ICAN brings Mandala Center artists to North West

Posted on: 11th January 2013

The founding members of The Mandala Center in America will travel to the city this month to explore how theatre can be used to express local people's relationship with the border.

The Playhouse International Culture Arts Network (ICAN) will welcome the founder and co- director of The Mandala Center in Washington to the North West to work with Women's groups and to deliver a series of Master Classes.

The Mandala Centre, described as ‘an international hub for the training', is a multi-disciplinary education organization dedicated to community dialogue, social justice and societal transformation.

Internationally acclaimed Mandala Founder Marc Weinblatt and Co-Director Zhaleh Almaee will both share their creative skills and expertise with community workers, creative facilitators, and interested individuals in a series of Master Classes in The Playhouse Derry- Londonderry throughout January.

Marc Wainblatt will deliver ‘Diversity: Evolving from Reality to Truth', a master class which uses Theatre of the Oppressed to explore issues of race, class, disability and religion, etc. The free Master Classes will run on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 January from 10.30am to 5pm.

Artist Zhaleh Almaee will then explore ‘Playback Theatre for Community Building', an improvisational form of storytelling for community building practiced around the world.
This free four day Master Class will be held on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 January, and continues on Thursday January 31 and Friday February 1 from 1pm to 5pm.

"These two complimentary Master Classes will give participants the means to address discrimination and inequality using theatre and storytelling to bring about social change" Elaine Forde, ICAN co-ordinator said.
"Both Master Classes are open to all and no previous experience is necessary".

During their residency the artists will also work with several Women's groups from Derry/ Londonderry and Donegal using theatre to express their relationship with the border. Galliagh Women's Group, Caw and Nelson Drive Action Group, Moville Walk and Talk Group, Dunfanaghy Women's Group and women from Raphoe will all take part in the project.

ICAN is a three year project which has been part-financed by the European Union's Regional Development fund through EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (PEACE III) managed through Special EU Programmes Body

For information or to enroll contact Elaine Forde on T. 02871 268027 or email elaine@derryplayhouse.co.uk

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