April 5, 2011-Center for the Arts in Society - Carnegie Mellon University

PosterStaging Water Rites

Tuesday, April 5; 4:30 PM; Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

D. Soyini Madison, Professor of Performance Studies, Northwestern University

“If the wars of the twentieth century were fought over oil, the wars of this century will be fought over water.” Ismail Serageldin (Former vice-president of the World Bank, 1995)

The talk will consider water as a human right and examine “acts of activism” by water democracy advocates in Ghana, West Africa and their struggle to protect public water systems from corporate privatization. Woven throughout the presentation are excerpts from a staged performance in 2006 at UNC Chapel Hill, entitled “Water Rites” that dramatized the politics and poetics of water. Through digital imagery, comic satire, dramatic monologue and theories of performance, the talk will explore ethnographic fieldwork on water activism as well as our human relationship with water.