ACT: Violence processing and prevention through empathetic communication and theatre

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Zoukak recently closed the project "ACT!",  a collaboration with Violence Prevention Network (VPN) in Germany, with the launching of a publication around the practice of theatre and non-violent communication.

The ACT! Project set out to explore the connections of the work between Zoukak and VPN, working in different settings, with many years of experience in their respective fields of work.

It also aimed to have a collective associative experience, explore and pilot the idea of combining the methods of anti-violence work and theatre work. The project aimed to design and deliver a training, which mixes theatre and anti-violence techniques by Zoukak in Beirut, Lebanon.

The training implemented through this project relied on empathic communication / Nonviolent Communication and theatre tools to create a space of personal and collective action to connect with and process experiences of violence. 

The publication conceived as a result of this project, is a self-reflection on own practices; as a next step in the discussions with peers that rely on distinct sets of tools: theatre and Nonviolent Communication (also called empathetic communication), which were combined with the exchange and input delivered by Violence Prevention Network and external experts

The one-year project was funded by ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. (zivik funding scheme) with resources provided by the German Federal Foreign Office.