Environmental aesthetics, social engagement and aesthetic experiences in Central Asia

Breed, Ananda (2015) Environmental aesthetics, social engagement and aesthetic experiences in Central Asia. Research in Drama Education, 20 (1). pp. 87-99. ISSN 1356-9783

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In this essay, I explore the Youth Theatre for Peace (YTP) project in relation to environmental aesthetics and engaged participatory practices towards tolerance building in Central Asia. My main argument is that cultural histories of storytelling, manas (an oral and now literary Kyrgyz epic) and trickster tales incorporate ideas and narratives that are useful in negotiating the ambiguities between differing moral, political and social agendas and can be drawn on in conflict negotiation contexts. I argue that environmental aesthetics offers a useful theoretical framework for analysing the YTP project due to the nomadic eco-spirituality and eco- consciousness of the region. Further, specific (embodied and emplaced) performing arts activities provide opportunities for communities to build longer-term strategies for engaging with and intervening in the political realities in which they live.

Keywords:Socially engaged performance, Environmental aesthetics, Conflict, Drama for Conflict Transformation
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W440 Theatre studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Fine Arts)
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ID Code:31702
Deposited On:20 Apr 2018 11:51

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