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The Process Series 2019-2020: Crossing Boundaries presents “Survival, Economies, Music”

May 1, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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One event on May 2, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Survival, Economies, Music

Written by Toshi Reagon

See information below on the Virtual Performance!


A new musical by Artist-in-Residence and Mellon DisTIL Fellow, Toshi Reagon. This work is part of a series focusing on migration/immigration as a way we engage with survival, economies, and music. Created in collaboration with Professor Renee Alexander Craft, Professor Joseph Megel and COMM 665 students.

Produced in collaboration with Carolina Performing Arts.

You Are Invited 

Comm. 665: Performance, Politics, and Culture

Spring 2020 VIRTUAL Final Performance

7pm EST | Saturday, May 2

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Webinar ID: 958 6190 4780

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The Process Series;  New Works in Development

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The Process Series: New Works in Development 

Comm. 665 is an arts-based inquiry into the ways in which performance and theatricality structure contemporary politics, culture, and everyday life, as well as the ways in which artists utilize performance as a mode of political engagement. Our Spring 2020 course was taught by Department of Communication Professors Renée Alexander Craft and Joseph Megel in collaboration with international musician, artist, and Andrew W. Mellon Creative Futures Fellow Toshi Reagon. This was the first course in a multi-year collaboration.


Using The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates, New York Times 1619 Project, and The Watchmen created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons as our anchoring texts and media, we have focused on memory, race, and activism.  With the help of Toshi Reagon, we engaged with the urgency and necessity of song in mobilizing communities toward liberation. Taken together, these resources gave us an opportunity to reflect on the importance of story-telling—written, spoken, and sung—as modes of survival. They allowed us to explore the ways tactics of the past might unlock pathways for liberation in the present.


The class’s final performance, which is tied together and amplified by Toshi Reagon’s music, features student’s personal narratives and inter-generational interviews that represent their reckonings with race and belonging. We also have included an excerpt from a student performance written in response to The Water Dancer and 1619 Project.


We are proud of the work our students have done and hope that you will join us for the performance.



About the Process Series

Dedicated to the development of new and significant works in the performing arts, The Process Series features professionally mounted, developmental presentations of new works in progress. The mission of the Series is to illuminate the ways in which artistic ideas take form, to examine the creative process, to offer audiences the opportunity to follow artists and performers as they explore and discover, and by so doing to enrich the development process for artists with the ultimate goal of better art and a closer relationship between artists and audiences. Immediately following each performance, we ask our audiences to join in the creative process, providing feedback critical to the development of the work as it moves forward. All performances are free and open to the public. The Series has supported over sixty artist residencies since its inception, with many of the projects going on to significant future lives both nationally and internationally.

The Process Series, housed in the Department of Communication, celebrates renewed partner-ships with PlayMakers Repertory Co,  (Making Tracks series), Dramatic Art (Theatrical Translation Festival), Carolina Performing Arts (As One and Toshi Reagon), and Arts Everywhere (19th Amendment Project). Along with the College of Arts and Sciences and sponsoring departments from Art, English and Comparative Literature, and American Studies, we are working to develop new works that underscore the connections among the arts, humanities, and the sciences. 


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May 1, 2020
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Process Series