What happened on Sept 11 2001 was a performance, and in this way it is totally different from much more fatal disasters that have occurred since then (including the devastating tsunami in Japan on March 11 2011). This event was fully constructed. It was designed and enacted and experienced. It changed lives. This is what I can never forget.
This is one of the reasons that I think it is necessary to think deeply about performance, about how it is made, about what sorts of techniques it uses, and about how it affects the world around it. This is one reason why I and Matvei started the compendium Emergency Index, and why I think performance is broader and more urgent than any genre or art-form that gave birth to it. It is also why I think that the people who create performance should be given space to consider what they make, why they make it, and what it does.” - Yelena Gluzman
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