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Still I Rise

Smashing Times

Smashing Times

Theatre for Change European Symposium and performance

Fri 28 Apr | 1:30 – 6pm | Main Space

Explores the role of the creative arts to promote gender equality and diversity with international guest speaker Dijana Milošević, Artistic Director, DAH Theatre, Serbia; John Scott, Artistic Director, Irish Modern Dance Theatre; Mary Moynihan, Theatre and Film Maker, Smashing Times; Mary Duffin, Theatre Maker, TOTO Practitioner & Screenwriter and Shane O’Curry, director, ENAR Ireland.

The symposium features a performance of Mary Elmes (from The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII); a dance piece from Fall and Recover by Irish Modern Dance Theatre and a recital of the powerful and defiant Still I Rise by Maya Angelou, the American poet and Civil Rights activist, performed by Mary Duffin.

The symposium culminates in the launch of a collaboratively designed Drama for Change Curriculum and Toolbox of Resources with research and video demonstrations on how to conduct theatre games and exercises. The new curriculum will be made available on-line in digital format, to provide adult educators with the skills necessary to work with adult learners through a creative medium in order to promote anti-racism, gender equality and diversity.

The symposium is held as part of Drama for Change, a three-year partnership project that runs from 2014 to 2017 with five European partners from Ireland, Germany, Bulgaria, Spain and the Netherlands. The project uses creative methods to develop a new training curriculum for adult educators using the arts to promote anti-racism, equality and diversity and is funded by Erasmus+.

The five European partner organisations are:
• Smashing Times Theatre Company, Ireland – Coordinating Partner
• Instituto de Formacion y Estudios Sociales (IFES), Valencia, Spain. www.ifes.es
• Pressure Line Visual and Creative Communications, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. www.pressureline.nl/en/home.htm
• Sprachinstitut dialogue, Lindau, Germany. www.dialoge.com/en/
• KU TU Ltd, Sofia, Bulgaria. www.kutu-bg.eu/gb/home

Suitable for ages 16+