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Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project (Paperback)

Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic: Art, Activism, Academia, and the Austin Project By Omi Osun Joni L. Jones (Editor), Lisa L. Moore (Editor), Sharon Bridgforth (Editor) Cover Image
By Omi Osun Joni L. Jones (Editor), Lisa L. Moore (Editor), Sharon Bridgforth (Editor)
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In Austin, Texas, in 2002, a group of artists, activists, and academics led by performance studies scholar Omi Osun Joni L. Jones formed the Austin Project (tAP), which meets annually in order to provide a space for women of color and their allies to build relationships based on trust, creativity, and commitment to social justice by working together to write and perform work in the jazz aesthetic.

Inspired by this experience, this book is both an anthology of new writing and a sourcebook for those who would like to use creative writing and performance to energize their artistic, scholarly, and activist practices. Theoretical and historical essays by Omi Osun Joni L. Jones describe and define the African American tradition of art-making known as the jazz aesthetic, and explain how her own work in this tradition inspired her to start tAP.

Key artists in the tradition, from Bessie Award–winning choreographer Laurie Carlos and writer/performer Robbie McCauley to playwrights Daniel Alexander Jones and Carl Hancock Rux, worked with the women of tAP as mentors and teachers. This book brings together never-before-published, must-read materials by these nationally known artists and the transformative writing of tAP participants. A handbook for workshop leaders by Lambda Literary Award–winning writer Sharon Bridgforth, tAP's inaugural anchor artist, offers readers the tools for starting similar projects in their own communities. A full-length script of the 2005 tAP performance is an original documentation of the collaborative, breath-based, body work of the jazz aesthetic in theatre, and provides both a script for use by theatre artists and an invaluable documentation of a major transformative movement in contemporary performance.

About the Author

Omi Osun Joni L. Jones is Director of the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies and Associate Professor of Performance Studies in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin.

Lisa L. Moore is Associate Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Sharon Bridgforth is the Lambda Literary Award–winning author of the bull-jean stories and love conjure/blues. She is a member of New Dramatists and served as the Anchor Artist for the Austin Project from 2002–2009.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780292722873
ISBN-10: 0292722877
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication Date: July 1st, 2010
Pages: 392
Language: English
Series: Louann Atkins Temple Women & Culture Series