A STRATEGY FOR VIOLENCE PREVENTION
USING INTERACTIVE THEATER, WORKSHOPS AND DIGITAL MEDIA
Wednesday, March 14, 7pm
THE POINT Theater
940 Garrison Avenue, Bronx, New York, 10474
It is sadly fitting that the performance that kicks off this series falls on the day of the 17 minute school walk out, honoring the 17 dead in Parkland.
This performance is currently part of a series in an expanded entity, Pieces for Peace, contracted by Bronx Lebanon Hospital and produced by EnFoco (a non-profit that supports contemporary photographers of color). It is a strategy for violence prevention. The performance is shown to young audiences around the Bronx. Young people inspired by the show enlist in a series of workshops where they explore through art their own experiences of violence. This concept allows the subject to have more permanent effect in the communities where it shown.
The performance is an adapted version of the original production, Piece on War/ The Wave, co-created by Polish theater director, Wiesław Górski, and the ensemble. Immediately after the performance, a “talk back” between the cast and the audience is held for the youth to talk about the violence-related incidents they or their family members may have experienced and possible suggestions and strategies for prevention.
The performance is followed by:
- Workshops centered on the issues raised by the youth.
- Each workshop will integrate various art forms such as: storytelling, movement, spoken word and digital media
- Social media and photography are critical to the workshops by enabling today’s digitally inclined youth to utilize cellphone cameras to visually articulate their interactions and insights to the violence prevention themes.
- The images, the participant’s production and the commentary will be preserved on instagram, serving as a virtual safe place and affirming their commitment to seeking alternatives to conflicts that may result in violence. The instagram content can be used by the after school centers to continue to address conflict situations and violence prevention within their communities.