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17. 5. 9:00
(420 minút)

Studio 12


Theatre in Conflict Zones

Theatre is an integral part of civic life and thus naturally reflects on social events. Whenever a conflict interferes with the life of a community, theatremakers aspire to process it artistically.

The central theme of the upcoming conference is the ability of theatre to influence social cohesion and to positively shape the healing process following domestic or international conflicts. The relationship between theatre and war has always been essential in the history of theatre art. War has been the main subject matter, or at least motif, of nearly all big works of world drama since ancient theatre. Theatre is an integral part of civic life and thus naturally reflects on social events. Whenever a conflict interferes with the life of a community, theatremakers aspire to process it artistically. What are the means they select to reflect a war that is tangibly present in their country’s everyday life? What are the possibilities of contemporary theatre in conflict zones? The conference will invite a discussion about theatre as a platform for dialogue, an instrument of reconciliation and revitalization of society. Emphasis will be put on how limitations in all areas of life can be overcome.
At the conference, eminent international experts will present their contributions – Ugandan pedagogue and theatre theorist Jessica Kaahwa from Makerere University in Kampala, Sudanese director and actor, and member of UNESCO Artists for Peace, Ali Mahdi Nouri, Iranian director and writer Mehrdad Rayani-Makhsous from Azad University in Tehran, Croatian playwright and professor at the Academy of Dramatic Arts University of Zagreb Darko Lukić and Italian director, art director of Astràgali Teatro and European ITI vice-chairman Fabio Tolledi.

Programme of international conference:
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Presentation of participants  
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Introduction by Vladislava Fekete (director of Theatre Institute and festival Nová dráma / New drama), Tobias Biancone (Director General of ITI), Viera Dubačová (theatre director, activist and member of National Council of Slovakia), Octavian Saiu (moderator of the conference)
10:30 a.m. Fabio Tolledi: Theatre and War (Italy)
11:00 a.m. Jessica Kaahwa: Understanding Complexities of Participatory Theatre in Specific Contexts (Uganda)
11:30 a.m. Ali Mahdi Nouri: Theatre in conflict zones (Sudan)  
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch  
2:00 p.m. Mehrdad Rayani Makhsous: The application of Iranian Theatre in conflict and crisis situation (Iran)
2:30 p.m. Darko Lukić: Theatre, Trauma and Cultural Memory in Post-Conflict Societies (Croatia)  
3:00 p.m. Discussion