The LSU Communication Studies Department will present “Racy,” a collaborative theatrical performance about race, racism and reconciliation Wednesday through Sunday, April 22-26, in the HopKins Black Box Theatre, Room 137, Coates Hall on campus.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m., with the Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m.
The show uses creative movement, personal narratives, poetry and dance to examine race and features eight performers who created the show using Brazilian theatre practitioner Augusto Boal’s Image Theatre techniques. Image Theatre asks performers to use their bodies to describe internal states in external ways, making thoughts, feelings and ideas that are usually invisible into visible sculptural forms.
“We have created different poses we call ‘body-masks’ to capture personal experiences living in raced bodies and with racism,” director Bonny McDonald says. “We hope that these masks will serve as symbols of different social positions and characters.”
The cast recently held a workshop addressing race at Baton Rouge Community College’s Arts Fest, where participants created statues out of their own and each others’ bodies describing topics such as “race relations in Baton Rouge.”
“Through the sculpting exercises, I realized that my race plays a major role in my identity; it’s something I can never separate from myself, because it’s attached to me,” say cast member Cessali Fournier.
The show ends in a short Image Theatre exercise and discussion session.
Donations will be accepted at the door for all performances. For more information, call (225) 578-4172.