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S-P-O-R-T-S-P-L-A-Y

Event Time: Thursday, April 21, 2022 5:00 PM to Monday, April 25, 2022 5:00 PM

Event Location: TBD

S-P-O-R-T-S-P-L-A-Y

A campus-created tailgate performance project Created by Mike Durkin
Developed and Presented by the Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts and partners across campus
Fall 2021 and Spring 2022
 
T-E-X-A-S A-G-G-I-E
Fight! Fight! Fight-fight-fight!
Fight, Maroon! And White-white-white! A-G-G-I-E Texas! Texas! A-M-C
Gig em! Aggies! 1-2-3! Farmers fight! Farmers fight! Fight! Fight!
Farmers, farmers, ght!
- The Spirit of Aggieland
 
The concept of sports brings various peoples, communities, and towns together to cheer on their favorite team. Sports can also separate those very same groups.  Sport is inherently combative: team vs. team, player vs. player. This versus mentality finds its way on and off the field.  We live in a country where division and isolation are abundant and ongoing. Sports have the capacity to bring unlike-minded individuals together. What can gestures, moves, routines, and plays unlock in daily life? In cities, towns, and college campuses rich with sports history fan culture runs deep.  Traditions run deep.  Superstitions run deep.  These traditions are what define the culture on campus and create future legacy.
 
S-P-O-R-T-S-P-L-A-Y is a community-based installation performance confronting, celebrating, and challenging these traditions.  In collaboration with departments on campus and community members, multidisciplinary artist Mike Durkin will present a series of hybrid performance works focused on the intersection between sports (football), community, and campus. The performance will consist of community-building, dance, theatre, storytelling, installation, and athletics created and presented by students, faculty, and staff modeled after a tailgate occurring in spaces near Kyle Field.
 
Through athletic movement (sport and dance), we can see the body as visual poetry in addition to health/strength conditioning, and it’s shared properties between forms.  Through sports as a catalyst for change, we will view sports through social, racial, and political lenses to find common ground.  Through sports history, we can see the legacy of the game and how we balance the preservation of the past and progressing to the future.
 
Mike plans to facilitate story-sharing circles (huddles) and workshops (scrimmages) beginning in November 2021 and bringing together a wide variety of participants across campus. These engagements will develop a performance in which participants are the creators and performers.  The scrimmages will blend community dialogue, sport, and improvisation, combined with documentation of tailgates via interviews, videos, and photography, which will give a panoramic understanding of how sports impact our communities and lives. These engagements will culminate in a S-P-O-R-T-S-P-L-A-Y tailgate performance in April 2022.

For more information on Mike Durkin, www.therenegadecompany.org
For more information on versions of S-P-O-R-T-S-P-L-A-Y: https://mddurkin.wixsite.com/ghtsongs