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[ This message has been sent to you via the CASI-analysis mailing list ] Dear members of the CASI Iraq discussion list, Via Colin Rowat I received your e-mail address. Colin Rowat suggested that you might be interested to be informed that the Iraqi theatre maker Jawad Al Assadi will be coming to London this Wednesday for the premiere of his play "Women in War" at oh!art, Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London The play will be on staged until the 21st of November. On the 14th will be a discussion on "War Stories" in which Jawad Al Assadi is participating. Please fin beneath the entire information on the venues and also the press release of the Prince Claus Fund, since Jawad Al Assadi is awarded the prestigious Prince Claus Awards this year. If you might have further question, please do not hesitate to contact me. Yours sincerely, Christine Wagner press & publicity Prince Claus Fund Hoge Nieuwstraat 30 2514 El Den Haag The Netherlands phone: + 31 70 427 4303 fax: + 31 70 427 42 77 firstname.lastname@example.org www.princeclausfund.nl Az Theatre and oh!art present: War Stories Directed by Johnathan Chadwick oh!art, Oxford House from 8th November Press Night: Wednesday 10th November at 7.45pm How is our identity shaped by our war stories? Can you imagine a world without war? War Stories is a three week festival of plays, poetry, workshops and exhibitions exploring how individual, national and cultural identity is shaped by war. The programme has been developed in the context oh!art's 2004 theme of identity. All three of the following short plays will be presented each evening: Women in War by Jawad al-Asadi English Language Premiere A graduate of the Baghdad Theatre Academy, Iraqi writer Jawad portrays the plight of three women in a refugee shelter displaced by the recent invasion of Iraq. They are from different parts of Iraq, but, endangered by their exile, they fight for survival together. This play will also be performed in Baghdad at the same time as its run throughout the War Stories festival. Strive by Stephen Lowe Against the background of the Falklands war, Reagan's Star Wars project and the women's protest camp outside the US cruise missile base at Greenham Common, a soldier returns to meet his girlfriend who is convinced she must take action for peace. Atsumori by Motokiyo Zeami English Language Premiere A classic warrior play from the founding genius of Noh Theatre. Years after he killed an adversary, a warrior returns to the scene find redemption and reconciliation. Az Theatre developed in 2004 from Meeting Ground Theatre Company. Under Artistic Director Johnathan Chadwick, their work includes a variety of international projects in with people effected by war, including attempts to create long term theatre development at the Bourj al Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. At the core of War Stories is a partnership between Az Theatre, Bazaart (Serbia), Theatre for Everybody (Palestine) and Masrah El Tedj (Algeria) in association with the Sibiu International Theatre Festival (Romania). In 2005 Az Theatre will be preparing a production in Algeria for presentation at the Sibiu Festival early in June. Performance schedule: Atsumori, Strive, fifteen minute interval, Women in War. Art Exhibition From Wednesday 10th Nov there will be an exhibition of work at oh!art from a number of artists, centred on a specially devised participatory installation exploring the theme of war, identity and responsibility. Listings Information Venue: oh!art Address: Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HG Dates: 8th - 27th Nov, Tues - Sat (with preview Mon 8th Nov, special perf Sunday 21st Nov). Signed performance: Thurs 18th Nov. Times: 19.45pm, with special perf on Sunday 21st Nov at 15.45pm. Price: £10, £6. All workshops, forums and special performances are FREE. Box Office: 020 7749 1164 Transport: Bethnal Green tube, 5 mins walk along Bethnal Green Rd. Derbyshire St 6th road on right. SPECIAL EVENTS All events at oh!art, Oxford House. Sunday 14th Nov War Stories Forum 11.00am Women and War. Exploring the relationship between women in "war receiver" and "war provider" countries. The session will consult women in war specialist Cynthia Cockburn and Act Together, a women's group active on the issue of Iraq. 13.30pm Art, Theatre and War. Stephen Lowe, Jawad al-Asadi and Eunice Wanjiru are invited to discuss whether art can play a therapeutic or activist role in relationship to war. 15.30pm Abolishing War. Raising the question of pacifism is relation to war abolition and looking at current forms of resistance including the Peace Tax Seven's campaign to withhold taxes. 17.30pm Until He Hums Again by Eunice Wanjiru: special workshop presentation followed by short discussion. Saturday 20th Nov Workshop / Performance 17.00pm Cardboard Citizens, the UK's only homeless people's professional theatre company will be looking at stories contributed by ex-soldiers and servicemen. 