In the early days of the Syrian Uprising, theatre practitioners helped fill the Arab mediascape with oppositional plays, puppet shows, and video blogs. Now, in the midst of civil war, theatre practitioners are working with the victims of government violence in devised pieces that give aesthetic shape to traumatic experience. This work critiques entrenched power and challenges the boundaries between the private and the public, re-imagining the nation through acts of personal healing. Professor Edward Ziter will discuss these issues and his new book, Syrian Political Theatre: From the June War to the Arab Spring (2014), which situates the current use of performance and theatre by artists of the Syrian Revolution within a long history of political theatre.
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