Guest Artist

Debt and Promise: Puerto Rican Performance in Times of Crisis

An artists' residency with conversations, workshops, and a performance showcase with Las Nietas de Nonó (Lydela and Michelle Rodríguez Castro), Arnaldo Rodríguez Bagué, and José Alvarez Colón.

Collectively, the artists in this residency will explore the aesthetic and political strategies of Puerto Rican performance and their relation to the political-economy and representational dominance of debt as the definitional rhetoric of the contemporary on the Island.

Co-presented by the Department of Performance Studies; the Center for Global Culture and Communication; the Black Arts Initiative; and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities as part of the Institute's 2016-2017 Debt Dialogue Series.

Curated and hosted by Ramón Rivera-Servera, Department of Performance Studies. For more information, please contact ps@northwestern.edu.

Schedule of Events

Monday, April 3 @ 9:30am
Location: Annie May Swift Hall #109
Cafecito Roundtable: Contemporary Puerto Rican Performance: Las Nietas de Nonó

A conversation and archive sharing session on the performance work of Las Nietas de Nonó.

Tuesday, April 4 @ 9:30am
Location: Wirtz Center #235
Cafecito Roundtable: Contemporary Puerto Rican Performance: Arnaldo Rodríguez Bagué

A conversation and archive sharing session on the performance documentation and curation work of Arnaldo Rodríguez Bagué.

Tuesday, April 4 @ 5pm
Location: Wirtz Performing Arts Center, Ballroom
Risk: A Performance Improvisation Workshop led by José Alvarez Colón

A workshop on improvisational performance techniques deployed to think about the concept and aesthetics of debt.

Wednesday, April 5 @ noon
Location: Annie May Swift Hall, Alvina Krause Studio 
Roundtable Luncheon: On the Political Economy of Performance: Debt and Creativity in Puerto Rico

José Alvarez Colón, Arnaldo Rodriguez Bagué, and Las Nietas de Nonó.
Moderated by Lawrence LaFountain-Stokes (Associate Professor of Latino Studies, University of Michigan).

Friday, April 7 @ 5pm
Location: Annie May Swift Hall, Alvina Krause Studio
Performance Showcase: Debt and Promise

An informal showing of performance material developed by our guest artists over the course of the week-long collaboration. José Alvarez Colón, Arnaldo Rodriguez Bagué, Las Nietas de Nonó

Photography by Antonio Ramirez Aponte, courtesy of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico (MACPR).

Ticket Information

Free and open to the public.