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Student performance explores research on time

By Leslie King | Emory Report | Dec. 5, 2013

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Students rehearse for "Slices of Time" with artistic director Ken Hornbeck. Photo by Debra Vidali.

A performance highlighting the many ways in which concepts of time weave through our lives and our relations to each other will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at 5:30 p.m. in the Theater Lab of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.  

"Slices of Time: A Dynamic Performance Showcase," will be performed by students in Debra Vidali's anthropology class.

This experiment in ethnographic theater is based on original participant-observation and interview research and will be followed by an open discussion.

"This class project 'Slices of Time' documents how we experience time, in relation to work, play, human relationships, stress, speed, relaxation, prioritization and quality of life," says Vidali. "This particular show suggests that our relations to time are not always beneficial or harmonious."

Vidali created the Re-Generation Initiative in 2011, designed to foster civic engagement and community conversations through theater, storytelling, ethnography and multi-platform projects.  In fall 2012, four different original theater projects were developed with students at Emory, UCLA, Kennesaw State University and the Malmö University in Sweden.

"The overarching goal, as with all Re-Generation projects, is to provide insights into who we are and who we might be," Vidali says.  

The event is free and open to the public. Support comes from Theater Studies at Emory, the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, and the Department of Anthropology.