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Transforming Trauma Through Art: War Rapes and the Re-Collection of Self and Community

Dates: 23 – 27 April 2013, presentation: POLIP International Literature Festival 10-12 May 2013
Location: Dodona Theatre
Led by: Elizabeth Hess

The 5-day atelier creates space for young theatre artists to explore the topic of war rapes through testimonies and representations of the topic in public discourse. They will engage in a working process that switches between personal and collective journals on the performative relation between text and image. They will spark the artistic imagination to break through silence and taboo to illuminate stories that reveal buried truths in a way that is resonant, re-considered and ready to be witnessed on the stage.

More information as well as the concrete programme to come soon.


About Elizabeth Hess:

Elizabeth Hess is an actor, professor and playwright from New York who wrote and performs a mono drama based on war rapes in Bosnia and Herzegovina, named “Dust to Dust”. She has developed a physical theatre approach to acting and playwriting that engages the interplay of behavioural, physiological and psychological ‘States of Being’ to arrive at an embodied experience that is both immediate and archetypal. www.elizabethhess.net


Cooperation Partner

The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation supports women in situations of war and conflict to increase women’s power and influence. We support more than 100 women’s organisations in five regions of conflict in their struggles for women’s rights and peace.


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