Aerial View of Brandeis UniversityPerformance and Power

PERFORMANCE AND POWER: A DIALOGUE

 

In fact, power produces; it produces reality;
it produces domains of objects and rituals of truth.

--Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish, 194

 

Acquired, in-body techniques for use
in performance need not constitute structures
or systems for unreflexive, mechanical
reproduction as in the Foucaultian sense
of the subjugated body. Rather techniques
of the body should be understood as resources
for negotiation that knowledgeable agents
deploy critically in specific performances
either for complicity or resistance.

--Margaret Thompson Drewal,
"The State of Research on Performance in Africa," 7

 

Liberty is a practice.

--Foucault, "Space, Knowledge, and Power,"
in The Foucault Reader, 245