chapter  8
In the Name of Human Rights: I Say (How) You (Should) Speak (Before I Listen)
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A dangerous ethnography seeks to enter surfaces, but, moreover, enters what is often hidden in plain sight the convolutions and complications below the surface, the systems that generate and keep surfaces in place. The major work of performance ethnography is to make performances that do the labor of advocacy and do it ethically to inspire realms of reflection and responsibility. Stage performance becomes a dynamic space where response-ability, advocacy, and ethnics are heightened and ultimately culminate. Performance scholar Jill Dolan reminds that utopian performatives aim for 'a different future, one full of hope and reanimated by a new, more radical humanism'. This chapter explains a utopian performative, within critical performance ethnography, 'flips the script' on danger through the ontology of performance. The current historical moment requires morally informed performance and arts-based disciplines that will help people recover meaning in the face of senseless, brutal violence, violence that produces voiceless screams of terror and insanity.