what it “is,” and our desires for understanding  of “the nature of nature.” An opera comprised of fetishizing (power or importance-imbuing)  theories will be developed and rehearsed (Stage 2) over the next five months for a premier in the Spring of 2012 (Stage 3).

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