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The Commons Festival Weekend

May 30, 2019 - June 1, 2019


The Commons is a new initiative devoted to supporting performance artists and fostering local creative community and discourse in and around the Triangle, in partnership with UNC Summer Arts, UNC Department of Communication, and INDY WEEK. Three performing artists/artist groups were selected for proposals that particularly challenged performance conventions, invited audience co-creation, took artistic risks, and demonstrated pressing timeliness for this community in this moment. The artists have been in residence and hard at work at CURRENT since May 7 and will show their works there May 30-June 1. Tickets are only $5 and are available here:

Megan Yankee, Qué gringa, que gringa (excerpt: On the Wretched Narrow):

Justin Tornow, Performance as Responsive Practice:

Eb. Brown, Daniel Coleman, and Joie Lou Shakur, Nu Mas(k)ulinities: An Interactive Performance Ritual

The Commons Festival Weekend also features several free events to support and uplift local artists and arts writers. Please RSVP at links below:

Preserving the Ephemeral: Archiving for Artists:

Defining Your Artistic “Why” and Getting the Grant: A Two-Part Workshop for Performing Artists:

Roundtable: Arts Writing and Criticism in the Triangle:

We’ll gather at Bowbarr after each show to keep talking and celebrate our artistic community.

Keep up with critical writing about the residencies and performances at The Commons Crit, an experimental arts journalism platform hosted the INDY WEEK website: 4 pieces have been posted with more to come before and after the festival.


May 30, 2019
June 1, 2019
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Carolina Performing Arts
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CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio
123 West Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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