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‘To be creative is to exist’: rejecting resilience, enacting Sumud in the cultural resistance of ASHTAR theatre

Lax, Annecy (2021) '‘To be creative is to exist’: rejecting resilience, enacting Sumud in the cultural resistance of ASHTAR theatre.' Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 26 (1). 153 - 170. ISSN 1356-9783

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Abstract

This article problematises the concept of ‘resilience’, and the globalised power dynamics which lie behind a narrative of overcoming adversity in the context of Palestinian Theatre. By exploring the work of ASHTAR, specifically focusing on the artist Iman Aoun, this paper examines the lack of political and practical solidarity revealed in languages and agendas of resilience. This analysis of practice is set within a theoretical framework of border navigation, space and place, and of modes of resistance where the Palestinian concept of sumud is foregrounded as an indigenous lens to view the infrapolitical resistance of the West Bank arts community.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Applied theatre, Palestine, conflict theatre, resilience
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 May 2021 12:39
Last Modified: 11 May 2021 12:39
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30332

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