It’s a gathering of performance activists — building toward “Performing the World on the Move, Europe”
Thessaloniki, Greece – November 3, 4 and 5, 2017
The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and the East Side Institute (U.S.A.) co-host an international symposium of 40+ artists, therapists, academics, educators, community organizers and others to explore the potential of play, performance and the arts in human development, learning, healing and community organizing.
Participants — including performance activists Elena Dina Boukouvala (Greece), Lois Holzman (USA), Carrie Lobman (USA), Yuji Moro (Japan), Esben Wilstrup (Denmark), Jorge Burciaga (Mexico), Syed Raju (Bangladesh), Peter Harris (Israel) and others from Italy, Portugal, Serbia, Sweden, Syria and the UK — to share experiences and research in the use of play, performance and the arts to engage and engender human development, learning, healing and social transformation.
As well, the gathering functions as a working group/organizing committee for a larger conference to be convened for the spring of 2018 and to set the stage for the upcoming Performing the World on the Move Europe Conference in Thessaloniki.
It’s envisioned that Performing the World on the Move Europe will grow out of this on-the-ground organizing, and be staged in a different country across Europe each year.
The conference brings together people from throughout Europe and the world, from many walks of life, across academic disciplines and with a variety of community practices who are all, in various ways, exploring performance, play and the arts as alternative approaches to traditional ways of educating students, practicing therapy, engaging social problems, and activating communities.