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19 September - 6 OctoberThessaloniki, Greece

Climate Change And Our Polarizing World

As the realities of climate change are upon us, how do we build connections with each other and not more walls? How do we recognize there is no “them”, that on this tiny blue ball, there is only “us” here? 

Planet Earth is a tiny living blue ball hanging in the middle of nowhere. Humanity is an even tinier (but powerful) living organism on the Earth. 

Climate change becomes more and more real. Ocean and wind currents are shifting, poles are melting, “extreme weather” brings drought, flooding, hurricanes, species extinction, affecting and impacting the earth and each of us in our everyday life. The Earth, of course, is experiencing trauma. Is it any wonder humanity is also in trauma, in ways we do not understand? 

One possible human reaction is to become more and more protective, leading to building emotional, psychological and physical walls. Populism and fascism are rising around the world. Another possible reaction would be to reach across the divisions we humans create in the natural world, and recognize that on this tiny blue ball, hanging in the middle of nowhere, there is no “them”…there is only “us” here. 

We are asking: What stops us from taking real, collective action on climate change? What do we need to embrace the fact that Climate Change is here and to respond? 

We are inviting you to join this powerful process of Power Play, led by David Diamond. Theatre artists / activists are gathering in Thessaloniki, Greece, to create short plays that ask how blockages are manifesting in our lives and getting in the way of us taking collective responsibility and action, in response to Climate Change. In Forum Theatre, we will collectively try to find human solutions to help us identify and move through the blockages. We are inviting you and your stories/ experiences to join us and create theatre together with us.

The Power Play process will last for 6 days: 19-23 September + 3 October (8 hours each day) and it will be led by the renowned theatre director David Diamond

David has adapted Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed into what he now calls “Theatre for Living” approaching the work from a systems perspective: www.theatreforliving.com.

The Power Play will be created by people from diverse backgrounds and walks of life from around the world. It will be performed as interactive, Forum Theatre and it will contribute to create the international conference Play, Perform, Learn, Grow (PPLG): Bridging Communities, Practices and the World, Thessaloniki, Greece, 4-6 October 2019. There is a limited number for maximum 15 participants. Participation in PPLG is an integral part of the process, and a requisite to participate in the Power Play process. We will provide an international stage with more than 250 people from more than 40 countries that will come together to build new communities.

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Participation Fee

The participation fee is 250 Euro (students: 200 Euro).
This fee includes registration fees of 100 Euro (students: 50 Euro) for full participation in the international conference PPLG 2019 - Play, Perform, Learn, Grow: Bridging Communities, Practices and the World (4-6 October, Thessaloniki, Greece).

In case of having already registered and paid fees for the PPLG conference, then the participation fee to the Power Play is 150 Euro.

Participation in PPLG is a requisite to participate in the Power Play process.

We will compose a group of maximum 15 participants, and reaching the maximum number of participants, we will close registrations.

Fees are required to be paid upfront in order to reserve your place, via PayPal/credit card or bank transfer. Once you register, you will receive an e-mail containing the details for this payment.

Venue

David Diamond Power Play will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece in the space "Kentro Bienestar", located in Vasilissis Olgas 181, Thessaloniki 54645:
www.kentrobienestar.com
www.facebook.com/kentro.bienestar

Schedule

David Diamond Power Play consists of 6 working days, 8 hours per day (including an hour for lunch and short breaks) in the days:

from Thursday 19th to Monday 23rd September AND 3rd October 2019: 
10.00 - 18.00

The Play(s) developed by the group will be performed in, and will contribute to co-create, the international conference PPLG 2019: 4-6 October 2019.

Participation in PPLG is an integral part of the process, and a requisite to participate in the Power Play process.

The training language will be a physical, simple and easy-to-understand English. 

Accommodation

For participants who wish to find accommodation in Thessaloniki, we organized, for the days of the Power Play in September, a shared accommodation in a flat in Thessaloniki, located in the centre, close to the workshop space. The cost is 15€ per night.
If interested, write to us: francesco@anamuh.org

Contacts & Additional information

For additional information visit our website: www.anamuh.org .

For any doubts or question, don't hesitate to contact us:

Francesco Argenio Benaroio
francesco@anamuh.org
+30.231.2132296 / +39.349.6416894 (+WhatsApp)

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Facilitator

David Diamond
BFA, D.Litt.

As a Co-founder in 1981 and Artistic Director since 1984 of Theatre for Living (formerly known as Headlines Theatre) David has directed community specific theatre projects and trainings throughout Canada, the US and Europe, as well as in Namibia, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Australia, New Zealand, India, Palestine and Singapore. Subjects range from violence in all its forms to addiction, intergenerational conflict, mental health, language reclamation, the legacy of Canadian Native Residential Schools and Reconciliation, homelessness, climate change, globalization, and species and habitat protection, to name just some. He has pioneered the development of live, interactive Forum television and web casting.

He is the originator of Theatre for Living, a merging of Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, and his own life-long interest in systems theory. Theatre for Living recognizes communities are complexly integrated living organisms and invites them to engage in constructive social change, moving from various forms of violence to respectful engagement.

David is the recipient of many theatre and human rights awards, including an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of the Fraser Valley and the Otto René Castillo Award for political theatre. He is also a visiting Faculty Member, UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies, University of Innsbruck in Austria and Visiting Theatre Director at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta, Canada.

He is the author of many published articles and Theatre for Living: the art and science of community-based dialogue (winner of the American Alliance of Theatre and Education 2008 Distinguished Book Award), which is also available in German by Ibidem under the title Theater Zum Leben and in Spanish by Caligrama under the title Teatro para la Vida.

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Organized by

ANAMUH - Arts for Dialogue contact@anamuh.org

ANAMUH is a not-for-profit social initiative aimed at establishing and sustaining a space for communitarian dialogue through the use of Theatre and Arts.

We are a group of enthusiast socially-committed artists and theatre practitioners: we believe that Theatre and Arts can make a sustainable positive change within people, in communities, in society.
We believe in Social Theatre and the enormous potential for positive social transformation that it offers, to foster inter-communitarian dialogue, to challenge stereotypes/discrimination, to build bridges among individuals and cultures.
We periodically organize and facilitate various training courses and workshops on various arts and disciplines, open to anyone willing to explore, transform, find inspiration and connection.
ANAMUH envisions a world where diverse communities know, respect and include each other, and where they grow together creating new ideas, tastes and forms of art on the basis of their own identities and cultures.
www.anamuh.org