Countries

Afghanistan

Argentina

Australia

Cambodia

Ghana

India

Israel

Kenya

Kilibati

The Netherlands

Palestine

Peru

Serbia

South Africa

Sri Lanka

Uganda

United States


Conflict Type

In this inquiry the case studies are grouped to reflect the nature of the violence and the stage of the conflict:

  • In the midst of violence
  • The aftermath of mass violence and gross violations of human rights
  • Structural violence and oppression.

In the midst of violence, war, occupation, and state terror rip apart the fabric of community life and give rise to rage, hatred, and fear.  Performances stimulate creativity and help communities to non-violently resist abuses of authority.

In the aftermath of intense violence, performances embody memories to help communities build relationships and imagine a different future.  They can celebrate identity while acknowledging interdependence, even among enemies.  They offer a place where justice and mercy can coexist.

Where there has been structural violence and oppression, performances strengthen relationships within and between societies struggling with the dynamics of dislocation and inequality. Performances give voice, seek justice, and address conflicts in productive ways.