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A Performance Manifesto by Virginia Grise

This performance manifesto seeks to replace individual self-care with collective self-defense. This is one artist’s reflection on living with post-traumatic stress disorder, near-blindness, ansia, the master cleanse, testosterone and eczema in the new age of trigger warnings and kickstarter funded self-care. Based on lessons learned in San Antonio free health clinics and New York acupuncture schools; from the treatments and consejos of curanderas, abortion doctors, Marxist artists, community health workers, li’l mama assassins and bourgie dermatologists.

Part performance, part lecture, part writing workshop (cuz I shouldn’t be doing all the work) this talk is unprocessed and gluten and guilt free.

Because Capitalism is toxic and The Revolution is not in your body butter.

About the artist: From panzas to prisons, from street theatre to large-scale multimedia performances, from princess to chafa – Virginia Grise writes plays that are set in bars without windows, barrio rooftops, and lesbian bedrooms. Her play blu was the winner of the 2010 Yale Drama Series Award and was recently published by Yale University Press. Her other published work includes The Panza Monologues co-written with Irma Mayorga (University of Texas Press) and an edited volume of Zapatista communiqués titled Conversations with Don Durito (Autonomedia Press). She is a recipient of the Whiting Writer’s Award, the Princess Grace Award in directing and the Jerome Fellowship. Virginia earned her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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