Bodies at Risk: Larissa FastHorse and Erich Jarvis

Monday, October 19, 2020 7:00 p.m. ET

In this unique interdisciplinary event, groundbreaking Native American playwright Larissa FastHorse and African American neuroscientist Erich Jarvis reflect on each other’s practices through a social justice lens and enact a public conversation with the audience around the intersection of the performing arts, race, and power. Moderated by scholar-artist and Fine Arts Center Associate Director of Programming, Michael Sakamoto.

Erich Jarvis was a high school student at the School of the Performing Arts in New York City. Upon graduation, he had to choose between continuing as a dancer and becoming a scientist. He chose science. Jarvis’ current work involves the study of neural and genetic mechanisms of spoken language using song-learning birds and other animals. Larissa FastHorse is a Sicangu Lakota playwright, director, and choreographer whose work radically engages Indigenous collaborators to explore onstage representations of the joys and challenges that the Native community faces.

Bodies at Risk is a series of creative conversations between BIPOC performing artists, educators, activists, and other experts working to shift American society’s understanding of the racialized body and social justice. These events aim to engage, move, and surprise audiences through artistic demonstration and intellectual curiosity. Artist and audience chat included in each event.