Iain "Ewok" Robinson
Global Theatre: A Performance Series - White/Boys/Black/Girls
Curated by Dr. Megan Lewis, theatre scholar at UMASS Amherst
$25 | $5 Fairfield University students
QCA Member price: $18
Wien Experimental Theatre
Created in 2015, the Global Theatre Performance Series provides an opportunity to share in the live experience that transcends any one artform and explores the liminal spaces between art, theatre, and performance within the intimate Wien Experimental Theatre.
Spoken word artist, rapper, and activist, Iain “Ewok” Robinson, uses hip-hop practice to galvanize communities around social justice issues. In this one-man tour de force, Ewok examines assumptions about his own whiteness and privilege and explores how white men in particular might work towards coexistence rather than dominance within the multicultural, multiracial democracy that is the new South Africa.
Wrestling with Whiteness
Why does whiteness matter? Because it is the infrastructure of all systems of racial inequity, the assumed default category of human existence, and it haunts our culture in both overt and hidden ways. Whiteness perpetuates inequality by staying unexamined and unmarked. Curator Dr. Megan Lewis believes in “the power of performance – specifically theater – to create a space in which we can examine and interrogate the assumptions behind white, masculinized, heteronormative privilege and power.” Her research concerns the stakes of race and performance, particularly the ways in which whiteness and performance intersect.
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About Global Theatre
Created in 2015, the Global Theatre Performance Series brings international artists to the Quick providing the opportunity to explore the liminal spaces between art, theatre, and performance. This year’s series is curated by Dr. Megan Lewis, theatre scholar at University of Massachusetts Amherst.
In an ever-dividing world where identity lines are drawn in broad strokes of “black” and “white,” this international curation brings together two powerful artistic voices from South Africa to explore race, sexuality, gender, and identity in our contemporary world.
United by their mutual passion for the frank, powerful medium of live performance, these featured artists—Mamela Nyamza and Iain “Ewok” Robinson – each offer up work that explores, questions, reclaims, or makes visible the complexities of identities, be they racial, gendered, sexual, or cultural.
Together, this series offers a productive space in which to engage with difference, to listen for the other, and to witness each other with keen compassion and considered insight through the compelling medium of live theatre and dance.