Performance Art Event ?Conversing With Covid? Happening in Jackson Square This Saturday
Oct 23 2020

Performance Art Event “Conversing With Covid” Happening in Jackson Square This Saturday

By: Brhea Washington

Conversing with COVID: A Happening to Personify the Pandemic provides a creative outlet for individuals to express themselves regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine. Conversing with COVID is a performance art piece with a mission to spread healing and take ownership of your craft, as a reminder to express oneself and enjoy each breath of life. The performance piece, created by Ilyssa Galloway, takes place this Saturday, October 24, at 6 p.m. in Jackson Square.

Participants can sign up to give a five-minute performance of a piece, whether that's dance, song, musical instrument, spoken word or poem, or the medium of their choosing. Go to to register. Participants can also choose to stand in silence for the duration of their five-minute time slot to symbolize those who have been silenced due to the pandemic. Participants are asked to wear all black with a hint of red (red shoes, scarf, etc.), to wear a mask and socially distance, and to arrive 10-15 minutes before 6 p.m. Prior to the performance, participants will also be given a not-yet-inflated red balloon, which, at the end of their performance, they will blow up to signify the containment, spread, and unpredictable nature of COVID-19.

Conversing with COVID will allow those who have been silenced a platform and space to share their stories through performance, while also highlighting the ability to connect creatively and to fight against COVID-19 throughout the pandemic. The red balloon provided for the performance piece represents the spread of COVID-19 throughout the country. It is also a symbol of hope—although we live in uncertain times, this will not last forever, similar to an inflated balloon that eventually deflates. Conversing with COVID's demonstrative performance art is meant to personify the pandemic, providing a voice to all impacted by the pandemic, despite inhibited times.

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