Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents

The Theater Doesn't Need Us: Performance and the Posthuman

Panel Discussion: Manuela Infante with Annie Dorsen

May 3, 2019

Although decades have passed since the discipline of theater has been defined by realistic representations of humans or even language, the suggestion that theater need not rely on humans at all may perplex even avowed experimentalists. What does, or could, the theatrical form mean without the presence of actors, allusion to human existence, or the undergirding of humanistic inquiries?

In this conversation, preceding the May 3 performance of Manuela Infante's Estado Vegetal, Annie Dorsen and Manuela Infante, two renowned theater makers from the U.S. and Chile respectively, meet for the first time to discuss their distinct performances that radically unseat human presence, behavior, and ideology. Joshua Williams (Assistant Professor Faculty Fellow in the Drama Department at NYU Tisch ) joins the discussion to frame the discipline of theater as an art form that is changing in the "posthuman" era. Moderated by Infante's translator and BAC Story author Alexandra Ripp.

Manuela Infante
Estado Vegetal (N.Y. Premiere)
May 2 + 3, 7:30PM
Tickets: $25
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Estado Vegetal was developed, in part, during a BAC Artist Residency.

Leadership support for international residencies at BAC is provided by the Ford Foundation.

This engagement of Manuela Infante is made possible through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

BAC’s presentation of the New York Premiere of Estado Vegetal is supported by the North American-Chilean Chamber of Commerce.

Wine for the opening night reception provided with the generous support of ProChile and Wildmakers.