Representations of the Other

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Representations of the Other is an independent project with an international outlook initiated by a group of theatre makers, researchers, writers and sociologists. Its aim is to establish a multi- layered platform for cross- cultural co-operation, research and debate within the field of theatre and performance. The project is also keen to engage with a large spectrum of social groups, enhancing social engagement and output through creating a forum for theatrical innovation and development. The main objective of this research is to foster communication and artistic creation within and/ or through theatre (both theory and practice) in and between various ethnic minorities and migrant communities across Europe. We are interested in the various cultural practices that inform theatre making in various social- cultural and political contexts; and the (inter)cultural exchanges, translations, adaptation processes and strategies raised within theatre making. Also, the project is keen to analyse the cultural dynamics between minority communities and the dominant cultural tendencies (majority). Hence, intending to raise awareness of the complex cultural and theatrical interactions and fusions between minority-majority discourses. Issues of identities in translation will be core to this analysis. This project focuses on the theatrical language conceived in the widest possible way (use of language, body and space) in the performances of communities with hybrid identities. In recent years, due to economic, social and political changes across Europe, the cultural landscapes are being re-drawn as well. Within this large- scale alteration driven by globalisation, the co-existence of different cultural and ethnic groups that engage in dialogues and inspire each other become ever more important. The theatrical expressions and representation of minorities and migrant communities is a susceptible phenomenon that fosters cross-cultural communication and helps in research and theory formation in newly shaped, multifaceted and complex societies.

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