'It's the surprises that turn out to be so valuable', a conversation about Fluid States, Tracy C. Davis with Una Bauer

"If we want everything knit together, we are setting ourselves up for disappointment, rather than discovery. Because even when 500 people get together in the same city for [a Performance Studies international] PSi [conference], it doesn’t all knit together. Even when a PSi conference is meticulously curated around a theme, it doesn’t all knit together. And it’s the surprises that often turn out to be so valuable.
 
When I was able to open up the website earlier this month and look at the whole array of things and to explore whatever it was that different sites have managed to post up to that time, I looked at one and I thought – I have no idea what’s that going to be like. Then I opened another one and thought - I can’t imagine that one either. One after another, I kept having that experience of a kind of personal instability, because I didn’t know where I fit with it. And this also speaks to how we have become accustomed to reading calls for proposals. We read them and we want to know if we fit. Rather than reading them and thinking  - Wow, I would be coming in out of nowhere on this.
 
That would be Antarctica. I don’t know what I would bring, I don’t know if what I have would keep me warm, I would have to really trust the collective endeavor for survival and discovery. And that is exactly what I want."

Una Bauer was trying to play the Devil's advocate in this short interview with Tracy C. Davis on the innovative concept of a yearlong globally dispersed event named Fluid States: Performances of Unknowing that you can listen to here:



Tracy C. Davis is a specialist in performance theory, theatre historiography, and research methodology. She edits the book series Cambridge Studies in Theatre and Performance Theory. She is Director of the Graduate School's Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring initiative and Chair of Northwestern University Press's Editorial Board. She is Tracy C. Davis is a specialist in performance theory, theatre historiography, and research methodology. She edits the book series Cambridge Studies in Theatre and Performance Theory. She is Director of the Graduate School's Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring initiative and Chair of Northwestern University Press's Editorial Board. She is Immediate Past-President of the American Society for Theatre Research and a member of the Board of Directors for Performance Studies International.


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