Creative People for Peace

Dec 14, 2023—Jan 8, 2024

Creative People for Peace (CP4P) develops and tours new, original theatrical works with artists from cultures in crisis due to political conflict and/or ecological disasters. In all aspects of their work, CP4P  seeks to engage refugee communities, from offering trauma-informed storytelling workshops and masterclasses to providing sliding scale or free admission to performances and hiring directly from the refugee community.

CP4P’s most recent project was Slovo. Theater Group, a unique artistic residency founded in April 2022 to promote Ukrainian culture abroad that included founder Audrey Rose Degez and four actresses from Kharkiv, Ukraine.

 


I will dance with those oak trees as long as

Creative People for Peace will be in residence to develop and present their new work, I will dance with those oak trees as long as.

In March of 1988 in Halabja, Iraq, Saddam Hussein’s regime committed an atrocious genocide of Kurdish peoples through the use of chemical weapons. Set in a carpet store at this time, I will dance with those oak trees as long as takes us on a poetic voyage into the life of three Kurdish women, inspired by the poetry of Kajal Ahmad and the characters Gilgamesh, Enkidu, and Ninsun from the world’s most ancient epic poem: Gilgamesh. Carpets, chairs, and strings create an environment in which three women navigate a violent and unstable world. Accompanied by soundscapes inspired by traditional Kurdish music, objects, puppets, and a multilayered world of reality, dreams, memories, and visions explore the question of what it means to be a hero when you have no other choice.