Drum circle fosters new approach to peace
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Acting Together Documentary
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Exploring the contributions of arts and culture to peace
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News from the Field:
The idea for the upcoming Theatre of the Oppressed "Joker Tsunami" originated from a group of Ukrainian Human Rights activists involved in the current protests in the country. For more than two months, the people of Ukraine have been protesting in the streets. However, the protesters and the government are becoming more and more willing to use violence to solve their differences. The main conflict is not only about "EU vs. Russia" but perhaps more crucially about 45 million people (the population of Ukraine) increasingly asking themselves fundamental questions about how to live a dignified life in times of merciless economic globalization and an ever growing unaccountable and deeply corrupt political elite that systematically denies the people of Ukraine some of their most basic human rights.
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The “Joker Tsunami” is a fully self-organized, self-financed, grassroots initiative. A total of six three-day workshops, each culminating in a final, interactive performance will be carried out in five cities of Ukraine, geographically covering the whole country (see map). It will bring together seven Theatre of the Oppressed practitioners from six countries to promote the creation of spaces for dialogue for Ukrainian citizens from different walks of life to analyze the past in the context of the present with the goal to imagine and practice their ideas for a better future.
The Tsunami organizers are inviting you to make a financial contribution to support the effort. The total budget of the initiative is 3,000 USD and includes all travel, accommodation and workshop expenses. So far, the group has raised approximately 1,500 USD amongst its organizers. If you are interested in contributing, please contact email@example.com.
Watch a set of YouTube videos for further information on the nature of their proposed action: video 1, video 2, and video 3. Visit the Facebook page. Thank you. Dyakuyu (Ukrainian). Spasivo (Russian).
Read a full description of the group's work and aims.
Listen to Hector Aristizabal, who recently visited Ukraine and has deep hope that people rather than politicians can resolve their differences through dialogue and art, speaking on an Los Angeles radio show on March 4, courtesy of Uprising Radio. Aristizabal is the founder and artistic director of ImaginAction, a nonprofit theatre arts organization in Los Angeles. In the segment, he speaks about his work, his observations in Ukraine, and explains the symbolism of the term "joker" used by practioners of Theatre of the Oppressed in their approach to human rights.
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Acting Together documentary: “Acting Together on the World Stage”
This remarkable 54 minutes documentary highlights courageous and creative artists and peacebuilders working in conflict regions, describes exemplary peacebuilding performances and offers tools for the creative transformation of violence. Order your copy now.
Acting Together anthology: “Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict” is a two-volume work describing peacebuilding performances in regions beset by violence and internal conflicts. Volume II focuses on the transformative power of performance in regions fractured by "subtler" forms of structural violence and social exclusion. Order your copy now.