Beyond Partition is a space for creative connection for members of the South Asian diaspora. This exploratory workshop integrates practices of Restorative Justice, Theatre of the Oppressed, Playback Theatre, Psychodrama, and Popular Education to situate ourselves in legacies of inter-communal harm, and begin to heal the wounds of colonization, displacement, and structural violence. We will consider casteism, savarna/Brahmin supremacy, Hindutva/Hindu nationalism, gender, language politics, racial profiling, Islamophobia, and the intergenerational cross-currents of religious conflict. Participants will use artistic methods to address 1947 Partition and divisions that pre-date or extend beyond the independence era.
Participants in the Beyond Partition workshops will build performance "muscle" and then take the mic at Subcontinental Drift to share works-in-progress with shared community on shared themes of cultural legacy, historical trauma, and healing.
Subcontinental Drift is an open mic for and by people of the South Asian diaspora. We come together to build creative solidarity and social consciousness through performing music, dance, comedy, song, poetry, drama, mixed/experimental genres. Artists - from amateur to professional - are warmly welcomed and celebrated.
Register to participate in the workshops through this online form.
Tatiana Chaterji is a restorative justice practitioner, youth organizer and liberation arts educator. Her community arts practice integrates principles of healing with theater and movement, pulling from diverse traditions of cultural resistance and experimental performance. She advocates for alternatives to criminalization and guides processes of personal-social transformation within prisons.
Date & Times:
Sat, May 5 & 12, 1-4pm
Subcontinental Drift Oakland: South Asian Open Mic
Sat, May 12, 7-9 pm at SoleSpace (1714 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612)
More Info: www.collabchange.org/embodyingchange
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