Acting Together on the World Stage: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict
Brandeis University’s Peacebuilding and the Arts Program and Theatre Without Borders
Sunday, April 29th
Leeway Foundation office
1315 Walnut Street, Suite 832, Philadelphia 19107
Dr. Cynthia Cohen, director of Brandeis University’s Peacebuilding and the Arts Program, will present the one-hour documentary, which chronicles the work and thoughts of performing artists, playwrights, educators and activists engaged in the transformation of conflict in places as far-flung as Serbia, Peru, Uganda, the United States and elsewhere. Dr. Cohen will answer questions following the screening.
The Acting Together Project:
From the boundary of human suffering and human possibility emerges a story that offers hope to our war-weary world. It is a story that arises on a contested boundary, but not the kind of boundary that divides peoples at war. It is rather the border between the violence and inequity of our current condition and the more just and peaceful world we seek, terrain where artists and peacebuilders engage people in creative acts of courage and moral imagination.
Acting Together, a collaboration between Brandeis University and Theatre Without Borders, has been exploring this terrain for the past six years. The project documents peacebuilding performance, highlighting artists, peacebuilders and community leaders from every continent whose rituals and theatrical works speak truth to power and support communities to mourn losses, seek justice and build bridges across differences.
Witness their courageous acts in the documentary. Read their stories in the anthology. Gather your community and plan peacebuilding performance initiatives, using resources in the toolkit. Join the Acting Together conversation, with your own acts of courage, compassion and resolve.
Watch a preview of the film or visit New Village Press to purchase your own copies!
For more information about the screening on April 29th, contact Toni Shapiro-Phim at the Philadelphia Folklore Project: 215-726-1106; firstname.lastname@example.org.