Christopher Grobe

Assistant Professor, Amherst College

3:30 pm15:30

Performance and Media

  • Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences

Part of day-long symposium on "Performance And..." for the Rutgers Department of English.  A roundtable with Carrie Preston (Boston University) and Autumn Womack (Rutgers University), to be followed by a keynote by Shannon Jackson (UC-Berkeley).

"... when the theater brings new media technologies onstage, it refines—sometimes, even invents—the feelings that will attach to them.  Since these technologies, in turn, change how we understand our own bodies and feelings, theater and media move through history together—neither knowing which has taken the lead."
7:00 pm19:00

Of TV Actors and Technodollies

  • Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center

A talk at SUNY-Buffalo as part of a symposium on "Acting as Technology" with Jacob Gallagher-Ross (SUNY-Buffalo) and Shonni Enelow (Fordham University).

"The technologized body; ghosts of others in our innermost selves; the elaborate programs and codes behind “naturalness”—these are not only the themes of Orphan Black, they are also its essential condition as performance."
1:00 pm13:00

Why It's 'Easier to Act with a Telephone than a Man'

a lecture for the Performance Studies Working Group at Yale

"As Cocteau says in his preface to La voix humaine, scenes on the phone give the actor "the chance to play two parts: one when she speaks, the other when she listens and limns the person who speaks only in silence."  That person, of course—the one who speaks in silence—is the secret sharer of the one who speaks in words.  It is the actress, after all; it is the character herself, talking to herself, forever."

6:00 pm18:00

On Book: The Performance of Reading

  • Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University

a lecture for the Modernism Seminar

More than wormholes to a textual elsewhere, after all, books are also things to hand. ‘The relation a reader has to a book is also a relation between two bodies,’ Karin Littau reminds us, ‘paper and ink … flesh and blood.’ Bookish performance enacts this relation over time, heeling the reader roughly to the book’s material and textual demands.
5:00 pm17:00

Why It's 'Easier to Act with a Telephone than a Man'

  • English Department, Harvard

a lecture for the American Literature Colloquium

With the telephone’s help, actors discovered a new approach to their craft. They learned to signify invisible realities, to be varied yet coherent characters, to be present onstage “subconsciously” as one actress would put it. In other words, telephones were the training wheels that steadied their first wobbly attempts at realism.

copyright 2015, Christopher Grobe