Seminar Leaders:
Natalia Pérez, University of Southern California
Sherry Velasco, University of Southern California

Performance in Theory in Early Modern Iberia and Beyond


Saturday, February 17, 2024

Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA
Smith Board Room
9:00 am – 5:00 pm (PT)

Please complete the RSVP form by February 9, 2024.

This symposium is an interdisciplinary conversation among colleagues interested in the tension between the immediacy of performance and the so-called “stability” of academic texts. Presentations will consider the gaps or relationships between performances/performers and scholars/scholarship. In short, this symposium examines where theory and performance meet. See the conference program for a full schedule.


Sound Presentation with Natalia Pérez: “Iberian Farsa in the Age of Technological Reproduction”


Puppet Performance with Jason E. Yancey: “Transgressive Revelations: Performing Entremeses with Shadow Puppets in Theory and Practice”


“Indigenous Knowing, Mission Myths, and Performance of California Mission Music”


“Gone with the Wind: Morisco Popular Music in Early Modern Spain”


“Dance and Devotion: Performative Aspects of Inquisitorial Trials”


“Contesting Performance Theory with Ailing Bodies in Transit: Diamela Eltit’s Protest Repertoire in Sumar


“Knowledge and Habit: Recovering Corporeal Techniques from Early Modern Spanish Martial Arts Treatises”


Puppet Performance with Esther Fernandez: “Transgressive Revelations: Performing Entremeses with Shadow Puppets in Theory and Practice”

Image Credit: Sebastián de Covarrubias Horozco. Emblemas morales. Madrid: Luis Sánchez, 1610. Courtesy of the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.