Whispering at Princeton

Thursday, Dec 5, 2019

By Alejandro Martínez

On November 25 "The Whisperers", a performance directed by the Argentine theater director Vivi Tellas, took place at Princeton. Students, faculty and staff walked through the campus together while reading various texts about Latin America in a quiet voice.

Reading works by Diamela Eltit, Pedro Lemebel, Rita Segato, César Vallejo, Aimé Césaire, and many others, and in various languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, French, English and Czech, participants' whispers set the pace of the walk through the interstices of different buildings on campus. The performance was an experiment on reading and its potential for public intervention

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Photo by Jonathan Romero

First held in 2017 in tribute to the writer and professor Ricardo Piglia, this year "The Whisperers'" theme was about recent events in Latin America.

The walk ended in front of the Fountain of Freedom where the participants read for a minute as loudly as possible.