La MaMa E.T.C. presents:
Theatre Without Borders
ACTING TOGETHER ON THE WORLD STAGE:
THEATRE and PEACEBUILDING in CONFLICT ZONES
September 23-26, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
5pm MEET & GREET
5:30 WELCOME AND ORIENTATION
"ACTING TOGETHER: PERFORMANCE AND THE CREATIVE TRANSFORMATION OF CONFLICT"
A film by Cynthia Cohen and Allison Lund
Tells the stories of courageous and creative artists, cultural workers and peacebuilders working in zones of conflict. http://www.brandeis.edu/ethics/peacebuildingarts/
Introduction by Dan Terris, International Center for Ethics, Justice & Public Life, Brandeis University
Followed by brief remarks by Devanand Ramiah, Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, UNDP, and a panel discussion with Cynthia Cohen, Brandeis University and Allison Lund, filmmaker.
7:30-8 RECEPTION hosted by Brandeis University
8-9:30 PERFORMANCE FOLLOWED BY TALKBACK
“BUCK WORLD ONE” (USA)
Developed under the guidance of playwright and University of California, Riverside Professor of Theater Rickerby Hinds. Buck (sometimes called Krump) is an energetic, expressive and very physical new dance form that grew out of South Los Angeles neighborhoods. “Krump or Buck is a form of expression often related to praise dancing that explores and addresses themes such as violence in the community, police brutality and the civil-rights movement.” Young people with no formal dance training gather in church fellowship halls, playgrounds, parking lots or any neutral space each week throughout Southern California to participate in “krump battles” in which they use dance moves instead of bullets. “Buck World One” portrays how the worlds might have begun 13.7 billion years ago — from the universe, the Earth, continents, countries and neighborhoods down to the individual - showing that everyone is part of the larger picture.
Friday, September 24, 2010
9-9:30am COFFEE & TEA
9:30-9:45am WELCOME AND ORIENTATION
Dr. Barbara Love, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"CONFLICT & TRAUMA: Strategies for Transformation and Healing”
In “The Teeth May Smile But the Heart Does Not Forget”, author Andrew Rice grapples with the trauma produced by violence and conflict on individual lives as well as the entire society in the Uganda of Idi Amin. The ongoing trauma produced by violence and conflict in Liberia, Rwanda, Sudan, Sri Lanka, the Americas, and other parts of the world hurts the human spirit and marks the soul. Humankind needs healing to reclaim our capacity to transform ourselves and the societies that cluster us. This discussion reflects on strategies for healing and the extension of soul healing to the transformation of the world.
AFTERMATH: HUMAN RIGHTS AND RECOVERY:
Facilitator Catherine Filloux (TWB, USA) With Ieng Sithul, Chhon Sina, and Rithisal Kang (CAMBODIA); Pauline Ross (NORTHERN IRELAND); Hjalmar-Jorge Joffre-Eichhorn (AFGHANISTAN); William Yellow Robe, Jr. (ASSINIBOINE TRIBE, PART OF THE SIOUX NATIONS)
12:30-12:50pm SHAKE IT UP SESSION - Forum Theatre with Chris Vine and Helen White (Creative Arts Team).
Lunch table conversation: "The Emerging Generation" Moderated by J.J. El-Far and Tracy Francis – The Club Theatre, 74A E. 4th Street
Lunch table conversation: “Responses to the ACTING TOGETHER Documentary” with Cynthia Cohen & Allison Lund – The Club Theatre
IN THE MIDST OF VIOLENT CONFLICT:
Facilitator Roberta Levitow (TWB, USA) With Dijana Milosevic, DAH Theatre (SERBIA); Lee Perlman and Aida Nasrallah (ISRAEL); Rubina Feroze Bhatti (PAKISTAN); Gũlgũn Kayim (CYPRUS/USA); Mahmood Karimi-Hakak (USA/IRAN)
3:45-6pm PERFORMANCE IN DIALOGUE - Host, Mia Yoo
Naomi Newman, A Traveling Jewish Theatre (USA)
"Through An Old Woman’s Eyes; Stories and Lamentations About the State of the World and How to Repair the Mess"
Dawn Saito, Fordham University (USA)
“Sword of Sea”
Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, Siena College (IRAN/USA)
Dialogue Impossible? "The Glass Wall"
6-7:30pm CULTURE ON CANVAS: CONTEMPORARY BURMESE ART Exhibit and Reception –
La MaMa Galleria, 6 East 1st Street
EXHIBIT HOURS: Thurs-Sat 1-8pm, Sun 1-6pm
VOICES FROM CAMBODIA (In Khmer)
Ieng Sithul sings “The Birth of Sam and Bopha” and “Our Land’s Compassion” from the contemporary opera “Where Elephants Weep” (Composer Him Sophy). He also performs a scene from a Cambodian story Lea peakriyea tov tak domrey. There is a tradition in Cambodian villages that men, before leaving to hunt elephants, perform a ritual reminding their wives of the things they should not do. It is a superstition that if the wife combs her hair or cooks a certain soup the husband will encounter bad luck in the forest. Ieng will use two kinds of flutes (Saneng and Pey).
