Past Projects (2021-22)
The Art of Conflict and Restorative Dialogues: Where Choreography and Conflict Resolution Meet
If you had asked us a year ago “What does conflict resolution have to do with new ways of touring?”, we probably would have said “Nothing”. Fast forward to now, The Art of Conflict and Restorative Dialogues has changed our minds. Bringing together a collective of artists, two internationally renowned festivals, and a non-governmental organisation working in the field of restorative justice, this partnership is kicking off the Perform Europe Live programme of 2022.
A geographically balanced partnership, The Art of Conflict and Restorative Dialogues consists of the MichaelDouglas Kollektiv (Germany), the Bucharest Fringe Festival (Romania), the Malta Festival Poznań (Poland), and EFRJ – European Forum for Restorative Justice (Belgium/Italy).
What makes this partnership unique is that it steps away from the “parachute model” of presenting performance art works. Instead, it invites local communities to continuously create, collaborate, and participate by sharing inclusivity practices and restorative skills through the artistic work as well as workshops and masterclasses.
This partnership wants to reimagine public space as a platform for interaction and participation to create opportunities to share newer and more diverse narratives of the social ecology. It innovates traditional touring models by recreating the artistic work on location and involving a lot of people in the process: an audience of artists, restorative justice professionals and wider citizens participates in a public dialogue around the wisdom of conflict (within oneself and with others) as an opportunity for community building.
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