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The Case of the Spectator

The Case of the Spectator

Created and Performed by María Jerez
American Premiere

Four Performances Only!
September 23 & 24 at 8PM
September 25 at 7PM and 9PM
Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel Street

Solo performer María Jerez is both sleuth and video artist in The Case of the Spectator, a surreal thriller tinged with subversive humor. Equipped with a television and video camera, Jerez plays an armchair femme fatale who unravels the mysterious murders of a series of blonde bombshells. Over the course of the evening, Jerez deconstructs and reimagines iconic mid-twentieth-century crime fiction.

Performance artist María Jerez has worked with dance, theatre, and visual artists in Madrid and Paris since 1997. In 2001, she began creating solo performance works. Both The Case of the Spectator and This Side Up were developed with the support of the University of Alcalá de Henares in Madrid. Her performance work has been featured in acclaimed theatre festivals across Europe and in Canada.

Co-produced by MUGATXOAN 2004—Arteleku Gipuzkoako Foru Aldundia, Fundaçao Serralves. With the collaboration of In-Presentable 2004 and Aula de Danza Estrella Casero of the University of Alcalá de Henares.

Performed in English.

For mature audiences. Please contact the Box Office at 203.432.1234 if you have further questions about the themes or content of this production.

Running time: approximately one hour

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Talk Backs

Q&A sessions with María Jerez will be held immediately following performances on Thursday, Friday, and the 9PM performance on Saturday.


Tuesday, September 21, 6-8PM
Theater Studies Ballroom, 220 York Street, Room 101

Audiences are invited to participate in an interactive studio session with María Jerez.

Co-Sponsored by Yale Theater Studies Program

Lecture: My Screens are Killing Me, or Watching Hurts

Lecture by Sue-Ellen Case, Distinguished Professor and Chair,      Department of Theater, UCLA
     Director, UCLA Center for Performance Studies
Response by Laura Wexler, Professor, American Studies, Women's,
     Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Yale University

Wednesday, September 22, 5:30-7PM
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, Room 208

The Case of the Spectator joins other works in the field of new media that explore the location of the spectator, the spectacle, and the spec-actor in the environment of recursive looping. The interaction between the live body and its mediated avatars is catalyzed by images and narratives of violence, specifically against women, that offer momentary snap-shots of meaning and identification. This talk will address some of these strategies of representation in Jerez's performance, as well as in others, in an attempt to trace just how identity is formed and lost in the loop.

Sue-Ellen Case is Distinguished Professor of Theater at UCLA, where she directs the PhD in Theater and Performance Studies and the UCLA Center for Performance Studies. Her books include Feminism and Theatre, The Domain-Matrix: Performing Lesbian at the End of Print Culture, and Performing Science and the Virtual. She has edited numerous anthologies and authored over 35 articles in the fields of feminist and lesbian critical theory and performance.

Co-sponsored by Yale Theater Studies Program and the Whitney Humanities Center