Chhon Sina performs from “The Tooth of Buddha” a new play by Morm Sokly, a Cambodian performer and playwright. The play is Poetry Theatre (Lakhaon Kamnap) and is done in spoken or chanted verse, portraying the miracle of Buddhism. In Cambodian poetry there are at least 53 styles of verse and 60 different ways of reciting. The sacred relic tooth of the Buddha and its eventual resting place in Sri Lanka is not a common subject for a contemporary stage play in Cambodia. The scene is about a husband and wife bringing this relic of the Buddha to a stupa. Chhon Sina is a playwright, actress and teacher from the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
“DISCOVER LOVE" - Belarus Free Theatre (BELARUS)
Written by Nikolai Halezin and Natalia Koliada
Directed by Nikolai Halezin
Choreographed by Olga Skvortsova
Music by DJ Laurel
Established in 2005 in response to repression in “Europe’s last dictatorship,” the award-winning Belarusian company—now outlawed at home—stages a gripping original drama based on the true story of dissident Irina Krasovskaya and her husband Anatoly, who was “disappeared” 10 years ago. Their wrenching story is interwoven with parallel instances of political intimidation and violence in Asia and South America. Belarus Free Theatre is devoted to presenting dramas by banned Belarusian playwrights, whose work it also translates and publishes abroad. The troupe first began performing in private apartments and has since won the backing of prominent playwrights such as the late Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard and Václav Havel, as well as numerous artistic and human rights organizations. Performed in Russian with supertitles in English.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
9-9:30am COFFEE & TEA
9:30-9:45am WELCOME AND ORIENTATION
James Thompson, University of Manchester, UK
"An Incident of Cutting and Chopping: A performance lecture on the Bindunuwewa child soldier massacre in Sri Lanka 2000"
The performance lecture explores a child soldier massacre in Sri Lanka in 2000 and is based on James' work in Sri Lanka since that time. It asks questions about the relationship between theatre practitioners and the contexts in which they work, and where responsibilities lie when things go wrong. 'An Incident of Cutting and Chopping' is linked to a commemorative project about the massacre that has been developed in Sri Lanka in the years since the event and draws on material in the opening chapter of James' book 'Performance Affects'. The performance is part of a broader project researching and developing performance projects in sites of armed conflict that James has directed since 2004 - In Place of War (www.inplaceofwar.net)
CONFLICT UNDER REPRESSION:
Facilitator Daniel Banks (TWB, USA) With Natalia Kaliada, Belarus Free Theatre (BELARUS); Roberto Varea, Argentina (USA/ARGENTINA); Iman Aoun, Ashtar Theatre (PALESTINE); Manijeh Mohamedi (IRAN); Ruth Margraff (USA/INDIA)
12:30-12:50pm SHAKE IT UP SESSION – Playback Theatre with Hannah Fox and Mizuho Kanazawa (Big Apple Playback)
Lunch Table Conversation: “Theatre Artists in Iran" - led by Torange Yeghiazarian with Ayat Najafi; Manijeh Mohamedi; Mahmood Karimi-Hakak – The Club Theatre, 74A E. 4th Street
Lunch Table Conversation: "Using Devised Theatre in Conflict Zones" – led by Iñigo Ramirez de Haro – The Club Theatre, 74A E. 4th Street
REBUILDING SOCIETY AFTER VIOLENT CONFLICT:
Facilitator Deborah Asiimwe (UGANDA)
With Maria Draghici, laBOMBA and Bogdan Georgescu, Generosity Offensive (ROMANIA); Dale Byam, Brooklyn College, Theatre for Development in Africa (USA); Adalet Garmiany, ArtRole Iraq-US Exchanges (IRAQ); Zane Lucas, Theory X Media (ZIMBABWE); Lillian Manzor, Cuba/Latina Theatre Archive (USA/CUBA)
1. International Beginner’s Guide: David Diamond, Host; Marcy Arlin, Immigrants Theatre Project (USA); Cecily Cook, Asian Cultural Council (USA); Georgiana Pickett, 651 ARTS/Africa Exchange (USA)
2. International Video Conference: Billy Clark, International Program Director; Catherine Filloux, Curator; FAVILEK Women Theatre Artists (HAITI); Morm Sokly (CAMBODIA); Eugene Van Erven (THE NETHERLANDS); Polly Walker (AUSTRALIA) - Culture Hub, Great Jones Street Studios
