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La MaMa ETC presents
ACTING TOGETHER ON THE WORLD STAGE:
A CONFERENCE ON THEATRE AND PEACE BUILDING IN CONFLICT ZONES
Theatre Without Borders
Theatre Without Borders, presented by La MaMa ETC and in affiliation with Brandeis University, announces ACTING TOGETHER ON THE WORLD STAGE: A CONFERENCE ON THEATRE AND PEACE BUILDING IN CONFLICT ZONES, September 23-26, 2010 in New York City. This conference brings together theatre and performance practitioners from around the world to share their experiences with artists, activists, educators, policy makers, and the general public.
ACTING TOGETHER ON THE WORLD STAGE grows out of a five-year initiative of Theatre Without Borders and Brandeis University. During this time, Theatre Without Borders members have attended gatherings and explored, with the guidance of peace-building scholar/practitioners, a range of questions about the relationship between the arts and conflict transformation. ACTING TOGETHER ON THE WORLD STAGE will begin a year of programming to disseminate the documentation of artists working in conflict-zones worldwide in contexts of direct and structural violence and in the aftermath of mass violations of human rights. At the conference, TWB and Brandeis will launch a documentary film and a website and plans for an upcoming anthology.
TWB is a grassroots, volunteer, virtual community of individual theatre artists around the world who are committed to international exchange. This conference has no formal funding and guests are being sponsored by hosting organizations, including universities, Cultural Affairs divisions of embassies, foundations, and theatres. All are welcome!
Thursday, September 23 – Sunday, September 26, 2010
Ellen Stewart Theatre, La MaMa ETC, 66 East Fourth Street, NYC 10003 www.lamama.org
WORKING AGENDA – Please note that this agenda is subject to change!
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 remarks by Devanand Ramiah, Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, UNDP, and a brief Q & A with Cynthia Cohen, Brandeis University and Allison Lund, filmmaker.
7:30-8 RECEPTION hosted by Brandeis University
8:15-9:45 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 DOORS OPEN
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); Shahid Nadeem, Ajoka Theatre (PAKISTAN); Gũlgũn Kayim (CYPRUS/USA); Mahmood Karimi-Hakak (USA/IRAN)
3:45-6pm PERFORMANCE IN DIALOGUE – Welcome, Mia Yoo
The Club Theatre, 74A E. 4th Street/seating limited
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"
Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, Siena College (IRAN/USA)
Dialogue Impossible? "The Glass Wall"
Dawn Saito, Fordham University (USA)
“Sword of Sea”
Federico Respeto, Loco7 (USA)
Excerpts from “Room To Panic” Scene Titles – “Coming to terms with yesterday to move forward today” And “Trying to get two feet on the ground and take it from there”
(Archive open by appointment 11:30-5:30pm and Ellen Stewart Lobby available for meetings)
6-7:30pm CULTURE ON CANVAS: CONTEMPORARY BURMESE ART Exhibit and Reception – Richard Streiter, Curator
La MaMa Galleria, 6 East 1st Street
(EXHIBIT HOURS: Thurs-Sat 1-8pm, Sun 1-6pm)
VOICES FROM CAMBODIA (In Khmer with Translation)
Ieng Sithul sings “The Birth of Sam and Bopha” and “Our Land’s Compassion” from the contemporary opera Where Elephants Weep (Composer Him Sophy).
Chhon Sina and Ieng Sithul perform 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.
Ieng Sithul performs a scene from a Cambodian story Lea peakriyea tov tak domrey. Morthav the village witch doctor guides elephant catchers in performing a ritual for the souls and spirits of territory, mountains, forest, plants, rocks, and those that safeguard elephants and elephant ropes. The ritual offerings are placed on the highest hill from afternoon to midnight. The next morning, the elephant catcher blows his horn and, as he leaves the house his wife follows, handing him his bag of supplies for a three-month journey to catch "tadpoles," a codeword for elephants, so as not to alert the spirits. Ieng will use two kinds of flutes (Saneng and Pey).
