The Politics of Provocation: The ethics of community arts practice with refugee-background young people
A conversation led by Dr Dave Kelman (Western Edge Youth Arts; Victoria University, Australia)
Drawing on recent research that examined a community theatre project in an Australian regional city, this presentation interrogates the ethical dilemmas that confront an external arts practitioner when working with refugee-background communities. It considers ethno-theatre, pedagogy, questions of authorship and ventriloquism and the tension between art and authenticity. A practitioner working in such contexts faces a myriad of dilemmas about how far a theatre work should go in challenging mainstream narratives and what the consequences may be for the participants and the practitioner if the challenge goes too far (and whose decision is it to make?).
This presentation will draw on film clips, script readings and published research articles to set up an urgent conversation about the ethics of contemporary community arts practice. Members of the CYA@HOME youth theatre group, in conversation with Community Arts North West (CAN) Creative Director Stella Barnes, will present a response.
When: Tuesday March 26th, 5-7pm
Where: Room BZ303, Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, M15 6BR To register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-ethics-of-community-arts-practice-with-refugeebackground-young-people-tickets-57584745524