The Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, in partnership with Theatre Without Borders, has just published Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict, Volume I: Resistance and Reconciliation in Regions of Violence (New Village Press - Oakland CA, 2011). Volume II: Building Just and Inclusive Communities will be available in December.Read more and order. http://www.brandeis.edu/ethics/peacebuildingarts/actingtogether/
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 people 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 and build bridges across differences.
Dijana MiloševiŠ, Director of DAH Theater , also wrote a chapter in this book, about the work of her company .
In the fall of 2011, the project launches a feature-length documentary ("Acting Together on the World Stage"); a toolkit of videos and printed guides to aid educators, practitioners and policy-makers; and the first of two volumes of an anthology entitled "Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict" (New Village Press, 2011).