Leading scholars and practitioners are invited to each Encuentro to give keynote lectures that conceptually frame our discussions, situate the Encuentro topic within specific social contexts, and expand the theoretical debates in the field. These lectures have also been featured in special issues of our online journal, e-misférica.
Encuentros feature a wide range of performances daily, as groups and solo artists from the Americas share their work in theater, music, dance, performance art, street interventions, spoken word, online actions, cabaret/bar acts, etc. Multimedia installations and visual arts are also presented, and many are exhibited for the duration of the Encuentro.
The Trasnocheo series offers a late night performance venue for emerging and established artists to present short works or works in progress. The cabaret style creates a more relaxed atmosphere that encourages participation and experimentation.
During the first five days of the Encuentro, invited artists offer hands-on performance workshops to our participants for three hours each morning. Workshops cover a large range of performance practices and the visual arts, such as dance, mask-making, solo performance techniques, capoeira, digital photography, online 'hacktivism', mural painting, etc.
Round table discussions allow scholars, artists and activists to engage in diverse discussions with each other and with the Encuentro participants.
Conceived by Lois Weaver, the Long Table experiments with participation and public engagement by reappropriating a dinner table atmosphere as a public forum, and encouraging informal conversations on serious topics. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come to the table, ask questions, make statements, leave comments on the paper table cloth, or simply sit, watch, and listen.
Download the Long Table Etiquette here.
Our work groups emerged as an alternative to traditional academic panels, providing a critical space for in-depth exploration of a topic related to the Encuentro theme. Instead of presenting individual papers, members of each work group use their face-to-face time together to approach the group topic through discussions and/or alternative performative methods.
Associate Director, Arts and Media
The Hemispheric Institute
of Performance and Politics
New York University
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York City, New York 10003