Lecture: “Moving Trans Politics: The Shapes of Activism in the Performances of Pó Rodil”
A look into the movement-based practices of performance artist and activist Pó Rodil with a focus on how aesthetics shape discourse and action around the politics of gender in Puerto Rico. Looking at performance in circulation from the queer club to the protest site, this lecture advances a theory of trans choreopolitics in contemporary Puerto Rico.
Workshop: “Choreographing Revolutions: On the Kinesthetic Dimensions of the Political”
Using the Summer of 2019 protests in Puerto Rico as a case study, this workshop looks at performance studies theories of movement to understand political action. We will look at the kinesthetic dimensions of protest performance—from logistical mapping of group actions to the shared intimacies of touch.
Dr. Rivera-Servera’s research focuses on 20th and 21st Century performance in North America and the Caribbean with special emphasis on the ways categories of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality are negotiated across national borders through migratory circuits of circulation and exchange. His work documents a wide array of performance practices ranging from theatre and concert dance to social dance, popular music, fashion, and speech. He has published extensively on queer latinidad, dance, sexual politics (Performing Queer Latinidad: Dance, Sexuality, Politics-Michigan Press, 2012) and most recently Solo/black/woman: Scripts, Interviews, and Essays (co-edited volume, Northwestern University Press, 2013) as well as Blacktino Queer Performance: An Anthology of Scripts, Essays, and Interviews (Duke UP, 2016).