The new phase of our GAZA DRAMA LONG TERM project is called HERE, THERE & EVERYWHERE.
HERE, THERE & EVERYWHERE: GAZA, PALESTINE <> LONDON, UK
You are invited to come and share your ideas for, and imagination of, a ‘live events space’ planned for late September 2017.
Az Theatre is hosting a gathering at:
British Actors Equity Offices: Equity Guild House, Upper St. Martin’s Lane WC2 9EG (within 50 metres of Leicester Square Tube Station) at 5.45 – 7.45pm on Monday 24th April
We are inviting writers, academics, thinkers, activists, performers and artists to co-create the HERE, THERE & EVERYWHERE ‘live events space’ with us. This means imagining together ways in which this space may be used:
- to bring home what is happening in Gaza
- to open creative communication with people in Gaza
- to open up conversations and learning to wider publics and more communities.
- Films and videos
- Performance: dance, spoken word, music, drama.
- Panel discussions (about Gaza, War on Terror, Tolstoy, sustainable environment, international law)
- Publications (focus on recent books, films etc.)
- Art, participatory or exhibition
- Public Skype exchanges with people in Gaza
- Learning programme
- Community outreach
- Participatory activities
- Contact with the hundreds of people in Gaza who are participating, as audience or theatre-makers in Theatre for Everybody’s production of Tolstoy’s War & Peace.
We are planning to animate a ‘live events space’ for 7 days at a venue in East London in late September 2017.
This is a part of a ten-year 2009-2019 cultural exchange partnership between Az Theatre (London) and Theatre for Everybody (Gaza).
How can we create a space that can present live events with a variety of inputs (organisation, programming, presentation, sponsorship) and using different forms of expression (film, spoken word, written word, music, photography, dance, song, skype exchanges, panel discussions, public conversation, participatory and installation art) that can make connections between what is happening in Gaza with what is happening here in the UK and in other parts of the world, from the point of view of the threats to, and opportunities for, human beings living the lives they want to live?
The occasion for the creation of a ‘live events space’ is the production in Gaza in late September 2017 of Theatre for Everybody’s adaptation of Tolstoy’s War & Peace. This is a stage in GAZA DRAMA LONG TERM, a ten-year cultural exchange project between Theatre for Everybody (Gaza, Palestine) and Az Theatre (London, UK).
Az Theatre is calling for a gathering at 5.45pm-7.45pm on Monday 24th April at British Actors Equity’s Offices, Guild House, Upper St Martin’s Lane, London WC2 9EG.
The keynote of this stage of our project is ‘connections’. As Angela Y Davis points out in her most recent book FREEDOM IS A CONSTANT STRUGGLE (Haymarket Books 2016): “The tendency has been to consider Palestine a separate – unfortunately too often marginal – issue” p.11
Nelson Mandela said: “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians”
In the Native Americans Rise protest against the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline in March led by the Sioux from the Standing Rock reservation the chant went up: ‘Occupation is a crime, From Standing Rock to Palestine’
Our aspiration is to unite different forms of expression and engage with connections between struggles in Palestine, the UK, in Ferguson, Missouri, in Diyarbakir, Eastern Turkey and elsewhere. This entails a strategy of ‘intersectionality’, ‘efforts to think, analyze, organize as we recognize interconnections of race, class, gender, sexuality’ (Davis op cit. p.18)
Never has it been so clear that the issues raised by the Palestinian struggle for freedom is at the centre of our own political and social discourses.
The above is the question we are using as a ‘calling’ question for this gathering.