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Portia Kamons

Acting Up: Documentary, Site-Specific and Verbatim Performance as Political Protest

Series: Performance, Protest and Politics, organised by Theo Lorenz
Date: Monday 13 January 2020
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 99 mins

In her lecture for the AA’s Performance, Protest & Politics series, writer and producer Portia Kamons considers a series of creative acts of protest that confront urgent issues of their time. From the public expressions of rage and fear that characterised ActUP protests at the start of the AIDS epidemic, to the student-led March for Our Lives, examples from documentary film, theatre, photography and interactive media illustrate how demands for change have been expressed through forceful, collaborative, creative acts. In this baffling time when our fundamental institutions and beliefs are being challenged, could relentless creativity and collective experience be the antidote to apathy and fake news?

Portia Kamons is a producer, consultant and writer with experience in theatre, live events, music and feature film. She is currently developing SEVENTEEN, a new multimedia work for symphony orchestra inspired by the youth-led movement for gun law reform in the USA, and is a producer with Danish web-based documentary platform, OTHER STORY.

Image: March for Our Lives. Protest for Gun Law Reform. Credit: Julia Walker

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