TRAINING DAY is a live art diversity workshop, exploring the languages and performances of diversity and multiculturalism in American institutional spaces. TRAINING DAY replicates and deconstructs diversity discourse through participatory attempts at transformation.
The three hour diversity workshop is led, in part, by diversity counselor clowns who reference different institutional modes of performing diversity, multiculturalism, anti-oppressive ethics, and tolerance. Embodying these villainous personas, the FELLOWS lead audiences on a semi-improvised journey through the trials and tribulations of diversity work. If institutional diversity is a game, the only way out is through. To that end, the workshop uses media, dance, and team-building activities to take audiences through the many stages of diversity performance, offering games of collectivity as decolonizing forces. Snacks included!
Informed by research on racialization, institutional diversity, representation, and futurity, TRAINING DAY pushes diversity training to its edges, to its most absurd abstractions, asking participants to consider the underlying assumptions and contradictions of performing the sanitized norms of diversity and inclusion in the era of neoliberal multiculturalism and institutional absorption.
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DIVERSITY FELLOWS! is a critical camp collaborative. The FELLOWS, Marc Boucai and Reya Sehgal, are grounded in performance training from L’Ecole Internationale de Jacques le Coq and the American Conservatory Theater, and educated in queer theory, postcolonial theory, performance studies, and public humanities from UC Berkeley and Brown University. They unite theory, politics, and physical performance in their collaborative work. The FELLOWS have shown their work at UC Davis; AS220, Providence; the Arab American National Museum, Detroit; Panoply Performance Lab, Brooklyn; and Distillery Gallery, Boston. They are Diversity Fellows at the Rhode Island School of Design 2017-2018. As part of their RISD residency—a year of research into how RISD performs and practices institutional diversity—the FELLOWS will present a series of events this March, including an artist talk and new performance work. www.diversityfellows.com
TRAINING DAY Cast + Crew
Director: Vanessa Gilbert
Dramaturg: Lily Mengesha
Performers: Marcel Mascaro, Nasir Terry, Anita Castillo-Halvorssen, Ziyi Yang
Production Support: Andy Russ
Props/Design: Brooke Goldstein and Steven Lubecki