3. Theatre of Festivity: Ali Mahdi and Albugaa Theatre (SUDAN) --Great Jones Street Studios, 1st Floor
4. Forum Theatre: Iman Aoun and Ashtar Theatre (PALESTINE) – La MaMa, 1st Floor Theater
5. Story Circle Workshop: John O'Neal, Junebug Productions (USA) -- La MaMa, Club Space
6. Open Forum Sharing Session: Josh Perlstein and Lisa Schlesinger, Hosts - Ellen Stewart Lobby
"CROSSING THE LINE" - DAH Teatar (SERBIA)
Dramaturgy and direction: Dijana Milošević
Performers: Maja Mitić, Sanja Krsmanović Tasić, Ivana Milenović
Set design: Neša Paripović
Costume design: Dah Theatre Research Centre
Sound design: Jugoslav Hadžić
Light design: Radomir Stamenković
Organization: Ivana Damnjanović and Dejan Popović
This performance of Dah Theatre is based on texts from the book Women's Side of War edited by the Women in Black organization (2007). The book is a collection of authentic women's testimonies about the wars that had occurred in the former republic of Yugoslavia from 1991 till 1999. The book is the result of a year's research by Women in Black, and in cooperation with women's nongovernmental organizations in the region who are dealing with the past and human rights. Most of the texts have been already published in various books and in other publications created by these NGOs. They consist of testimonies, statements, letters and memories. They show the specific suffering of women in war, but also their courage and strength for surviving the trauma of war to re-establish normal life, and also the importance of solidarity with women beyond all borders and divisions. All testimonies are presented in the first person, without comments or any other kind of use or misuse. The main goal of the performance is to reach the audience not only on a verbal but, primarily, on an emotional and psychological level and to stimulate women to start speaking; to take note of and to express their own sufferings through recognizing the suffering of others; to develop solidarity; to become conscious about the essence of violence in war; to become more active in democratic processes; and to participate in building a righteous and long-lasting peace.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
ADVOCACY AND STRATEGIES FOR MOVING FORWARD:
Facilitator Erik Ehn (Arts in the One World, USA)
With Kitche Magak, Arts & Peace Building Program, Maseno University (KENYA); Emilya Cachapero, ITI US Center (USA); Cathy Zimmerman, MAPP International/Africa Consortium (USA-AFRICA); Ella Fuksbrauner, Bogota Festival (COLOMBIA); John Martin, PAN Intercultural Arts (UK); Torange Yeghiazarian & Lisa Rothe, Middle East American Play Initiative - Golden Thread Productions & The Lark Play Development Center (USA)
METHODOLOGY CASEBOOKS: HOW THEORY BECOMES PRACTICE
Facilitator Roberto Varea, (University of San Francisco, USA) With Chris Vine and Helen White, Theatre of the Oppressed, Creative Arts Team (USA); Ali Mahdi, Theatre of Festivity, Albugaa Theatre: (SUDAN); Joanna Sherman, Bond Street Theatre (USA); Jo Salas, Hudson River Playback Theatre (USA); Kwesi Johnson, Kompany Malakhi (UK)
1:10-1:30pm SHAKE IT UP SESSION – Hip-Hop Theatre, Daniel Banks (Hip Hop Theatre Initiative, USA) Kwesi Johnson (Kompany Malakhi, UK)
"SINNAR CRUCIBLE" - Albugaa Theatre (SUDAN)
Written and composed by Ali Mahdi
Performers: Gamal Abdelrahman; Tarig Ali; Gidier Mirghani; Awad Hassan; Abdelsalam Khalil; Ekhlas Noureldin; Amira Ahmed; Ibrahim Khadir; Mohamed Abdalla; Emam Hassan; Abdelaziz Mohamed; and Gasim Elelah Hamednalla.
Called a "Spectacle of Festivity Towards Indulgent Democracy", this performance comes from the Sudan Center for Theatre in Conflict Zones. The center's goals are research and performance in the meeting between Arabic and African cultures. The characters are "from our times" but they also are "the echo of the fathers", who are all meeting in the Sinnar Crucible. The play searches for solutions to the conflicts of war by retrieving the times of agreement.
5pm CONFERENCE ENDS