Past activities

Children in Conflicts

November-December 2003

Theatre workshops to the exhibition "Krieg ist kein Kinderspiel – Kinderzeichnungen zum Krieg" (War isn't Child's Play – Children's drawings in wars) in the House of Democracy and Human Rights, Berlin
A joint project of sabisa – performing change, the Foundation of the House of Democracy and the Berlin Network of Non-Governmental Organisations (Berliner Entwicklungspolitischen Ratschlags e.V.)
in cooperation with GRIPS Theatre
Theatre workshops accompanying the exhibition "Krieg ist kein Kinderspiel – Kinderzeichnungen zum Krieg" (War isn't Child's Play – Children's drawings in wars) in the House of Democracy and Human Rights, Berlin
A joint project of sabisa - performing change, the Foundation of the House of Democracy and the Berlin Network of Non-Governmental Organisations (Berliner Entwicklungspolitischen Ratschlags e.V.)
in cooperation with GRIPS Theatre
sabisa carried out half-day workshops with four primary school classes (grades 3 to 6) on the subject of wars and conflicts, thereby implementing an unusual approach. After visiting the exhibition of children's drawings on wars ranging from the Spanish civil war to Afghanistan, the children had the opportunity of expressing their impressions of the exhibition physically and verbally. Our aim was to break down the –for most children– abstract experience of war to their own experiences of conflicts. Starting with terms that the children mentioned in association with the drawings, we asked them about links to their own realities. This led to several theatrical scenes of situational conflicts that the children know. Sources of conflict and possible solutions were rehearsed and discussed together with the rest of the group. In all the project sessions an intense debate on the meaning of war and the feelings and experiences associated with it ensued. The drawings by children in war situations touched the Berlin children to the extent that an unusually sensitive and serious exchange on personal conflicts was made possible. The physical expressions of their own conflicts and the playful manner in which they were able to explore their own feelings and experiences facilitated the reflection of conflicts in general.