Oral history and public performance come together to facilitate deep listening and dialogue in the atermath of violence
Collected writings about embodiment, oral history, performance, cultural activism, arts based research and more.
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The Living Histories Ensemble spontaneously transforms everyday stories into theatre. Drawing on practices such as Playback Theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed, and Developmental Transformations, the LHE fosters empathy, insight, and an experience of being in community.
Over the past five years, the LHE has evolved practices in oral history and performance through their engagement with a multi-disciplinary, research project entitled: Life Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide, and Human Rights Violations. In particular, the LHE has explored how Playback Theatre, as a form of oral history performance, can be situated as a response to trauma, as a form of collaborative, embodied arts based research, and as an approach to collective storytelling.
September 2008 - April 2009: Rehearsal
May 2009: International Life Stories Day
February 7/10: Responding to Haiti
October 17/10: Montreal Holocaust Memorial Center
March 27/11: AGIR at Articule
April 2011: Rwandan Commemoration
June 2011: Itorero
March 10/12: Going Public: Art and Dialogue
Living Histories Ensemble