Community-based theatre in war zones is talk topic



BAR HARBOR — Theatre-maker, scholar, author and educator Nandita Dinesh will speak and show clips from her film “Chronicles from Kashmir” Feb. 11 at the College of the Atlantic’s Human Ecology Forum. The free event begins at 4:10 in McCormick Lecture Hall.

Dinesh is a theatre-maker, scholar, author and educator who holds a Ph.D. in drama from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and a masters degree in performance studies from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She will discuss autoethnography, a qualitative research discipline in which an author connects self-reflection and personal experience to wider cultural and social contexts.

Focused on the role that theatre can play during and after violent conflict, Dinesh has conducted community-based theatre projects in Kashmir, India, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Zimbabwe.

In 2017, she was awarded the Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy by Literary Managers and Dramaturges of the Americas for “Chronicles from Kashmir.” She has also published several books about her work.

“Chronicles from Kashmir” has been in development since 2013, as a collaboration between Dinesh and the Ensemble Kashmir Theatre Akademi in Srinagar. The film uses Argentine playwright Griselda Gambaro’s “Information for Foreigners” (1992) as its point of departure; takes place in the promenade, and is site-adaptive. “Chronicles from Kashmir” seeks to create a sense of balance: between differently positioned voices that emerge when speaking about Kashmir; and between differently placed narratives on the victim/perpetrator spectrum. The two-hour film documents the 24-hour production of the play “Chronicles from Kashmir.”

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