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Refugee Performance: Practical Encounters

Author: Balfour, Michael
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Exploring theatre works created for, by, and with refugees, this hybrid collection of essays combines newly commissioned scholarly work with examples of writing by refugees themselves. These varied contributions illuminate performances that range from theatre in Thai refugee camps to site-specific works staged in a run-down immigrant community in the United Kingdom. An exciting addition to the growing field of applied theatre, Refugee Performance provides inspiring insight into the resilience and creativity of artists responding to one of the most critical issues of our time.

Chapter titles


Chapter 1: Iraqi Memories. A Personal and Poetic Exploration of Homecomings, Departures and Arrivals from a Theatre Director Who Fled Iraq in 1987 and Returns Home Again 
Niz Jabour

Chapter 2: On Stitches 
Michael Balfour and Nina Woodrow

Chapter 3: Health Theatre in a Hmong Refugee Camp: Performance, Communication, and Culture 
Dwight Conquergood

Chapter 4: Play Extract: Forged in Fire
A performance text created by Okello Kelo Sam, Laura Edmondson,and Robert Ajwang?

Chapter 5: Narrative Theatre as an Interactive Community Approach to Mobilizing Collective Action in Northern Uganda 
Yvonne Sliep, Kaethe Weingarten, and Andrew Gilbert

Chapter 6: Marketing Trauma and the Theatre of War in Northern Uganda 
Laura Edmondson

Chapter 7: Encounters in the Aida Refugee Camp in Palestine: Travel Notes on Attending Alrowwad Theatre?s Production of Handala (2011) 
Rand T. Hazou

Chapter 8: Rape as War Strategy: A Drama from Croatia 
Sanja Nikcevic

Chapter 9: Far Away, So Close: Psychosocial and Theatre Activities with Serbian Refugees 
Guglielmo Schininà

Chapter 10: Play Extract: Refugees 
Zlatko Topcic (Translated into English by Davor Diklic)

Chapter 11: ?Politics Begins as Ethics?: Levinasian Ethics and Australian Performance Concerning Refugees 
Tom Burvill

Chapter 12: Refugee Performance: Encounters with Alterity 
Michael Balfour

Chapter 13: Repeat Performance: Dancing DiDinga with the Lost Boys of Southern Sudan 
Felecia Faye McMahon

Chapter 14: Theatre as a Healing Space: Ping Chong?s Children of War 
Yuko Kurahashi

Chapter 15: Drama and Citizenship Education: Tensions of Creativity, Content and Cash 
Sarah Woodland and Rob Lachowicz

Chapter 16: Inclusive Democracy: A Consideration of Playback Theatre with Refugee and Asylum Seekers in Australia
Rea Dennis

Chapter 17: Hospitable Stages and Civil Listening: Being an Audience for Participatory Refugee Theatre 
Alison Jeffers


'A commendable resource' ? Choice by A. H. Fabos

'Editor Michael Balfour collates seventeen chapters which offer a comprehensive overview of the types of performance practices that can emerge from areas of displacement, and liminal or temporary spaces ... Its strength lies in this multi-regional approach' ? Studies in Theatre and Performance, Dawn Fowler

'[the book] presents an impressive array of perspectives on refugee performance by social workers, folklorists, writers, lawyers, theatre artists, and refugees themselves.' ? S.E. Wilmer, Journal Contemporary Theatre Review

'This book is the first comprehensive collection of essays on the practices and criticism of refugee performance. It presents a much needed wide range of reflections and analyses on refugee performance and procedural experiences from diverse approaches and regions. Through the lenses it provides, the book examines the aesthetics of contextualised performances, creative tensions and the dynamics of theatre as a healing space.' ? Jessica A. Kaahwa, South African Theatre Journal

Applied Theatre: Resettlement: Drama, Refugees And Resilienc

Author: Balfour, M & Bundy, P
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The book offers a compelling combination of analyis and detailed description of aesthetic projects with young refugee arrivals in Australia. In it the authors present a framework that contextualises the intersections of refugee studies, resilience and trauma, and theatre and arts-based practice, setting out a context for understanding and valuing the complexity of drama in this growing area of applied theatre.Applied Theatre: Resettlementincludes rich analysis of three aesthetic case studies in Primary, Secondary and Further Education contexts with young refugees. The case studies provide a unique insight into the different age specific needs of newly arrived young people. The authors detail how each group and educational context shaped diverse drama and aesthetic responses: the Primary school case study uses process drama as a method to enhance language acquisition and develop intercultural literacy; the Secondary school project focuses on Forum Theatre and peer teaching with young people as a means of enhancing language confidence and creating opportunities for cultural competency in the school community, and the further education case study explores work with unaccompanied minors and employs integrated multi art forms (poetry, art, drama, digital arts, clay sculptures and voice work) to increase confidence in language acquisition and explore different forms of expression and communication about the transition process. Through its careful framing of practice to speak to concerns of power, process, representation and ethics, the authors ensure the studies have an international relevance beyond their immediate context.Drama, Refugees and Resiliencecontributes to new professional knowledge building in the fields of applied theatre and refugee studies about the efficacy of drama practice in enhancing language acquisition, cultural settlement and pedagogy with newly arrived refugee young people.

