This Friday, UNC Greensboro, the UNCG Art Truck and Storyhound Theatre examine this question in the culmination of a three-month collaborative experiment at The Greensboro Project Space. The March 2 event is free (donations accepted), and doors open at 5:45 p.m.
The Body Project is “equal parts event and artistic investigation,” according to organizers, and they will present the results of creative research of 30 artists in theatre, dance, visual arts, film, music and poetry. The group of artists, which includes UNCG students, alumni, faculty and staff, unmake and rebuild the human body through the lens of four “humors” – the basis of medicine and psychology, beginning with ancient Greeks through Shakespeare, up to the advent of modern medical research, according to Greensboro Project Space website.
Each collaborator will draw on one of four humors: black bile, yellow bile, phlegm or blood. These correspond to the gallbladder, spleen, brain, liver and to four distinct temperaments that were central in the nature of many characters in literature, especially in the work of Shakespeare and other early modern writers.
5:45 p.m. Doors open
5:45 p.m. 6:45 p.m. Viewing art that investigates the four humors
6:45 p.m. Welcome and introductions
7 p.m. Performances begin
10 p.m. End