Centre of Intercultural Dialogue CID- Kumanovo: Image Theatre – a workshop
From the 14th to the 15th of March, the Centre of Intercultural Dialogue CID organised a theatre workshop within the framework of the European project “You are welcome”, for around 20 people, which was held in the transit centre Tabanovce.
The participants were about 18-40 years of age and a mix of refugees, volunteers and other people of the public that wanted to join. Guided by facilitator Aleksandra Mihajlovska, the participants first got to know each other through a series of theatre games that aimed to build a comfortable atmosphere and trust between the participants without the use of language. Combatting the language barrier between the participants, they got to take turns in exploring their bodies, challenging them by mirroring the other or following somebodies instructions. Without pushing people out of their comfort zone, participants were asked to imagine a whole variety of situations and embody them. Throughout the two days, the participants also worked in smaller groups on their own project, a image theatre play which shares a story or message through the use of images embodied by the participants. For a final performance, watched by other refugees, red cross workers and volunteers, three groups had created stories of war, belonging and conflict.
The workshop has acted as a starting point for more interactions and understanding between locals and refugees. Both expressed the wish to continue projects like this in even longer terms.
On Friday, November 10th, JKPeV organized a zine workshop under the title “You and I – we are not so different” within the framework of the European project „You are Welcome“ and the Metamorphosis. Human stories project – a cooperation between Armenia, the US and Germany. The zine workshop was held at Hellerau led by the Ass. Prof. @Mariana Smith (Stockton University, USA), the German artist, @Stephanie Lüning (Hfbk Dresden, Germany) and the Armenian artist, Eva Harut (HfBK, Dresden, GER). The participants, coming for all over the world, created “Art-Zines”. The mini handmade magazines – Zines were based on collage and drawing and could easily tell the story of each one participating in this workshop. Marianna Smith stressed out the purpose of the Zine: the crafting activity serves the story telling and what does really matter is to share our stories altogether. In a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, the participants sat around the tables full of different kinds of magazines and newspapers and created they own Zines. Once the first folding was done, the Zines were covered by photos, drawings and writings. At the end of the session, each Zine was opened, scanned and printed and was given to each participant as a memory of our stories and of this nice afternoon. Each participant could present their zines and share with the rest of the group their stories. Some really interesting, and touching Zines were created during this workshop but we especially keep in mind that we shared our stories