The challenges confronting humanity – wars, growing inequalities, authoritarian regimes, and more – call for urgent creative attention beyond linear approaches that have proved insufficient.
Acting Together on the World Stage addresses these challenges in distinct, constructive, transformative ways.
ATWS is an educational documentary initiative co-sponsored by:
Program for Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University | Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College | ProgressivePictures | Theatre Without Borders.
The purpose of the Acting Together project is to document, strengthen and celebrate the contributions of theatre and ritual to conflict transformation. It’s primary method is to engage artists, leaders of ritual, cultural workers and peacebuilders who are working in regions of violent conflict and oppression in documenting and reflecting on their work, and sharing their stories and performances with others.
The project brings the discourses of two very large fields – Performance Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies – into generative relationship, without privileging one discourse over the other.
The people in the Acting Together project whose stories you will hear, and whose performances you will witness balance their aesthetic and political interests in quite different ways. They desire to share stories about successes, but also to engage in dialogue about questions, dilemmas and limitations.
Please let us know how you are using the documentary and tools, how people are responding, and what we could do to make these resources more useful. We feel ourselves to be part of an emerging arts, culture and conflict transformation ecosystem. We would love to hear from you.
We welcome your participation
Acting Together collects the different experiences of performance in zones of conflict. Our methods are different, but our objectives are the same. We are under one umbrella. We move together.
Leader, Unesco International Theatre Institute, Sudan