“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 DOORS OPEN
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); Fritzie Brown, CEC Artslink (USA); Georgiana Pickett, 651 ARTS/Africa Exchange (USA) – Great Jones Street Studios, 4th Floor
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, 47 Great Jones Street Studios, 3rd Floor
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) –
Great Jones Street Studios, 5th Floor
5. Story Circle Workshop: John O'Neal, Junebug Productions (USA) – The Club Theatre
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
9:30-10am DOORS OPEN
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, The CUNY School of Professional Studies, MA in Applied Theatre and CAT Youth Theatre (USA); Ali Mahdi, Albugaa Theatre & The Theatre in Conflict Zones (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
This conference was made possible
With Support from:
651 ARTS/Africa Exchange; Brandeis University; Nathan Cummings Foundation Arts and Culture Program; Fordham University; The Public Theater; The Romanian Cultural Institute of New York
And in Association with:
7 Stages, Atlanta; Brown University; CUNY/Creative Arts Team; Immigrants Theatre Project; The Lark Play Development Center; The League of Professional Theatre Women, International Committee; New York Theatre Workshop; New York University; TCG – ITI/US Center
With Special Thanks to Dr. Sue Snyder, arts education IDEAS, LLC www.aeideas.com; Bernard Lewis; Joe Mantello; Michael Neill; Meile Rockefeller; David Sherman; Richard Streiter; Sunrise Packaging
With Additional Thanks to Ellen Stewart, Mia Yoo, Mary Fulham, Denise Greber, Nicky Paraiso, Beverly Petty, Daniel Nelson, Melissa Slattery, Billy Clark, Frank Carucci, and the entire La MaMa Staff; Morgan Jenness; Gian Marco Lo Forte; Kathleen and Henry Chalfant; Fordham University: Elizabeth Margid, Dawn Akemi Saito, Matthew Maguire; Nerou Cheng; Darek Keo; Phally Chroy; Frank @ Famiglia 8th Street; Toni Shapiro-Phim; Chanveasna Chum; Fred Frumberg; Bunrith Suon; Patrick Fagan; Erin Levendorf; Morm Sokly; Lisa Rothe, The Lark; Liz Frankel, Public Theatre; Eric Sillen, Club Quarters Hotel; Anna Schmidt, NYU; Chris Vine and Helen White, CUNY; Jose Luis Valenzuela @ The New Los Angeles Theatre Center; Frank Hentschker, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center CUNY; Jessica Litwak; Ethan Cobb; and many others….
CONFERENCE PLANNING COMMITTEE
Daniel Banks, David Diamond, Catherine Filloux and Roberta Levitow
Daniel Nelson and Sarah Rae Murphy
Debby Brand, Arielle Julia Brown, Cosmin Chivo & InterArtGroup, Jessiee Datino, J.J. El-Far, Tracy Francis, Amen Igbinosun, Joan Kane, Ji Yun Lee, Jenny Nissell, Gamal Palmer, Tim Pracher-Dix, Sahar Sajadieh, Garret Scaly, James Simmons, Amy Singerman, Sarah Cameron Sunde, Jenny Tibbels-Jordan and many others….
Unless otherwise noted, all events take place in the ELLEN STEWART THEATRE.
*Donations to support Theatre Without Borders will be gratefully accepted at the registration desk or by one of our volunteers. Thank you!*
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
September 20, 2010, 4PM-8PM: An Open Rehearsal for all interested university departments to attend, as well as the general public. At the McMahon Hall Lounge (Room 109)*. A reading of a new play by Cambodian playwright/actor Chhon Sina, PHKA CHAMPEI (FRANGIPANI), about a sex worker and victim of domestic violence who lives in a slum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Translated from Khmer to English by Suon Bunrith.) Directed by Dawn Akemi Saito, Artist-in-Residence, Theatre and Visual Arts at Fordham University at Lincoln Center. To be read by professional and Fordham student actors. At the end there will be an open discussion.
*McMahon Hall Lounge (Room 109)
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
September 22, Time TBA:
Belarus Free Theatre reading of CHARONVILLE
by Nikolai Khalezin of the Belarus Free Theatre
Original translation by Yuriy Koliada and Rory Mullarky
Dramaturgical and translation assistance by Erik Ehn
In 1979, a 39-year old journalist named Ian McIntosh finds himself in a small town called Charonville and attends the funeral of a local man—the infamous mobster John Dillinger, who, contrary to legend, was not killed by the FBI, but lived his life out in this remote Midwestern town. Slowly Ian realizes that Charonville has been the refuge of many more legends who died under mysterious circumstances—including the King of Rock and Roll. And when Elvis disappears from town, Ian begins to discover the reasons so many of the famous “departed” ended up in Charonville.
