“Always (K)new” – Theatrical Performance
200 N Milledge Ave
Athens, GA 30601
Always (K)new is an original cross-cultural theatrical oral history project that draws from stories of LGBTQ individuals collected in Georgia, Colombia, and Brazil. It is being developed in collaboration with Alberto Tibaji, an internationally recognized theatre artist from Brazil who specializes in using autobiographical techniques in devising original movement/text pieces drawn from personal narratives. The Willson Center, the Latin American Caribbean Studies Institute, the Portuguese Flagship Program, the department of theatre and film studies, and the LGBT Resource Center are collaborating to bring Tibaji to campus for a 10-week artistic residency this fall.
“This piece is not theatrical storytelling in the traditional sense,” observed Professor George Contini of the department of theatre and film studies. “The stories we’ve collected provided an amazing wealth of images, anecdotes, and emotions around the issues of gender and identity. Always (K)new serves to weave them as a tapestry. But similar to the very formation of identity, sometimes the words and images sync and other times they repel one another.”
In describing his work, Tibaji stated that through engaging with autobiographical techniques he is became convinced of their significance to both theatre and human rights activism. “The importance of real narratives in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights is undeniable but it is also important to fight for the formation of a new sensibility that can inspire respect for diversity in a broader sense and can queer traditional ways of telling life stories in theatre.”
Performances will be held Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 at 7.30 p.m. They are free and open to the public.
A panel discussion with Tibaji and others on Nov. 15 will examine the unique process being used in creating Always (K)new.