In societies affected by armed conflict, dealing with the past can prevent violence and promote justice. However collective memory is often monopolised by political elites and mirrors societal inequalities. In response, citizens devise bottom-up practices to bypass and oppose hegemonic narratives.
This session explores the bottom-up practices of Laban Theatre Company, Beirut, Lebanon in collaboration with British Academy funded research project Memories from the Margins. This project provides a safe space for 12 Syrian refugee women currently living in Shatila, Beirut to explore trauma and tension through techniques such as playback theatre and drama therapy. The sessions usually explore themes led by the women such as gender-based violence, trauma, and the daily struggle of the women living in Shatila unable to return home to Syria.
During the Q&A between project collaborators Abi Weaver, Daniele Rugo and Farah Wardani some footage from the sessions will be screened.
The discussion will centre around how dialogue emerges from the theatre-based training sessions and how dialogues emerge through movement, song and spoken word. The improvisations emerging from the session are being turned into a script that will be performed by the women in 2022.