LSU HopKins Black Box Welcomes Violet Juno on Sept. 30
BATON ROUGE – LSU’s experimental theatre, the HopKins Black Box, welcomes performance artist Violet Juno, who will perform “(I am still here) Language Has Left The Building” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30.
Counting the languages learned and lost over the generations in her family history, English is Juno’s sixth language, so perhaps it comes as no surprise that this performance investigates the intriguing dynamic between language and language(less)ness. Recounting stories from the classroom, the ICU ward and Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Juno explores how words express and shape who people are and what people think they know.
The performance interweaves theatrical props and costumes, evocative movement, layered text and a three-dimensional form of cognitive mapping.
As a multidisciplinary artist, Juno is a dynamic performer and expert educator in performance art, performance text, and arts integration. Since 1990, Juno has guest lectured at 16 universities and performed and exhibited at 70 venues in more than 30 cities in the United States, Canada and Scotland. Highlighted venues include Performance Space122, PS1, Museum of Modern Art and Poets House in New York City; LACE and Highways in Los Angeles; Banff Centre of the Arts in Alberta, Canada; and Arches Theatre and the Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow, Scotland.
In addition to her solo work on stage, Juno creates site-specific performances in unusual settings such as abandoned military batteries, underground train yards and farm haylofts. Juno also creates sound performance work as part of the duo “Red Vixa” with sound artist, musician and composer Ron Coulter.
Juno has taught students aged 3 to 73. She believes everyone should have access to the arts, and it shows in the range of contexts in which she has taught for the past 20 years: universities, arts organizations, city programs, public schools, migrant camps, homeless shelters, a tribal reservation school, and a safe house for orphans without citizenship papers. From 1995-1998, Juno founded and directed the 4D Institute for Live Art, where she worked with community members to explore and share their stories through performance art.
Juno’s residence is partially supported by the LSU Student Performing Arts Fee. For more information about the artist, please visit http://www.violetjuno.com/.
The HopKins Black Box is located in room 137 Coates Hall at LSU. Donations for all performances are gratefully accepted at the door. For information or to request seats, contact the Department of Communication Studies at 225-578-4172.