Performing Knowledge doesn’t just take place in the classroom. It takes place on the stage as well. By combining an array of disciplines, from the scientific to the poetic, from the musical to the essay, performance pieces developed within The Performing Knowledge Project seek to engage audience intellectually and emotionally in an exloration of ideas.
Although a number of projects tackling a diverse array of subjects are in their early phases of discussion, the Poetry in Performance series will inaugurate the Project’s performance work, this July at the Capital Fringe Festival with the production of Embodying Poe, a exploration of Poe’s poetic persona.
Generally speaking, there are two ways that poetry is presented to an audience. It is either recited by the poet in a literary event or it is performed at a Slam. The Performing Knowledge Project seeks to develop a different approach. The author’s poetic persona, like his or her voice, is unique to the poet and in many ways unique to the individual poem. That persona is the consciousness embedded in the poem that gives it its unique presence or consciousness, its unique perspective, and its unique sensibility.
In this unique poetry series, The Performing Knowledge Project seeks to tackle the question: what is the author’s poetic persona, exploring America’s founding poets, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, and Emily Dickenson.
Specific dates for Embodying Poe will be forthcoming.