Performing the Past: Living History Museums, Re-enactments, Pageantry
A theme park puts on a live slave auction even as Civil Rights activists occupy the stage. A Kansas community relives a Confederate raid on their town, all on Twitter. YouTube invites us to “Ask a Slave” questions about her work on George Washington’s plantation (and puts haters in their place). A resort in Mexico offers tourists a vacation package including the chance to play illegal migrant workers trying to sneak across the border into the U.S.
Museums, Renaissance Festivals, CosPlay, battle reenactments, social media. How do these performances remember, make sense of, re-do history? In this class we’ll take on these questions, and make some performances of our own.