n this discussion I share historical and ethnographic research on divine gifts that are experienced by Pentecostals during communal rituals which feature driving music, auto-affective techniques, and dissociative states. Such gifts include glossolalia or “speaking in tongues”, faith healing, snake-handling, and ecstatic movement. I discuss the beliefs that frame the believer’s understanding of such experiences—pneumatology, soteriology, and eschatology—and consider the cultural significance of the tradition in the American South. This presentation will be accompanied by exercises in auto-affective uses of voice and gesture that were developed while researching an interdisciplinary performance work that engages aspects of the tradition.
I will present the second draft of this piece with dancers Audrey Baran, Hanna Blackwell, and Brittany Skala. There will be two showings, one at 8:30pm and another at 9:30pm. Triptych Collective artist Megan Payne will present a dance film in between showings. $5 suggested donation.