18.45pm Presentation of Mistake by Václav Havel in oh! art foyer. Sunday 21st Nov Poetry Reading 18.00pm A special reading of War, a series of poems by Harold Pinter and four poems by Ariel Dorfman written during the run up to the invasion of Iraq. Deborah Findlay, David Calder and Harriet Walter have been asked to take part in this public reading. Saturday 27th Nov Workshop / Performance / Club night 16.30pm Andre Pink from Anglo-Brazilian company Dende Collective (of the recent hit Piranha Lounge) will be exploring Arrabel's play, Guernica, with actors and Iraqi writers. 18.45pm Presentation of Mistake by Václav Havel in oh! art foyer. 22.00pm Shock and Awe club night, featuring poetry readings, DJs and stand up comedy. Further information: www.aztheatre.org.uk <http://www.aztheatre.org.uk> or www.oxfordhouse.org.uk <http://www.oxfordhouse.org.uk> Press Release The Hague, 4 November 2004 Prince Claus Award Goes to Experimental Theatre-Maker Jawad Al Assadi from Iraq Jawad Al Assadi (1947, Iraq) is the recipient of one of this year's prestigious Prince Claus Awards of EUR 25,000. He has been granted this award for his dedication to freedom of cultural expression. Al Assadi is one of the most authoritative and innovative experimental theatre-makers in the Arab world and believes that theatre contributes to a critical social awareness. Jawad Al Assadi fled Saddam Hussein's Iraq and spent 25 years in various Arab countries. He feels that theatre plays an important role in the development of a critical social awareness. Al Assadi often works with young actors and, as a teacher, he contributes to the development of progressive thinking about theatre in this region. He has worked as a cultural advisor at the United Arab Emirates' Ministry of Culture in Abu Dhabi, but has now returned to Iraq where he recently set up the Gilgamesh Arts Centre in Baghdad. The jury particularly valued Al Assadi's active role in the struggle for freedom of thought and cultural expression both in Iraq and beyond. The Principal Prince Claus Award of EUR 100,000 has been awarded to: Mahmoud Darwish (1942, Palestine). He is one of the most important contemporary Arab poets to achieve international fame. His award has been granted for his impressive oeuvre in which he articulates his personal experiences as a poet in protracted exile in simple but powerful language. His work draws attention to the consequences of forced migration and he consistently emphasises the power of beauty in difficult circumstances. The other Prince Claus Awards of EUR 25,000 go to: The Bhutan Archery Federation (1970, Bhutan): an active voluntary organisation that strives to maintain and develop traditional archery as a national sport. Ivaldo Bertazzo (1949, Brazil): a choreographer, dance teacher and movement therapist. Halet Çambel (1916, Turkey): an archaeologist who undertook important research involving excavations and the restoration of the famous Karatepe Aslantas fortress in Anatolia. Omara Khan Massoudi (1948, Afghanistan): the director of Kabul's National Museum who managed to safeguard important parts of its collection during the Taliban regime at considerable risk to his own life. Aminata Traoré, (1947, Mali): a social and cultural activist who emphasises the relation between economy, politics and culture. Memoria Abierta (1999, Argentina): an alliance of seven human rights organisations that work to preserve the memory of state terrorism in Argentina. Farroukh Qasim (1948, Tajikistan): an actor and director who has modernised Tajiki theatre. The Prince Claus Fund is a platform for intercultural exchange. It works jointly with individuals and organisations that are mainly located in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean on the realisation of activities and publications reflecting a contemporary approach to the theme of culture and development. The Prince Claus Awards form a part of this policy and have been presented annually by the Fund since 1997. Through these awards, the Fund pays homage to the laureates for their oeuvre and their dedication to culture and social engagement. For further information about the Prince Claus Awards (including interviews and visual materials), please contact: The Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development Tel.: + 31(0)70.4274303 Christine Wagner: +31(0)6.55577790, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>) Lieke Vervoorn: +31(0)6.10713224, email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>) www. princeclausfund.nl <http://www. princeclausfund.nl/> _______________________________________ Sent via the CASI-analysis mailing list To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-analysis All postings are archived on CASI's website at http://www.casi.org.uk