Ross Louis

Scholarly Retreats
Type of work
Scholar, Performing Artist

Ross Louis is a performance scholar/artist who works as a Professor of Performance Studies and co-director of the Performance Studies Lab at Xavier University of Louisiana. In 2019, he was a faculty in residence at the Université de Lyon 3 and a Fulbright research fellow at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale (France). His recent performance work includes an adaptation of Richard Wright’s haiku (This Other World) and a series of site-specific performances in New Orleans and Montréal based on Georges Perec’s “An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris.” His current project Erratum examines the everyday remnants of French colonial slave practices in New Orleans and in France by producing a series of participatory, site-specific performances. The first in the series explored links between the transport of plants by 18th century French explorers and the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The performance created during his residency will revolve around a notebook that engages audiences in creative dialogue with archival materials and physical elements of a New Orleans site that is linked directly or indirectly to the French colonial slave trade.