Moving in a haiku manner: the performance process of This Other World

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This work was supported by the Faculty Resource Network at New York University through a Scholar in Residence award and Xavier University of Louisiana through a sabbatical award.


Department of Communication Studies

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This essay traces the process used to create This Other World, a site-specific performance that staged adaptations of Richard Wright’s posthumously published haiku in conversation with excerpts from his Native Son and Black Boy. Rather than privilege the performance outcome of this project, the essay describes its collaborative approach to research, haiku chance system of scripting, devised gestural language, and interaction with the outdoor space. The process-based movement that occurs along the path to performance holds value as its own product of staging literature.