Disturbing the Peace

Creation in Crisis

May 27 2022 • 43 mins

In today's episode, we are looking at the history and legacy of the 1960s civil rights movement in the US with respect to how it wielded the power of performance to trigger political change. We are more or less familiar with the ways in which politicians use performance to gain political power, but how do the marginalised use it to subvert power?

We ask: What is an 'authentic' performance?  What is the responsibility of the artist during moments of political strife? What is the banality of sublime virtuosity, and who is excluded from the utopias we create on stage. Our guests today are Elisabeth Clarke-Hasters - dancer, choreographer and teacher who now devotes her time to anti-discrimination coaching in the performing arts - and John-Paul Zaccarini, Professor of Performing Arts at Stockholm University, as well as a touring poet and former performer in dance and contemporary circus. He is the founder of Future Black Spaces, a project that invites artists of colour to share their experiences of otherness.

Credits: Created by: Farhad Mirza and Declan Mee Presenter: Farhad Mirza Guest Contributors: Elisabeth Clarke-Hasters, John-Paul Zaccarini Script: Farhad Mirza Script editor: Declan Mee Sound engineering: Farhad Mirza Music: Farhad Mirza Additional Music: Nobody Knows the Trouble I have seen - Bayard Rustin Bury My Body - Bayard Rustin