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Our Projects


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Our Projects


 
 

MY HEART IS IN THE EAST  

My Heart is in the East is a play by award winning playwright and International theatre artist Jessica Litwak and public event which focuses on the relationship between EAST and WEST. The play takes place in Ancient Cordoba, Spain when poetry contests served as a potent cultural exchange that facilitated peace. The story takes place in two realms: Present-day conflict zones in the Middle East and medieval Spain during the Golden Age. The historical setting is very similar to historical and modern day Rhodes where Christians, Muslims and Jews, live, work and worship in close proximity. The play serves as a model for peace and cultural exchange.

The play has been performed in the U.S. and will be re-envisioned for Greece. It will be offered every year until 2021 in cafes around Rhodes in March conjunction with UNESCO World poetry daY . In 2021 the play will be performed in the Municipal Theatre. The play will also be performed in the islands that have a cultural of poetry and the special Greek poetic forms with be celebrated along with forms from the EAST.

Poetry workshops and language workshops (Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, English and Spanish will accompany the performances. There will also be a poetry contest after every performances. At the end of 2021 a book of poems gathered from all of the poetry contests will be published along with the play and photographs of the events to leave a legacy of creative tools for the islands.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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healing. education. activism. theater.


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healing. education. activism. theater.


 

THEATRE FOR PERSONAL AND SOCIAL CHANGE

 Four Modalities: Healing, Education, Activism, and Theatre.

Healing is derived from the fields of Drama Therapy and Psychodrama. We believe that theatre can be used as a tool of reflection and expression for both individuals and communities. Educational theatre allows us to reach out to a variety of students, both child and adult everyone continues learning. The bottomless curiosity of life allows us to expand beyond our physical borders and create a web of driven communities. As the globe continues to shrink and the physical boundaries between communities diminishes we are becoming aware of past, present and perhaps future injustices. We believe in endowing performing artists with the tools to constructively critique the systems they are both subject to and practitioners of. Activism plays a critical world in the human experience, and none should lose an opportunity to be active. As a reflection of the human experience, Theatre is a living art, a bright enigma and a shared experience. It encompasses multitudes, and is well fit for moving an audience towards progress.

 
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world class workshops


 

We've led workshops all accross the United States and in Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Poland, France, Czech Republic, Egypt, England, Scotland, Lebanon, Hungary, Brussels, Germany, the Netherlands

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world class workshops


 

We've led workshops all accross the United States and in Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Poland, France, Czech Republic, Egypt, England, Scotland, Lebanon, Hungary, Brussels, Germany, the Netherlands

schedule a workshop

The key to our approach to change on individual and community levels:

an intersection of theatre, healing, education and activism based on three stages of work:

 

Ensemble: Change is based in relational exchange and ensemble work is the first step towards relationship. Community building is the necessary base on which everything else is made sturdy and possible.

Training: Training is the aspect of the work that hinges on the belief that the best art has the strongest impact. The philosophy of training in the H.E.A.T. Collective is anchored in the progression from Inside to Out. Voice Progression and Creative Voicing moves the practitioner quite quickly from a meditative and self-reflective position of constructive rest- to a state of open and embodied readiness and brave generosity. Our training incorporates elements of drama therapy, applied theatre, and conflict transformation.

Performance: We build theatre pieces that aim to be useful, generous, and provocative art that serves.

Using new forms as well as established methods, we approach trauma and healing through this work with varied populations. There is nothing new about blending these approaches to the healing of trauma. What is new is the true commitment to collage. We actually blend all four forms of work in every session. We are constantly converting theatre to therapy to politics to education and back to theatre again. As serious theatre artists we look to achieve a kind of precision and excellence of form as well as a courageous and honest approach to content. Whether the purpose of the work is to transform, educate, awaken, provoke, heal or entertain, meeting at the four corners of theatre, therapy, education and activism make many directions possible. At the crossroads of these four modalities, where anything can happen, we are encouraged to pursue the extraordinary.