Michael St Clair Balfouris the Chair of Applied and Social Theatre in the Faculty of Education at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. His publications includeRefugee Performance: Practical Encounters(2012),Performance: In Place of War, with J. Thompson and J. Hughes (2009),Drama as Social Intervention, with J. Somers (2006), andPrison Theatre: Theory and Practice(2004).Bruce Burtonis Chair in Applied Theatre in the School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. He is the author of eight books in the field of drama and applied theatre. Associate ProfessorPenny Bundyworks in the field of applied theatre and drama education in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.Julie Dunnis Associate Professor at Griffith University, Australia.Nina Woodrowis a PhD candidate at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

Terror And Performance

Author: Rustom Bharucha
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This work goes where other books fear to tread. It reaches the parts other scholars might imagine in their dreams but would neither have the international reach nor the critical acumen and forensic flourish to deliver. --Alan Read, King's College London.

This book is not only timely. It is overdue and it is a masterpiece unrivalled by any book I know of. -- Erika Fischer-Lichte, Freie University Berlin

The first and only book that focuses on the intersections of performance, terror and terrorism as played out beyond a Euro-American context post-9/11. It is an important work, both substantively and methodologically. -- Jenny Hughes, University of Manchester

A profound and tightly bound sequence of reflections a rigorously provocative book. -- Stephen Barber, Kingston University London

In this exceptional investigation Rustom Bharucha considers the realities of Islamophobia, the legacies of Truth and Reconciliation, the deadly certitudes of State-controlled security systems and the legitimacy of counter-terror terrorism, drawing on a vast spectrum of human cruelties across the global South. The outcome is a brilliantly argued case for seeing terror as a volatile and mutant phenomenon that is deeply lived, experienced, and performed within the cultures of everyday life.

Rustom Bharucha is Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. He is a writer, director, dramaturg and cultural critic, as well as the author of several books, including Theatre and the World: Performance and the Politics of Culture (Routledge, 1993).

Staging Strangers: Theatre And Global Ethics

Author: Barry Freeman
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Twenty-first-century media and political discourse sometimes makes "strangers" - refugees, immigrants, minorities - the scapegoats for social and economic disorder. In this heated climate, theatre has the potential to promote greater compassion and empathy for outsiders. A study of cultural difference in contemporary Canadian theatre, Staging Strangers considers how theatre facilitates an understanding of distant places and issues. Theatre in Canada, and especially in Toronto, has long been a place for communities to celebrate their traditions, but it is now emerging as a forum for staging stories that stretch beyond the local and the national. Combining archival research and performance analysis, Barry Freeman analyzes the possibilities and hazards of representing strangers, and the many ways the stranger on stage may be fetishized or domesticated, marked for assimilation, or turned into an object of fear. A fresh look at ways to cultivate ethical responsibility for global issues, Staging Strangers imagines a role for theatre in creating a more tolerant, caring, and cooperative world.

Barry Freeman is professor of theatre and performance studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough.


Author: Moses, Daniel David
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A darkly comic and theatrical fantasia, this sequel to Big Buck City follows the continuing journeys of the First Nation families the Bucks and the Fishers. Exploring the nature of communication and the ongoing struggle Aboriginal peoples in Canada face in finding an identity, this bizarre and otherworldly drama makes use of science fiction conventions to express an indigenous worldview.

Pursued By A Bear: Talks, Monologues And Tales

Author: Daniel Moses
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Tricksters, medicine shows, and ghosts are some of the story elements discussed in this collection of essays about First Nations Canadian authors. Posing questions about how such folklore adds to the country's collective memory, the essays look at Ben Cardinal's No Name Indians and Generic Warriors; Tomson Highway's The Sage, the Dancer and the Fool; Billy Merasty's Fireweed; Beatrice Mosionier's Night of the Trickster; and Floyd Favel Starr's Lady of Silences. An eye-opening look at Native Canadians as they negotiate their way through white culture, the book also offers insights on Native Americans in similar predicaments in movie westerns and the musical Oklahoma!

Performing History: Theatrical Representations Of The Past I

Author: Freddie Rokem
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Research Award in Theatre Practice and Pedagogy from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education

In his examination of the ways in which theatre participates in the ongoing representations of and debates about the past, Freddie Rokem concentrates on the ways in which theatre after World War II has presented different aspects of the French Revolution and the Holocaust, showing us that by ?performing history actors bring the historical past and the theatrical present together.