Theory-Art-Action: On Binationalism and Other Specters

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Date:

From 10-Oct-11 7:00 pm through 18-Oct-11 8:30 pm

Location:

Dodge Hall, Miller Theater (2960 Broadway at 116th St) and Shapiro Theatre (605 W 115th Street)

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Info:

Columbia University School of the Arts and the Heyman Center for the Humanities present:

Theory-Art-Action: On Binationalism and Other Specters
Screenings, Panel, Performances from Oct 10 - 18

Screening of Local Angel: Theological Political Fragments (2002) and Kashmir: Journey to Freedom (2009) by Udi Aloni

Followed by Q&A with director

Mon, Oct 10, 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm
Dodge Hall, The Lifetime Screening Room (511), 2960 Broadway at 116th Street

First come, first served


What Does a Jew Want?: On Binationalism and Other Specters by Udi Aloni (Columbia University Press, 2011)
Panel Discussion with the author Udi Aloni,  moderated by Film Program Professor James Schamus, with contributors Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek and Associate Professor, Columbia Journalism School Alisa Solomon.  Followed by book signing with author and contributors.

Wed, Oct 12, 7 pm
Miller Theatre: 2960 Broadway at 116th Street
First come, first served.

Performance of While Waiting
Director Udi Aloni presented by The Freedom Theater-Jenin

Open Rehersal
Mon, Oct 17, 7 pm
Schapiro Theater: 605 W 115th Street
RSVP for the performance: arts@columbia.edu

Inaugural Performance
Tues, Oct 18, 7pm
Miller Theatre

About the participants:

Udi Aloni

Alain Badiou

Alisa Solomon

James Schamus

Slavoj Žižek

The Freedom Theatre-Jenin


About the upcoming book:
What Does a Jew Want?: On Binationalism and Other Specters  visit Columbia University Press’ site
 
About the performance:
While WaitingThe Freedom Theatre

Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece, Waiting for Godot, is one of the most important and challenging literary works of modernism, and as such, it is a perfect graduation project for the students of the acting school at The Freedom Theatre of the Jenin refugee camp.

Some might claim that at the core of Waiting for Godot lies a nihilistic repetition -- a representation of the meaninglessness of modern life.

Directed by Udi Aloni, this production will focus on the search for meaning, solidarity and friendship within the repetition itself. This search within the perpetual repetition is what creates an opening in a world where friendship and devotion may seem to be impossible.  

Through a kind of “weak energy,” the two clowns, Didi and Gogo, fill their endless time with an intense creativity -- an act of devotion within a place where meaning is impossible to uncover.  It is this insistent search for a meaningful game that continually recreates us as human.

In a way, this production of Waiting for Godot is a reflection on the experience of the students of The Freedom Theatre after the recent murder of their Master Teacher and beloved Trickster, Juliano Mer Khamis. The students’ performance of the play is in itself an act of fidelity and healing after a meaningless and tragic loss.

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