The Lark Play Development Center
939 Eighth Avenue, Suite 301 (btw 55 & 56), New York, NY 10019
September 22, starting 6:30pm:
“BROOKENYA!” HOMECOMING, location TBA in Manhattan, with special guest Kitche Magak from Kenya.
To celebrate Kitche’s return to NYC—he's presenting at the conference—we're having a potluck benefit, so bring something to eat or drink, and—if you can—$15 to help pay for Kitche’s airfare.
We are also celebrating the exciting news that a Nairobi media company wants to distribute “BrooKenya!” throughout Africa. And, we are launching a campaign to build the Community Theatre Internationale so that we can do more kick-ass projects like “BrooKenya!” For those of you who don’t know about “BrooKenya!”: Back in 2003, Kitche and I got together a bunch of folks in Brooklyn, NYC and Kisumu, Kenya to ‘create community through performance across borders local and global’. We ended up making an intercontinental grassroots soap opera called “BrooKenya!” But more than that, we built friendships that made our world a little bit better. This was most visible during the Kenyan crisis, when our web of creative friendship was able to get money from the US to Kenya. With American friends supporting them, friends in Kenya risked their lives to use that money to buy food to feed starving refugees across the tribal line. Together, we saved some lives a month before international aid agencies arrived. I believe these kinds of linkages go even deeper and are part of creating the new social infrastructure for the world that is coming.
For more information about Community Theatre Internationale click on the The Story of BrooKenya! and visit http://www.brookenya.org/. It will be held at 375 Lincoln Place, #1C, Brooklyn (click on address for map.)
To attend the “BROOKENYA!” HOMECOMING, please contact Kate Gardner at email@example.com for more information. Thanks, Kate Gardner, director, Community Theatre Internationale and WorldEnsemble ‘creating community through performance across borders local and global’
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
September 26, 6:00pm-8:00pm
*BY INVITATION ONLY
The League of Professional Theatre Women/International Committee
New York Theatre Workshop, 4th Street Theatre, 83 E. 4th Street
September 26, 7:30pm-11:30pm (Performances begin at 8:30pm)
HYBRID THEATRE WORKS Post-Conference Party & Performance forum ( Bowery Wine Co.)
Hybrid Theatre Works- a production company dedicated to performance and peace-building will be sponsoring an end of the conference party in conjunction with their monthly artist response forum performance series. A select group of international and American artists will be asked to create a short artistic response to a specific world event. This forum is to help encourage artistic engagement with world events, and close the lapse time between world events and artistic response. This will be a great opportunity to see a variety of artistic responses in a shared environment, while celebrating the end to the conference. Party will be held at Bowery Wine Co. E. 1st. St. between Bowery and 2nd, only 2 blocks from the conference. Party will start at 7:30pm with half price food and drink specials with performances from 8:30-9:30 and the party will continue until 11:30. FREE ADMISSION ! ALL ARE INVITED!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3
3-day conference • New York City • Sept 30 – Oct 3
“Performing the World 2010 Conference: Can Performance Change the World?”
Performing artists, community organizers, theatre workers, educators, scholars, youth workers, students, social workers, psychotherapists, psychologists, medical doctors, health workers, and business executives are coming from 31 countries to discuss/perform that question and their responses to it. Performing the World 2010 is well underway. Nearly 100 presentations, workshops and performances will be featured at this year’s Performing the World, including presentations dealing with performance, health and wellness.
Registered attendees of the Acting Together conference and members of Theatre Without Borders are being extend a special discount rate of $200. Please indicate that you are from TWB when contacting us at: www.performingtheworld.org
Performing the World 2010 brings together artists, activists, young people and scholars from dozens of countries, all of whom are involved in the emergence of performance as a new way of relating to, understanding and transforming the world. The conference is open to all. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org, or 212-941-9400 x 385
Acting Together on the World Stage