La MaMa ETC presents:
Acting On The World Stage: Theatre and Peace Building In Conflict Zones
by Theatre Without Borders
New York - September 23 - 26, 2010
New York City's La MaMa ETC will play host to an interesting conference this September that looks at the role and possibilities of using theatre as a tool to build peace. There is an address for Theatre Without
"After September 11, a group of theatre artists founded the group," she says, "we were working internationally. I worked a lot in Cambodia - work to do with genocide and human rights. I'd been embraced before, but after that, there was a chill." She cites a growing list of visa problems for artists trying to collaborate and work abroad, including up to the present day, trying to iron out paperwork for Cambodian artists attending the conference.
The conference has a number of co-presenters, among them Brandeis University. "One thing we've been working on with Brandeis University is a book on theatre and peace building in conflict zones." That book will be presented to kick off the conference's opening night on September 23, along with a screening of the documentary film of the same name.
You can check out the trailer here.
"It's needed in the world," she says of both the conference and its message. "reaching both the theatre and pace building communities. The goal is to reach the largest number of practitioners in either field, and offer things that work."
More detailed information about the conference, including an agenda, at this link.
Peace image courtesy of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory