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Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project

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In Austin, Texas, in 2002, a group of artists, activists, and academics led by performance studies scholar Omi Osun Joni L. Jones formed the Austin Project (tAP), which meets annually in order to provide a space for women of colour and their allies to build relationships based on trust, creativity, and commitment to social justice by working together to write and perform work in the jazz aesthetic. Inspired by this experience, this book is both an anthology of new writing and a sourcebook for those who would like to use creative writing and performance to energize their artistic, scholarly, and activist practices. Theoretical and historical essays by Omi Osun Joni L. Jones describe and define the African American tradition of art-making known as the jazz aesthetic, and explain how her own work in this tradition inspired her to start tAP. Key artists in the tradition, from Bessie Awardwinning choreographer Laurie Carlos and writer/performer Robbie McCauley to playwrights Daniel Alexander Jones and Carl Hancock Rux, worked with the women of tAP as mentors and teachers. This book brings together never-before-published, must-read materials by these nationally known artists and the transformative writing of tAP participants. A handbook for workshop leaders by Lambda Literary Awardwinning writer Sharon Bridgforth, tAP's inaugural anchor artist, offers readers the tools for starting similar projects in their own communities. A full-length script of the 2005 tAP performance is an original documentation of the collaborative, breath-based, body work of the jazz aesthetic in theatre, and provides both a script for use by theatre artists and an invaluable documentation of a major transformative movement in contemporary performance.

Table of Contents

Framing the work. Making space: producing the Austin Project — Finding voice: anchoring the Austin Project's artistic process — Working the work: an anthology of Austin Project writings. Polyphony: writings by ensemble members — Call and response: performance pieces by Austin Project guest artists — Affirming connection: pre-show artists' performance texts — Spoken-word orchestra: a full script from the Austin Project jam session, December 2005 — The work of transformation. Transforming practice: artists, activists, and academics working across boundaries — Work of the spirit: a conversation with an Austin Project elder — Narrating the Austin Project: the first five years.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780292779723
Subtitle:
Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Creative writing
Subject:
American poetry -- Women authors.
Subject:
Speech
Subject:
DRAMA / General
Subject:
Dance-Miscellaneous Other Dance Forms
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main_subject
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all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100701
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
376

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Arts and Entertainment » Art » General
Arts and Entertainment » Art » History and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Drama » General
Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Jazz
Education » General
Humanities » Philosophy » Aesthetics
Reference » Speech and Debate
Reference » Writing » General

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